Have I mentioned before that I LOVE pasta and that I usually have it at least once a day? Yes, I know it’s not the best choice but it’s really not a problem! Let me explain. I love almost every pasta dish, and I’m always experimenting with different flavors and new combinations. The trick to enjoying a yummy pasta dish without packing on the pounds is loading up the dish with great flavors, healthy vegetables and clean protein. You CAN satisfy your pasta cravings by eating much less than you think-I promise. Just about every pasta dish that I make consists of 75-80% vegetables (and protein) and only 25%-20% pasta. This is more than satisfying, and I always have a HUGE plate =) Today, I bring you a great new recipe I’ve concocted using one of my favorite flavors, pesto. This healthy pesto pasta is packed with medley of delicious flavors and textures enter the : Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken & Sweet Potato…
Pesto Pasta with Grilled Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe (Serves 2)
One red onion
One sweet potato (cut into cubes and roasted)
One cup green beans
One chicken breast (grilled and cut into 1” strips)
One cup cooked whole wheat pasta
¼ cup fresh basil pesto (my simple pesto sauce recipe)
3 T parmesan cheese
1 plus 1/2 T olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dice one sweet potato into cubes, toss with 1 T olive oil, salt and pepper. Transfer onto cookie sheet, bake for 30 minutes until golden.
Prepare one grilled chicken breast. Brush the chicken with olive oil, and then rub with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Grill the chicken for approx. 15 minutes until blackened. Cut the chicken into 1” strips.
In a large skillet, sauté olive oil, red onion and green beans for approx. 5 minutes. Add the roasted sweet potato and chicken, sauté for 1-2 more minutes. Transfer mixture into a bowl.
In the same skillet, add the fresh basil pesto and pasta. Sauté for 1 minute, add chicken and vegetable mixture to the pasta, lastly add parmesan cheese and salt & pepper to taste.
And now for my deliciously simple basil pesto sauce recipe…