Sunday, June 8, 2014

30 Minute Chicken-Pasta-Veggie Loaded Recipe

Hungry? Good. Don't feel like spending an hour or two of cooking? Well, not everyday I do either....or have the time for that matter.

Have a love for olive oil? Well, I do. Olive oil is one of the best sources of monounsaturated fatty acids. Please take a moment to give a nod to Mr. Olive Oil who works hard to lower your blood cholesterol levels.

Have some asparagus, grape tomatoes, and kale? If not, that's ok. Give yourself some time to buy some. Skip the Ragu tomato sauce in the aisle and stick to the produce section (plus pasta, chicken, and cheese). Trust me, you'll keep this recipe in your stock pile of an easy meal to whip up on a late night while fueling your body right. This recipe is very similar to the Tomato Basil Chicken pasta you'd like to check that out too!

Chicken-Asparagus-Kale-Tomato Linguine

  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 1 bundle of asparagus
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes
  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 box of linguine
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • Optional: BASIL! I didn't have any fresh basil on hand but this would be a great addition to add just before serving

First, heat on high a bot of water for the pasta. Cook the linguine per directions. Cut the chicken breasts into 2 inch pieces and add to a saucepan. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto chicken and cook through and set aside. Then wash and then cut the kale and asparagus into 2 inch pieces. Next,  add 1/3 extra virgin olive oil to a dutch oven or large saucepan on medium heat. Add the garlic to the olive oil and let the garlic simmer for a minute or until it starts to turn golden brown. Add the grape tomatoes and asparagus. Cook for 3 minutes and add the kale. Once the asparagus is easily pierced with a fork,  add the cooked chicken and linguine. Sprinkle with your desired cheese and enjoy!

Yes to the dutch oven!

I'm a little excited to have left overs ready for the work week.


P.S- Your dog pic of the week.