Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Fat Tuesday Dinner

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I’m so sad I missed Fat Tuesday yesterday on the blog. My full time job + my wedding took up literally 20 hours of my day so I wasn’t able to blog any delicious recipes! But don’t worry, I still honored the day by enjoying a few glasses of Chardonnay and cooking a LOWfat meal in honor of Mardi Gras!

So what is this pile of creamy, spinachey goodness? Goat cheese, chicken and spinach pasta. As you know, I’m sort of having an affair with goat cheese and I wanted to use it a little differently than I had in the past. After doing a bit of searching, I found a similar recipe that sparked my interest. And it was super easy and only took about 20 minutes. After a long day of working and wedding related stress, that was exactly what I needed.

What’s so great about this dish is that it’s not overly creamy or heavy. The goat cheese provides just the right amount of flavor and coats the pasta and chicken wonderfully. For additional flavor, zest some fresh lemon peel over it and walah!

Goat Cheese, Spinach and Chicken Pasta

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 pound of whole wheat shells
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • 5 ounces of goat cheese
  • 1 can of wilted spinach
  • 2  one pound chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of dry white wine, like chardonnay
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 scallions, chopped up

How to Make It:

  • Put 1 tablespoon of the extra virgin olive oil into a skillet over medium heat. Cook scallions until soft. Add wine and cook until sauce is reduced by half, or about 5 minutes. Add goat cheese and stir until soft. Take off heat and set aside.
  • While sauce is being prepared, heat additional tablespoon of oil into a pan and add chicken, cooking thoroughly until chicken is browned on both sides, about 10 minutes. Salt chicken and add pepper.

  • While chicken is cooking, heat a pot with boiling salt water. Once water is boiling, add pasta and cook until soft.
  • Once pasta is drained, coat pasta, chicken and spinach in goat cheese sauce. Add pepper.

I just had a bowl for lunch and it’s just as delicious the next day!

Nutritional Information per 1 cup: 380 calories, 16 grams of fat, 22 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

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  1. Posted by Emily on
    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
    This looks good. Like, real good. As in, I would like to bathe in a tub of it.
  2. Posted by Ariella on
    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
    This looks amazing and something I need to try ASAP. Last night we had goat cheese turkey burgers and we should have plenty of cheese left over for this. With chicken defrosting in the fridge, I think it was meant to be.
  3. Posted by AKCuisine on
    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
    This looks quick, easy, and tasty. I'm planning to make this even though I don't always (correction: don't usually) follow a low fat diet.
  4. Posted by Christina on
    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
    This looks really good. I love pasta!
  5. Posted by Ravienomnoms on
    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
    That looks absolutely amazing! I just love it, I am gonna try it this weekend I think!
  6. Posted by Steph C. on
    Wednesday, March 9th, 2011
    Oh wow. Drooling. I want that, now.
  7. Posted by fooddreamer on
    Thursday, March 10th, 2011
    I can see why you wanted to eat this for breakfast the other day. It looks amazing!
  8. Posted by Kate Pet on
    Thursday, March 10th, 2011
    girrrrrrrrrrrrrl pass me a bowl of that yummyliciousness!
  9. Posted by Jodi Peterman on
    Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011
    I am adding this to my list of meals to try. Everything in this sounds really good except the canned spinach. Have you tried it with fresh spinach? If so how did it go?
    • Posted by Susan Johnson on
      Saturday, February 11th, 2012
      I was thinking the same thing Jodi (about using fresh spinach). Wondered if you tried it yet?  I bought some frozen spinach to try, but I have fresh too... bet it would be good.
  10. Posted by Amanda on
    Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
    Wow this looks amazing! But it looks like it makes a lot too. How many one cup servings does it have? I'd love to make this but I live alone so it'd be great if I could scale it back a bit... :)
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