Pasta Party

Tonight my husband danced through the front door singing, "pasta party!"  Our kids jumped up and down chanting, "pasta party!"  That is how tonight's healthy meal started.

I rummaged through my pantry (which desperately needs to be reorganized) and found my favorite multigrain noodles and marinara sauce.  Now that you are starting to know me, I needed to add a healthy twist.  My son knew exactly where to turn.  Yesterday we received our Door to Door Organics box.  He thinks the local farmers send us a present every week!  He went into our produce drawer and pulled out carrots and broccoli.  Brilliant!

Tonight's family fun messy meal was Multigrain Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli, & Carrots 

Multigrain Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli, and Carrot Recipe
three quarters of a 14.5oz box of multigrain pasta (my family prefers Barilla Plus spaghetti noodles)
olive oil cooking spray- enough to cover the entire pan
1 pound chicken breast (use cooking scissors to cut the chicken into bite size strips- cooking scissors are a MUST in your kitchen)
2 long carrot sticks- chopped
2 broccoli bunches- chopped
1 cup marinara sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (I always use freshly shredded.  If you don't own a grater- buy one!  So fun for kids who are old enough not to cut their fingers on it!)
salt and pepper to taste

1.) Boil noodles according to package directions.  Drain, rinse, and set noodles aside in pot (you will use it again).
2.) In a sauté pan, heat olive oil spray on medium high heat for 1 minute.  Add chicken strips, season with salt and pepper while in pan, and sauté for 6-8 minutes or until chicken turns golden in color or is cooked through.
3.) In the pan with the chicken, add 1/2 cup marinara sauce, carrots, and broccoli and stir for 5 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
4.) Back to the pot with the cooked noodles, mix in 1/2 cup marinara sauce, chicken and veggie mixture, and Parmesan cheese.
5.) Put pot on medium heat for 3 minutes and blend.

My husband had two helpings, my daughter's face was covered in red sauce with a smile, my son said his spaghetti was worth putting Curious George on pause for, and I cooked one healthy meal tonight!  Get messy!  Have fun!  And eat healthy!

1 comment:

  1. Mandy I love you for this blog! Or at least the pasta recipe! Made it tonight. Joe loved it and our daughter could not get enough of it. She was eating the broccoli and kept throwing a fit when she'd run out of it. Please note she would only eat it in purees before. You're the best. Keep the yummy healthy recipes coming!"