Okay, so you may not want to make these two recipes to go together.. or you could.. but they were both so delicious I couldn’t help but share them BOTH for your weekend of kitchen adventures! But, before I do that I want to share a few exciting things that have taken place this week!
On Wednesday, I had a spontaneous small meeting with two of my supervisors and another co-worker, Steve (who has also been helping me with gardening advice – coming soon!). We got to chatting and I mentioned that they should try some of the fruit leather and gummy snacks we had made on Monday. I love to share any new creations (that are edible) with my co-workers to get their critiques; I also just like sharing food at work because it always seems to make someone’s day! I mean, I know I always get ecstatic when someone brings food to share. Anyways, they were a bit apprehensive at first but then actually tried both! Everyone seemed to like it, though I got more feedback in the form of “could it actually be that simple” and “is there really nothing in it besides fruit” questions. Which, of course, the answers are yes and yes!
Second (and eventually third) awesome moment for me was that on Thursday another co-worker,the ever-so-stylish Borjana, came by to inquire about the fruit leather because her and her mother were going to try to make it this weekend! During our discussion, another co-worker came out of her office and said she had heard all of the chatter about these snacks and wanted to hear more. I was so excited that she wanted to try some and then super disappointed that I had forgotten to bring either snack in that day, but I did get to show them a few pictures. I brought some in today and haven’t had any bad reviews so far. One agreed with me that we like the fruit leather better than the gummy snacks – but neither of us are big gummy eaters.
I am just so excited that people are interested in eating cheaply, simply, “cleanly”, and healthily (and yes, I’m also excited that some were interested in our blog)!
Anywho, on to those recipes!
I love noodles, but I really can’t stand – brace yourself – tomato sauce. So, naturally I became a Alfredo sauce fan, which, of course, is no good for you apparently. I usually just eat it anyways because its delicious. I have made some Alfredo sauce from scratch before but that recipe called for lots of ingredients which I don’t always keep around, and was probably just as not-so-good-for-you minus the processed ingredients. So, when I saw this recipe for “skinny” Alfredo sauce – I just had to try it.
Skinny Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo, adapted from Iowa Girl Eats - she’s got some great instructional pictures!
I loved two things about this recipe – 1. It was delicious, and 2. It was so easy and quick, it was ready in about 10 minutes! (Be sure to compare the nutritional information provided below between this dish with Applebee’s version – you won’t believe it!!)
1. Gather your ingredients.
- Pasta (I used about 1/4-ish box of the fettuccine because the box was already open. You could also use rice instead!)
- Broccoli (we always have a big bag of frozen broccoli because it can healthily accompany just about any meal!)
- Chicken (I used about 1/3 of a Tupperware)
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- Minced garlic (I didn’t have any fresh garlic, so I just used the stuff in the canister.)
- 2 tablespoons flour
- “1 cup chicken broth” (Usually I would just use water instead, to nix the sodium, and, I just never have chicken broth, but Dietrich had bought a canister of chicken broth crumbles that you dissolve in water to make chicken broth. I used a bit too much because I was in a rush but it was super deliciously tastey.)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
2. Make the noodles and broccoli and chicken. Boil water, put noodles in (I plopped the broccoli and chicken in with it after I had thawed them for a minute in the microwave), stop cooking when noodles and broccoli are cooked and soft enough to your liking.
3. Heat and stir olive oil and garlic for about 1 minute.
4. Whisk in flour for about a minute.
5. Whisk in chicken broth and milk and Greek yogurt for a few minutes.
6. Lastly, whisk in Parmesan cheese and let thicken for a minute.
7. Gather enough pasta, broccoli, and chicken for dinner and mix that delicious right on in!
Voila, you have now made an extremely delicious dinner. I had enough pasta for my dinner plus two lunches, and I still have two or more servings of the sauce in the fridge left for later!
Skinny Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
Applebee’s Chicken Broccoli Alfredo Bowl
I had to look in several places because these values were unbelievable. Yes, you could say that you would take some home for leftovers – but that is still pretty ridiculous. This comes from Applebee’s own nutritional information Website.
What are you cooking up this weekend?