Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Easy Chicken Spaghetti

Am I the only one who dreads making dinner some evenings?  Don’t be fooled.  Even though I love cooking and live for making a healthy meal for my family, some days I’m just not in the mood.  Between grocery shopping, cleaning, reading books, time outs, scrubbing little messy hands, and MOST important of all… spending lots of quality time with my kiddos, dinner time sometimes sneaks up and I’m just not prepared.  Well, this chicken spaghetti recipe is proof that you don’t need much planning or preparation to pull off a delicious, healthy meal. I was reading a blog the other day where every product discussed had a lengthy disclaimer.  It was distracting as she flip flopped between products in which she personally endorsed and then the products she was paid to endorsed.  I don’t want to put you on that roller coaster ride.  I will not and DO not promote ingredients or products that you cannot find in my very own kitchen. I hope you’ve tried some of my favorite products like Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour and Nutiva coconut oil in recipes like my Miracle Whole Wheat Bread and Blueberry Waffles to know they are AMAZING!  If you stop by my house, you will find all the products I endorse in my kitchen.  Well, unless I need to go grocery shopping. In that case, still come stop by and you can watch my kids which will reduce my grocery shopping time in half.  Okay… back to this easy chicken spaghetti recipe.   I’m falling more and more in love with food photography.  Thanks to the Tasty Food Photography eBook from Pinch of...
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

I’m not sure where you live, but our Utah weather is crazy.  Last week, we had a foot of snow dump in the morning and by the afternoon it was melted.  Since Utah can’t decide whether it’s winter or spring, I’m taking advantage of these last few cold days by spoiling myself with this creamy chicken noodle soup.  I made it again tonight and literally want to drink the broth from a glass.  It’s creamy, comforting, and heavenly.  Am I the only one who consumed over soup recipes during cold weather?       I’m a big believer in tweaking recipes to make them healthier.  If you can’t taste a difference, why not make it healthier?  Creamy soups 90% of the time call for heavy whipping cream.  There are two types of fats: ones that cause health issues and ones that fight health issues.  Heavy whipping cream is a low nutrition, artery-clogging fat which nominates it as a bad fat.  Coconut milk’s fatty acids, on the other hand, aid in weight loss, lower cholesterol, reduce heart disease, improve skin and hair… blah, blah, blah.  You get the picture.  You won’t be able to taste a difference, but your body will thank you for substituting heavy whipping cream with coconut milk.   If you want to try out coconut milk in a couple more recipes, check out my Healthy Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana or my Yellow Coconut Chicken Curry. You won’t regret it.       I don’t purchase everything organic because it can start getting pretty pricey.  However, there are some things that must be an organic purchase.  Carrots are one of them.  I was...
Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Who knew you could substitute heavy whipping cream and butter in alfredo sauce with cauliflower?  When I mentioned it to one of my friends, she emphatically told me not to try it because she made a cauliflower alfredo recipe from Pinterest and it failed miserably.  Her husband made her promise, swear, and crosse-her-heart to never try it again.  Well, you know how I love a challenge.   I’ve had a couple recipe fails too.  The sauce wasn’t creamy enough or too thick or not flavorful enough.  However with a little tweaking and determination, by George I think she’s got it! I love LoVe LOVE making recipes taste so delicious that no one will believe how healthy it is.  This, my friends, is a keeper.  I tested it out on my husband, his brother, and close friend without telling them the ingredients.  After they cleaned their plates and dishing up seconds, I told them the sauce was cauliflower!  They didn’t believe me and neither will you.  I can’t wait to hear what you think of this creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce!     Since I want you to skip all the fails and jump straight to success with this recipe, let me share a couple things I’ve learned.  A quality, good blender is a must!  I feel like I’m a broken record now, but I really do use my Vitamix daily.  I mention it frequently in my recipes because it makes healthy living so much easier and healthy eating so much tastier.  Whether you’re Team Vitamix, Team Blendtec, or Team Ninja, it’s time to invest or you’ll continue to miss out on...
Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Ziti Spinach Alfredo

Who knew you could substitute heavy whipping and butter in Alfredo sauce with cauliflower?  Healthy eating just got that much better.  I love LoVe LOVE making healthy recipes tastes SO good that no one will believe how healthy it is.  This, my friends, is a keeper.  I tested this out on my husband, his brother, and close friend without telling them the ingredients.  After they cleared their plates and were dishing up seconds, I told them the sauce was cauliflower!  They didn’t believe me and neither will you.  I can’t wait to hear what you think of this Ziti Spinach Alfredo!   PrintZiti Spinach Alfredo Ingredients8 to 10 chicken tenders or 3 large chicken breasts, grilled or baked and cut into 1 inch pieces 1 lb whole wheat ziti or small tube pasta, prepared according to package directions 2 Tbs olive or coconut oil 1 sweet onion, chopped 1 Tbs minced garlic 3 cups original coconut milk (make sure it's not sweetened or vanilla flavor) 1 cup organic chicken stock or broth 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1 head of organic cauliflower, washed and cut into florets 2 Tbs Italian seasoning 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 4 cups fresh spinach 4 cups cherry tomatoes, washed and sliced in halfInstructionsThere are two options when preparing your chicken: grilling or baking. For grilling, spray chicken with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill on an electric grill or outdoor grill on medium-high for 3 to 4 minutes until center no longer pink. For baking, preheat oven to 375. Spray chicken breast lightly with cooking spray and sprinkle with...

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