Healthy Chicken Margherita Pasta

Oh my goodness!  You guys have to try this new recipe. It is amazing! I am always on the lookout for quick, easy, and healthy recipes. Freezer friendly that can be portioned out and ready for the microwave straight from the freezer are also a huge plus for me. Well this recipe has all of those qualities! I found this Healthy Chicken Margherita Pasta recipe on Once a Month meals and tried it out the other day. 

 

Here is the picture that they have of it. Mine looked pretty darn close to this. I only made a few modifications!

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The first modification was to use whole wheat pasta instead of white. I used Barilla Whole Grain Penne pasta.barilla

Second I changed the amount of chicken and tomatoes and increased the number of servings!

Healthy Chicken Margherita Pasta
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Cuisine: Itallian
Serves: 8
 
A great freezer friendly ready to eat meal that is done in about 30 minutes!
Ingredients
  • 1 box Barilla Whole Grain Penne
  • 24 oz cook and dice Chicken, Boneless Breasts
  • 1.5 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons chop Basil, Fresh
  • 2 cup halve Grape Tomatoes
  • 1 cups Mozzarella Cheese, 2%, Shredded
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, combine pasta, chicken, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil.
  3. Gently fold in grape tomatoes and half of mozzarella cheese.
  4. Transfer to a glass baking dish, top with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  5. Bake, covered, 350F for 15 minutes until heated through.
  6. Divide between 8 microwavable and freezer friendly containers. Freeze
  7. To re-heat, place in microwave for 1-2 minutes until warmed through.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 372 Fat: 10 Carbohydrates: 39 Protein: 36

 

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Weekend Meal Prep

Over the last couple of days I did a HUGE weekend meal prep. I had started slacking off on having pre-portioned healthy meals ready to go. Usually I will do a huge cooking weekend to get stocked up and then every weekend I will prep one recipe to add to the ones that I have in the freezer so we don’t run out. This also helps with decreased amount of time in the kitchen each weekend prepping meals! Here is the breakdown of what I made this weekend with recipes linked! As a side note I decided to use ground chicken instead of beef or turkey to simplify and reduce cost of the meals! I grind my own chicken at home with my Kitchenaid stand mixer which is amazing! Okay here goes!

Chicken Pad Thai – forgot to take a picture of this!

BLT turkey/chicken meatballs from The Perfect Pantry meatball Cookbook

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Taco Meatballs (made with ground chicken)

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Chile Garlic shrimp with Brown Rice

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Healthy Chicken and Rice Enchilada Casserole

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Clean Meal Planning

Hello all of the beautiful people out there! Today is Friday which means it is meal planning day in my house! I only work a half day on Fridays so this is the day that works best for me to get organized and ready for the next week. With planning the next week on a Friday I am able to use the weekend to prep anything that I might need done ahead of time for the week as well as get my shopping in. It is also the day that I get my Bountiful Basket every other week and therefore I can plan my week around the produce I get from there! Remember that the key to success is to plan ahead! Failure to plan is Planning to fail!! Okay off my soap-box.  I base all of my (most since I follow the 80/20 rule) food off of this awesome little powerhouse of a book. tosca-reno-eat-clean-diet

If you are unfamiliar with the principles behind clean eating do some research. The basic jist is this…eat less processed food and more fresh food. Sounds like a good plan right? I try to eat 3 meals with 2 snacks each day. I am for 6 servings of fruits/veggies, 6 servings of protein, and 3-4 servings of complex carbs. I count some fruits and veggies as my complex carb like sweet potatoes and bananas. If you want more details I highly recommend Tosca’s book! I also love her “just the rules” book as well!

Here is what next week’s meals look like for me. I workout at 5:30 every morning so my pre-workout snack is the first meal and then I have my “big” breakfast after my workout. Keep in mind that it is ideal to eat every 2-3 hours to keep you metabolism up!

 2-17-15 meal plan

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Recipes to feed a group

I don’t know about you but this time of year always gets me looking into good recipes to feed a group with. I also would like to be able to feed a group a good and tasty meal without sacrificing my goals and priorities for my family when it comes to nutrition. So the challenge now is having a good, tasty, and clean meal that is not difficult to prepare for a group. Now there is a task….unfortunately our society and culture lives off of sugar and processed food. I found a great blog article from a site that I visit regularly and wanted to share it with you! Clean Recipes for a Large Group. No fancy pictures this time just a good ol’ link to another blog with great information!

 

Enjoy!

 

~Abby

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