1.24.2013

healthy eating: Tuscany Chicken Pasta

As promised in this post, I will be incorporating more food and recipe posts on my blog because, well to be honest, food excites me and I love eating and trying new things. This recipe in particular is one I created when I was literally throwing things together that I had in my fridge -- and the results were a hit! I made this a few years ago for my roommates who loved it, D loves it....and the best part is that it's relatively healthy and guilt free. I named it Tuscany Chicken pasta (don't ask me why, it just seemed like a good name) and the rest is history. Here is the recipe (sorry I don't measure anything) but you'll get the gist if you want to make it for yourself.
 What you'll need:
chicken breast (cut into chunks)
zucchini and squash (diced up)
2 cans of dice tomatoes (I like Hunt's basil, garlic & oregano)
minced or fresh garlic
lemon juice
salt & pepper
parmesan cheese (for sprinkling or loading on like I do!)
pasta of your choice (I like whole wheat bow ties or rotelle)
 First, you'll cut up the lean chicken breasts into small manageable chunks (remember this is being tossed over pasta so whatever size you want) and dice the zucchini and yellow squash. Here I realized I only bought zucchini so I had to make due. But the beauty of cooking is it doesn't matter. You make due with what you have.
 once everything is diced and prepped, saute the garlic (fresh or minced will work -- whatever you have on hand) with a little bit of olive oil in two separate pans. After the garlic browns a little add the chicken in one pan and the veggies in another to cook both shown below.

 salt and pepper everything to taste as they cook.
once the chicken is cooked through (no longer pink) transfer the chicken into the pan with the veggies.
add the two cans of seasoned dice tomatoes. If you only have plain diced tomatoes you can always season it up yourself during this step using a little dried basil and oregano.
Add a little lemon juice (fresh or bottled -- whatever you have on hand) to give the flavor a little depth.
PS. nevermind my crazy chipped nail polish. Blogger FAIL!
 Saute and simmer.
At this point, get a pot of boiling water ready for your pasta. As I mentioned before, I like using a whole wheat pasta option just because it's healthier but feel free to use whatever you like.
Once the pasta is cooked al dente -- remove pan from simmering, and spoon it out over your pasta.
Don't forget the Parmesan cheese!!
And bon appetite! 
Enjoy a healthy meal with fresh and simple ingredients : )

Hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I do -- and if you have a questions feel free to ask!

-Steph

24 comments:

  1. This looks really good, I love pasta too!

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  2. Those are some of my favorite vegetables! Plus pasta? Match made in heaven!

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  3. Yum that sounds delicious! I love a bowl of pasta!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
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  4. That looks amazing, I def need to try this!!

    PS: We have the same spoon rest =] LOVEEEE Pier 1!!

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  5. wow, looks so yummy <3

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  6. This osund delicious, I'm def going to try it, sometimes I have no idea of what to do so it can be fresh, yummy and heatly and this osunds peeeeeerfect!


    xx

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  7. Great post. Newest follower.
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  8. Lovin' this recipe! Looks delicious! What is that fancy {and cute} little orange knife you have there?!

    Molly from littlebittyprettylife.blogspot.com

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  9. Looks Delicious! I'm always looking for simple & quick recipes to make during the week!

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  10. This looks good Steph! Dean and I try to keep some of this stuff in the apartment so maybe we can try it soon!
    Jenn
    With Luck

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  11. yuuuum! that looks so good! and that orange knife is so cool looking!

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  12. Looks great! Sure it tasted great too!

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  13. this looks so delicious! you make it look so easy!

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  14. I love "whatever's in the fridge" meals. This looks good!

    Kristina

    Kristina does the Internets

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  15. Looks delicous! I'll have to give it a try :)

    Kali
    Kali Now Living

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    Kisses
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  17. Fun!! Looks absolutely delicious!! I do love pasta and is so thankful that you shared this with us! :)

    ♥, Jo
    http://www.StyleAt30.com
    {Style + Travel}

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  18. I'm drooling! This looks SO good and SO simple! I love adding fresh veggies to a pasta dish.

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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  19. Looks so yummy. Wish I could eat it for dinner right now.

    xo Ashley
    http://www.ashnfashn.com

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  20. This looks delicious! Love fashion posts, but also really excited for more food/recipe posts! :)

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  21. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe. It looks amazing and very healthy.

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