Thursday, January 26, 2012

Chicken Pasta

The great thing about pasta is that you can make so many different kinds. Tonight I'm going to show you how to make chicken pasta, but you could also use ground turkey or veggies. (I like to saute zucchini, squash, and onion- but I prefer to do this in the summer time when I can get the squash and zucchini fresh from our garden.)
This is another quick and easy recipe (a recurring theme here at Heart Healthy Mama!).
1 lb chicken, cut into bite size pieces
1 jar low sodium pasta sauce (we use Trader Joe's No Salt Added)
2 cloves garlic
multi grain pasta noodles

Start by gathering your ingredients.

Heat a little bit of canola oil in a non stick pan, and add chicken.

Meanwhile, get a pot of water on the stove, and turn the heat on under it.
While your meat is cooking, mince your garlic. My favorite little trick is this awesome gadget pictured below- you just peel your garlic cloves, stick them in the top, and roll it across the counter. It minces them up perfectly for you! The gadget is made by a company called Chef'n.

See how nicely it minces?

When your chicken is cooked through, reduce heat to low, add your sauce and minced garlic, and cover. Let it simmer while your noodles are cooking. (Water should be boiling by now. We also like to add a bit of minced garlic to the pasta water too. We LOVE garlic in this house, and it's great for your heart!)

When noodles are done, drain them, return them to the pan and mix in your chicken and sauce mixture.

I found a great low fat, low sodium loaf of bread at Trader Joe's. (Trust me, not easy to find a fresh baked loaf with those requirements!! Especially the sodium!)

If you're feeling extra fancy, slice up the bread and serve with a dish of olive oil to dip into.

Serve with a yummy fresh salad, and you're good to go!
Give it a try, and please be sure to leave comments- they make my day!!

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