Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Creamy Chicken Alfredo with Rice Pasta

Oh my goodness!! Did this ever hit the spot tonight?! It was creamy, comforting, and delish.
It's made with simple ingredients, so it comes together quickly and is perfect by itself or topped with grilled chicken.

The kids loved it. I added broccoli and not one complaint. Cheesy and oh so good.

  • 8 oz pasta
  • 2 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup low sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • salt & pepper
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons parsley flakes
  1. Cook pasta in a pot of salted, boiling water until al dente. Drain then set aside. Let pot cool off the heat for several minutes. I prefer the brown rice spaghetti pasta.
  2. Before starting sauce, I threw a bag of frozen broccoli in the microwave with 2 tbsp. of water and covered with plastic wrap for 5 minutes. Strain.
  3. While pasta is cooking, in a saucepan over medium heat olive oil. Add garlic then saute until golden brown, about 30 seconds, being very careful not to burn. Sprinkle in flour then whisk and cook for 1 minute. Slowly pour in chicken broth and almond milk while whisking until mixture is smooth. Season with salt & pepper then switch to a wooden spoon and stir constantly until mixture is thick and bubbly, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Take saucepan off the heat then stir in parmesan cheese, garlic powder, and parsley flakes until smooth. Taste then adjust salt & pepper if necessary and add in the broccoli you strained earlier (unless you're doing the fix or H & C, hold off) I put this on low to simmer while I grilled my chicken
  5. You can skip this step or use steak or shrimp too. I love my grill pan! I preheated it and grilled up 4 chicken breasts, then I sliced them once they had a minute or two to rest.  Now to assemble. If you're following the 21 Day Fix or Hammer & Chisel, the container counts are below.

 Measure out 1 yellow of rice pasta, 1 green of broccoli, 1 red of grilled chicken, For the alfredo sauce, I used a 1/4 c. and counted it as 1 blue, 1/2 yellow, and 2 tsp. Throw it all in a bowl, mix and enjoy!

As you can tell, this meal will use a lot of your containers, but if you plan ahead you can totally have it guilt free!! Let me know what you think!

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