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Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

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Hello friends! I am finally starting to wake up from my Easter food coma. After all the deliciousness of the main meal, followed by the discounted Easter candy that I consumed this week, I am ready to get back on track. I see this recipe as sort of like a bridge between the indulgent and the healthy. 

I am always intrigued by recipes which claim to be ‘healthy’ versions of alfredo sauce because I’ve tried quite a few in the past with very limited success. This one uses greek yogourt which I think is a great idea, and we all know greek yogourt is all the rage these days.  The dish is actually really quick to put together, and the end result is pretty impressive. Though It definitely cannot replace a full on alfredo sauce, it is a pretty good substitute for a once and a while treat. If anything, I suggest purchasing a good quality cheese for this recipe, it will make a huge difference in the final product. The original recipe called for parmesan, but I used pecorino romano only because it was what I had on hand. I only ask that you don’t use the powdery kind of parmesan, as it is probably not even 100% cheese, and will compromise the creaminess of the sauce! The nutmeg is optional, but it just adds a little something something to the sauce. Any creamy sauce will perk up with a pinch of nutmeg!

I found this recipe on what may be my new favourite blog, Iowa Girl Eats. Every recipe I see there looks delicious and speaks exactly to the kind of foods that I like. She is also interested in focusing on fun healthy recipes, which is right up my alley as well! Go check the blog out, I guarantee you will find many delicious things and great ideas.

Skinny Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

Barely adapted from Iowa Girl Eats

  • 2 chicken breasts, seasoned to your taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 8 oz pasta of your choice ( I used gemelli -  use about half IMG_1450of a 500g box)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced (2 cloves)
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth, low sodium
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogourt
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • 3/4 cup pecorino romano cheese, grated

Cut chicken breasts into cubes, and cook in a pan over medium high heat, remove from pan and set aside.

Cook pasta in boiling salted water. Add broccoli to pasta water during last 3 minutes. Drain pasta and broccoli and set aside.

Heat EVOO in a skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for about 1 minute stirring constantly. The garlic will burn, so adjust the heat and stir stir stir!

Sprinkle flour into skillet with garlic and whisk to incorporate for 1 minute.

Slowly whisk in chicken broth and milk. Whisk in greek yogourt, and salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Turn the heat down to low and let simmer for a few minutes to thicken.

Turn off the heat and stir in cheese and chicken until combined. Mix with pasta and broccoli and stir to coat.

Serve with additional cheese on top if desired. Enjoy!

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Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

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Today I bring you a savoury, dinner recipe. I figured that I can’t be serving you dessert every day, so I better sneak something healthy and acceptable to eat for dinner into the blog. Not that you can’t eat pumpkin pancakes for dinner, because I definitely did!

IMG_0783This recipe has been in my rotation for the past year or so, and it is really good. Giada has never steered me wrong! Are you obsessed with The Food Network? I am. I probably wouldn’t even realize if that was the only channel that we got. Sometimes we go the whole day without changing the channel. It’s educational..right? It’s just like school!

Usually we stick to chicken breasts, but once in a while I like to switch it up and buy some chicken drumsticks. They are super cheap, and I can usually get a big pack of 10 for around $5.00, and compared to the price of chicken breasts, this is a welcome change of pace! IMG_0788

I served this with steamed broccoli and rice, and it was a very fulfilling Sunday night dinner. For an after dinner treat we had something special which will be showing up on the blog very soon (hint: it will continue the pumpkin lovefest).

Balsamic Chicken Drumsticks

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp chopped garlic (or 2-3 cloves, chopped)
  • 5-6 chicken drumsticks

Combine balsamic vinegar, honey, brown sugar, garlic, and soy sauce in a small bowl or large ziploc bag. Mix until brown sugar is dissolved. Add chicken drumsticks and coat with sauce. Place in fridge for 2 hours (I have reduced the marinating time to 20-30mins when I’m in a hurry, and they’re still delicious!)

When ready to prepare, preheat oven to 400degrees. Place drumsticks on a rack on a foil lined baking sheet (if you don’t have a rack, just place them directly on the foil).  Reserve leftover marinade in a small saucepan.

IMG_0796Bake drumsticks in preheated oven for 30-35 mins. Turn drumsticks once halfway through, and brush with reserved sauce. Turn oven to broil for last 5 minutes to brown skin.

While drumsticks are cooking, bring reserved marinade to a boil in saucepan. Once boiling, turn heat down to low and simmer for 15-20 mins. (This will kill all bacteria from the raw chicken).

Brush drumsticks with reserved marinade before serving.

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