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Spinach Fettuccine

 

Looking for a healthy and delicious meal that doesn’t require a long list of ingredients?  This spinach fettuccine is the perfect go-to recipe for a busy weeknight meal.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and that you aren’t sick of green foods yet because for today’s Recipe Redux challenge, body transformation city of London are posting one of their family’s favourites: spinach fettuccine!

For those of you who may not know, the Recipe Redux is the first and only recipe challenge group founded by registered dietitians.  The goal is to take delicious recipes and keep them delicious while at the same time making them better for you.  I’ve loved seeing all the delicious and healthy recipes fellow Redux-ers come up with!  The themes every month are so fun too, and this month is no exception!

Theme: 7-Ingredient (Or Less) Recipes

As I thought about my favorite go-to recipes, I thought about how I probably wouldn’t ever have thought to put them on the blog because they seem so simple, but I’m glad this challenge reminded me that delicious and healthy don’t have to be complicated!

 

Spinach fettuccine is one of my husband’s favorite dishes.  His mom would always make it for him on his birthday and serve it along with orange jello and banana slices on top.  They don’t remember how the tradition started, and the orange-banana jello concoction is a little strange, but it has been a fun and tasty meal to have and eat together.

I modified my mother-in-law’s recipe to make it a little easier and faster to make, and my husband says it still tastes great! and best of all its healthy food.

The gist of the recipe is this: cook the pasta and chicken, and then combine.  Pretty simple, huh?

Before I give you the actual recipe, I have to offer some nutritional insight!   Spinach fettuccine noodles are fairly similar to regular pasta noodles, but they have higher percentages of potassium, vitamin A, calcium, and 1 g more fiber/serving (typically).  They are also slightly higher in calories.  If you are not a huge fan of spinach noodles, you can use regular or whole wheat pasta noodles too.  Whole wheat noodles are higher fiber and protein content.  That being said, eat what you like!  I have found for me personally that portion control with pasta is more important than which type of pasta you choose as a general rule.  It’s so easy to eat tonsssss of pasta, especially when the recipe is delicious like this one!  Listen to your body, and eat what you want, and don’t overdue it! 

I like to add some fresh spinach leaves into this recipe to up the nutrition and taste!  The leaves make the green color of the pasta look more alive.

 

Spinach Fettuccine Recipe 

 

Serves 4

Spinach fettuccine with chicken is a fast, filling, and deliciously healthy recipe the whole family can enjoy! It’s only 7 ingredients that are easy to keep on hand for those busy nights.

Prep Time

5 min

Cook Time

15 min

Total Time

20 min

Ingredients

 

  • 8 oz Spinach fettuccine noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 c Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 c fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

 

  1. Cook fettuccine noodles according to package directions.
  2. While the noodles are cooking, heat olive oil in frying pan on medium heat.
  3. Sautee garlic about 30 seconds, then add chicken breasts cut into bite-sized pieces
  4. Cook chicken in the garlic and oil until cooked through, about 10 min.
  5. Drain the pasta, and combine the chicken, garlic, and oil into the pot the pasta was cooked in.
  6. Add the grated Parmesan cheese, spinach leaves, and salt. Mix together until the cheese coats the noodles and chicken evenly.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

 

  • Serve with a tossed salad or steamed veggies!

 

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