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.