Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Lemon Garlic Asparagus and Chicken Pasta


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Lemon Garlic Asparagus and Chicken Pasta:  Enjoy a lemony bright and healthy pasta dish filled with asparagus and chicken any day of the week. - Slice of Southern

Who needs a quick 30 minutes meal to make this week?

I know I do!  Everyone is eating healthier at the beginning of the year and our household is no exception.  We're trying to lighten up after the holiday indulgences.  I'm sure you know what I mean.  Dessert, cookies, pies, holiday stuffing and yummy food everywhere!  

So today we're talking pasta.  I love pasta, but not the carbs so much.  So switching to a pasta that is high in fiber, or higher in protein or multi-grain was a no-brainer for me.  We've been eating this type of pasta, including whole wheat pasta (trader joes's rocks!) for a few year now.  We find that they are better for you if you are going to eat carbs.  So let's make a quick and healthy pasta dish that done in 30 minutes, so it's weeknight perfect!

Lemon Garlic Asparagus and Chicken Pasta:  Enjoy a lemony bright and healthy pasta dish filled with asparagus and chicken any day of the week. - Slice of Southern


Choose your favorite healthier pasta for the dish.  I chose a white fiber rotini but any shape will do.  Lots of pastas are laden with heavy and/or fattening sauces, but not this one!  A small amount of butter and garlic along with some starchy cooking water is all you need for the base of this sauce.  Add in some flavoring such as lemon and you have one tasty sauce that's light in calories.  No heavy cream here!  Don't forget to add some vegetables for an extra healthy kick.  I chose asparagus which we love.  It's makes the perfect springtime meal, and the vegetable will be cheaper then as well.  For now you can use green beans or broccoli or splurge on the asparagus that's available now.

To give this dish a little more protein I added some sliced and cooked chicken breast.  I typically roast or grill extra when I'm cooking them so I have extras to throw in a salad, or pasta during the week.  Great to have on hand.  You could also use a rotisserie chicken if you choose.

What do I need to make this?  I use a good stock pot like this one, for my pasta and veggies.  I also use a heavy stainless steel skillet such as this one for pulling it all together.  A good strainer, mesh spoon, and some tongs and/or wooden spoons, and you are all set!

Lemon Garlic Asparagus and Chicken Pasta:  Enjoy a lemony bright and healthy pasta dish filled with asparagus and chicken any day of the week. - Slice of Southern

This dish comes to very quickly.  Dinner will be on the table in 30 minutes or less.  Enjoy a lemony bright and healthy pasta dish filled with asparagus and chicken any day of the week.

Enjoy!






Lemon Garlic Asparagus Chicken and Pasta

serves 4

8 oz. pasta rotini (white fiber or protein plus)
1 bunch asparagus 
2 Tbsp butter 
2 cloves garlic, minced 
1 large chicken breast, cooked and sliced
1 lemon
Salt and Pepper to taste 

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the pasta. Add pasta and continue to boil until the pasta is al dente about 9 minutes.

Meanwhile remove the woody bottoms of the asparagus stems. Chop the remaining asparagus into 1-inch pieces.   Add the asparagus pieces to the boiling pasta the last two minutes of cooking,  Cook until they are bright green and have become slightly tender.  

Reserve 1/2 cup of the starchy cooking water, then scoop out the asparagus and place in a skillet.  Drain the pasta and set aside. 

Add the butter and minced garlic to the skillet with the asparagus and place it over medium heat. Sauté for about two minutes more, or until the garlic becomes soft and fragrant. Turn the heat to low. 

Add the pasta to the skillet and toss coated with garlic butter. Add the sliced chicken and toss to coat.  Add salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste.  Zest the lemon and add the zest to the skillet.  Add the juice of the lemon to the dish and stir to combine.  If dry add some of the cooking water to loosen up the sauce making sure all ingredients are coated.   Serve.

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Lemon Garlic Asparagus and Chicken Pasta:  Enjoy a lemony bright and healthy pasta dish filled with asparagus and chicken any day of the week. - Slice of Southern

Lemon Garlic Asparagus and Chicken Pasta:  Enjoy a lemony bright and healthy pasta dish filled with asparagus and chicken any day of the week. - Slice of Southern

Saturday, January 12, 2019

11 Healthy Soups to Eat This Winter


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11 Healthy Soups - Winter is soup season.  Make some today! - Slice of Southern

Happy New Year!  

Are you off to a good start this year!  I've been trying to get out of the holiday goody mode myself.  We've been eating a lot of good food with all the treats thrown in as well.  Time to cut back and start back on a healthy eating track.

One way to do that is to eat healthy soups.  Winter time is the perfect time for soups.  They are comforting and warm and just soothe your soul.  Don't you crave a bowl of hot soup in the winter?

We just love hearty filling soups in our house.  We eat soup and salad for lunch or dinner quite a bit throughout the week.  
Today I've brought you 11 Healthy Soups you can eat all winter long.  Some are made on the stove, and some in the slow cooker, but all are hearty, healthy, delicious, and easy to make.

Enjoy a steaming hot bowl of soup!





11 Healthy Soups: Greek Style Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup - Slice of Southern

Greek Style Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup


11 Healthy Soups: Slow Cooker Turkey Tortilla Soup - Slice of Southern

Slow Cooker Turkey Tortilla Soup


11 Healthy Soups: Italian Style Roasted Chicken and Orzo Soup - Slice of Southern

Italian Style Roasted Chicken and Orzo Soup


11 Healthy Soups:Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetable and Quinoa Soup - Slice of Southern
Slow Cooker: Mexican Vegetable and Quinoa Soup


11 Healthy Soups: Chicken and Wild Rice Soup - Slice of Southern
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


11 Healthy Soups: Tuscan White Bean Soup - Slice of Southern
Tuscan White Bean Soup 



11 Healthy Soups: Quick Taco Soup - Slice of Southern

Quick Taco Soup



11 Healthy Soups: Chicken Enchilada Soup - Slice of Southern
Chicken Enchilada Soup



11 Healthy Soups Romanian Lentil Soup - Slice of Southern
Romanian Lentil Soup



11 Healthy Soups: Easty Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons - Slice of Southern
Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons 



11 Healthy Soups: Italian Chicken and Bean Soup - Slice of Southern
Italian Chicken and Bean Soup



Wednesday, January 2, 2019

11 Best Dishes of 2018


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11 Best Dishes of 2018 - Slice of Southern

Happy New Year!

2018 was a year full of highs and lows but it seems that it went so fast that it was a blur.  The food we made was a full of variety.  The most popular dishes seem to have a comfort food theme with a little bit of restaurant flair thrown in.   

I've gathered the eleven most popular dishes (there was a tie for 10th place that I couldn't break) from 2018 in one spot for you to reference and enjoy!

Enjoy all the precious moments that 2019 will bring.  We only live once!

11 TOP RECIPES OF 2018

In no particular order...

Cajun Roasted Potatoes


11 Best Dishes of 2018 - Sheet Pan Beef Fajitas - Slice of Southern

There are plenty of dishes to come in 2019.  Lots of comfort food, weeknight meals, stir frys, southern dishes, and easy restaurant style meals.  Enjoy a prosperous holiday and I am so grateful for all of my followers.  I wish you the best to come in 2019 and will be talking to you in the new year!






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