I've started working on my 2011 Goals and part of that is losing 2 dress sizes :-). How am I going to achieve this you may ask? Eating healthier and of course becoming more active. But first things first I needed to get back into healthy eating before tackling the gym, I don't want to over do it so I'm taking two weeks to get into healthy eating. This week I made an excellent recipe from Guilt Free Cooking called Chicken Pasta Primavera. Can that really be healthy? Oh yes it can and on top of that you get a large amount to eat which only amounts to 8 Weight Watchers Points!! SCORE!!
Like a flake I totally forgot to take a picture of the ingredients but you will need: Reduced Fat Cream of Chicken Soup, Basil, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, California Style Veggies, Chicken, Spaghetti, Water, Lemon Juice, and Parmesan Cheese.
First step first I started boiling my water for the spaghetti, then grab a sauce pot.
Put your cream of chicken soup, basil, salt, pepper, water, lemon juice, and garlic powder in a sauce pan and stir it all together. Then heat to a bowl.
While thats heating cook off your chicken in a pan and then set aside.
Once your soupy mixture comes to a bowl toss in your veggies, reduce the heat and simmer until the veggies are softened. And can I say that the California style veggie mix is awesome. It's a combo of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. The only thing that'd make it better would be water chestnuts! I am so excited to finally try the California style veggie mix and it will now be a regular in our house!
You will find that everything finishes up around the same time so I am lacking a few photo's, but once your veggies are done you will want to toss your chicken pieces into the pot and just heat the mixture long enough to get the chicken hot again. Drain your pasta and then combine everything together in a casserole dish!
The recipe calls to sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top of the mixture but since Chuck isn't a fan I left it off until I made my plate. Give yourself 1 1/3 cups of the pasta mix (that equals the 9 WW pts) and we added a slice of Texas Toast (delish by the way) for a total of an 11 point dinner that doesn't leave me hungry.
This was so yummy! I made just a little too much pasta (don't you always) so next time I make it I'll be making a lot less but overall it was a good meal. Somewhat bland so if you like you can add some heat. Chuck would have preferred some spice but I was fine with the way it was. I think this meal will be best in the summer. It's super light and as Chuck said "it feels like we are eating something healthy"...well duh it's supposed to be :-)
Anywho I highly recommend this recipe and the Guilt Free book, it's awesome. Be prepared to see a bunch more recipes from this book as our menu is overloaded with them :-)
Side note - my first week of Weight Watchers and I lost 4 lbs so far (and I technically don't weigh myself until Monday WOO HOO)!! It's a small step but that's how these long journeys began!!