Grilled Chicken and a Light Creamy Pasta

1471309951290Sometimes a nice creamy bowl of pasta is just calling your name, and there is no reason why you can’t indulge guilt free.

As time goes on I have noticed that the family seems more and more willing to try to enjoy the same foods I do, which is really just modified versions of what they eat. The other night we were all craving pasta so I decided to have them try my light cream sauce, and they loved it! They had their regular pasta and I had mine on a gluten-free quinoa pasta but it was the same sauce for all! Next we try the same pasta for all 😉

We added some grilled chicken for protein and a side salad – it was a complete meal enjoyed by all.

Grilled Chicken:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil

Mix all the ingredients together and marinate the chicken breasts. Let rest at least 30 minutes.

Bake the chicken in the oven at 375° F for 20 – 25 minutes.

Let the chicken cool, slice into thin strips.20160908_164303

Light Cream Sauce:

  • 1 green onion chopped fine
  • 1-2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup light cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup broth (chicken or vegetable)
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach
  • salt to taste
  • sliced grape tomatoes
  • chopped red pepper
  • cooked pasta of choice

Heat oil in skillet and add in green onions and garlic, sautée till translucent.

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Whisk in the cream cheese and broth till smooth, stir in yogurt and spices and continue whisking. Bring the sauce to a gentle boil and add the fresh spinach. Reduce heat and allow the sauce to simmer till spinach is cooked.

Add sauce to cooked pasta, sliced tomatoes and chopped red pepper, toss well till coated.

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Transfer desired amount of pasta to a plate, top with sliced chicken and fresh basil.

Enjoy!!

 

 

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