I honestly rarely eat pasta. I avoid it because it has so many carbs and is just too many calories. Sometimes I just want a pasta dinner, so I recently came up with this recipe for Chicken Alfredo with Sundried Tomatoes. For a pasta dish - it is lighter in calories and filling! It's also made with whole wheat pasta - so at least the carbs are complex.
My mom came over to watch the Bachelorette with us, so we had a 'Build Your Own Pasta' night.
Ingredients: (I got mine from Trader Joe's)
Organic Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
(Choose a sauce)
Alfredo pasta sauce (try to find light - I couldn't find it this time)
Trader Joe's traditional marinara sauce (or organic marinara sauce)
(Choose a meat)
1 lb. all natural chicken tenders
1 bag pre-cooked shrimp (tails removed & deveined, frozen or fresh)
Cook the noodles according to the package.
Heat your sauce (or both).
While the noodles are cooking, grill the chicken tenders and shrimp. I marinaded my chicken in a ziploc bag with olive oil, salt, pepper, and light italian dressing. Once the chicken is grilled, I slice it up into large pieces to put on the pasta.
If you are using shrimp, put them on wooden skewers and grill them for about 3 minutes on each side. Make sure you soak the wooden skewers in water so they aren't a fire hazard.
Build your pasta! I made mine with the alfredo sauce, chicken, and topped it with the sundried tomatoes. Enjoy with a salad on the side!
|My husband added alfredo sauce and shrimp to his!|
Nutrition Information: (3/4 C whole wheat pasta, 3/8 C alfredo, 3 oz grilled chicken breast, 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes): 474 calories. (3/4 C whole wheat pasta, 1/2 C marinara, 3 oz grilled chicken, 2 tbsp sun-dried tomatoes): 389 calories