If you know me, you know I make lists and schedules, and when it comes to the dinner schedule deviation is NOT an option. But since we went hiking this past weekend I was not able to sit down with all my recipes, trusty pen, menu or grocery list.
Don't worry though. I didn't panic, get sweat palms, have heart palpitations or faint! I went to a recipe that we tried last week, one I found on Skinnytaste.com, and all I needed was to make a quick trip to the store for some zucchini for tonight's spontaneous concoction of a dinner known as:
Angel Hair with Zucchini and Tomatoes (with chicken)
2 zucchini, julienne or cut into ribbons
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 shallots, diced
3 tomatoes, diced
4 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper
8 oz angel hair pasta, whole wheat
1/4 cup low-sodium fat-free chicken broth
crushed red pepper flakes to taste (optional)
cooked chicken breasts (see Hope's Notes below about chicken)
In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to instructions.
Drain pasta when done and toss the pasta well with zucchini. Serve with grated Parmesan if you so desire!
Yields: 4 equal servings
Nutritional Info: (for pasta ONLY)
254.4 calories, 5.7g fat, 7.4g protein, 51g carbs, 7.8g fiber, 2.6g sugar
Hope's Note: make this a completely vegan/vegetarian dish by omitting the chicken and substituting vegetable broth
Hope's Note: I make chicken to go along side. You can bake at 350F covered for about 35 minutes. Grilling is also an option. I tend to cook 1 breast pre-skinned & boned per person, giving myself about 4-6 oz. Nutritional information WILL change and the above does not account for this addition!
Hope's Note: Try to choose happy chicken! Cage free, no hormones, etc... It is my (unproven) theory that happy chickens are not stressed and because they are not stressed they don't have as high of cholesterol levels, which means I'm not ingesting extra cholesterol than I would with chickens that are freaked out all the time. Makes sense in my world LOL!