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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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Lemon Spaghetti with Chicken and Broccoli

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Another dinner recipe? I know, things are getting a little crazy over here, and everyone is experiencing sugar withdrawal, but I promise this recipe is a good one! My mom started making this probably the year before I moved away from home. I made it a few times while I was on my own, but then kind of forgot about it until a few months ago. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I have rediscovered it.

It is so easy to whip up on a weeknight, and it is so so sooo delicious. Every time I eat it, I can’t believe how simple it is, yet how good it tastes! I think you should probably make it tonight!

I usually never make it with feta, but it just so happened IMG_0815that this time we had some kicking around in the fridge. It tastes amazing with or without it, so don’t worry if you don’t have it. The parmesan is essential though!

I have gone through like 12 lemons this week, and I have to say that I LIKED it. My other lemony creations were full of sugar and butter and lots of other gross stuff like that…..who am I kidding, we all know sugar and butter make everything better! I can’t wait to share those recipes with you very soon!

Anyways, here is the recipe, one of my all time favourites, and one that you should definitely try!

Lemon Spaghetti with Chicken and Broccoli

Serves 2-3

  • 1 large or 2 small chicken breasts (you can really do as much or as little chicken as you like)IMG_0817
  • 1 tsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 yellow or green pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 lb.  spaghetti or any other long pasta (about half of a box)
  • Juice of 1 lemon (could be more or less depending on your tastes)
  • Parmesan cheese/feta, to your liking

Slice chicken into strips or chunks, and season liberally with salt and pepper.

Add 1-2 tbsp. of oil to a skillet, and heat over medium-high. Once pan is hot, add chicken and garlic, and stir. Turn heat down to medium, and cook until chicken is cooked through (5-6mins). IMG_0828

Meanwhile, add spaghetti to a pot of boiling salted water. Add broccoli and peppers to boiling pasta water with pasta during last few minutes of cook time.

Drain pasta and vegetables, and add cooked chicken to pot.

Mix in juice from one lemon, and parmesan cheese/feta to your liking. (Start with a little, and add until it tastes good to you, we like a lot of lemon and cheese, but everyone’s tastes will be different.)

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