Category: Pasta

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

This dish was so easy to put together and kept me full for so many hours. It is PACKED full of protein from the pasta, cottage cheese and the chicken. It also has amazing flavor from Kettle & Fire Classic Chicken Bone Broth. These meals 

Pasta In Vodka Sauce With Chicken

Pasta In Vodka Sauce With Chicken

  When I tell you this is a MUST MAKE pasta dish & that I made it healthier, I’m not lying. One of my ALL-TIME favorite pasta dishes has always been Penne alla Vodka. I wanted to make a lightened version without losing the flavor 

One Pan Pasta with Broccoli, Cottage Cheese & Chicken

One Pan Pasta with Broccoli, Cottage Cheese & Chicken

Growing up my mom would make my sister and me a simple pasta dish with elbow pasta, butter, black pepper with cottage cheese. I wanted to make that nostalgic dish into an adult version so that is what I did.

The key to the pasta when growing up and now is to add the cold or slightly chilled cottage cheese at the end of the cooking process, that was key.

For some reason the hot buttery pasta paired so so well with the black pepper and cold cottage cheese that eventually warmed up from the hot pasta. Just brings me back.

I wanted to recreate that dish with some veggies and a protein, and I did just that. Not only is is delicious it can be made in one pan.

I decided to make my chicken in the air fryer just because it’s one of my favorite ways to make my chicken, but you can certainly make the whole dish, including the chicken in one pan!

One Pan Pasta with Broccoli, Cottage Cheese & Chicken

A childhood favorite of mine made into an adult version.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken recipes, cottage cheese, easy recipe, healthy dinner, healthy lunch, Pasta, pasta recipe, weight water, ww, ww meals

Equipment

  • Pot or pan
  • Microwave
  • Air fryer or oven

Ingredients

  • Avocado oil spray to coat pan
  • 1 Small Shallot or onion Chopped
  • 1 TBSP Garlic minced

Pasta

  • 2 oz. Whole wheat elbow pasta Dry
  • 2 Cups Water or unsalted chicken broth Or until pasta is covered
  • Salt for pasta water

Mix-Ins

  • 1- 1 1/2 Cups Cooked broccoli Chopped
  • 3/4 Cup Cottage cheese (Low fat or your choice) I use Good Culture brand
  • Splash Lemon juice

Chicken

  • 1 Chicken breast
  • Dak's Nothin But Ranch seasoning or seasoning of your choice
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Garnish

  • Zest of a lemon
  • Parsley to garnish, optional
  • 1 tsp Grated parmesan cheese optional
  • I Can't Believe It's Not Butter spray to garnish

Instructions

  • First get your chicken into the air fryer or you can also cook in the pan you are cooking the whole meal in. If cooking in an air fryer set to 380/390 season chicken and cook until 165 degrees. If cooking in the pan season chicken and cook through, then set aside.
  • While chicken is cooking, sauté onions in a light coating of avocado oil until translucent. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Add the dry pasta and cooking liquid. Cover pan with lid and cook on med-high for about 8 minutes or until pasta is cooked to al dente.
  • Add the chopped cooked broccoli, lemon juice and season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Add the cooked sliced chicken, lemon zest and parsley to garnish
  • Add parmesan cheese and butter (optional) to garnish

Notes

This recipe could easily serve 2 people 
7 WW (Personal points earned with veggies added)
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8 Bites on BB Healthi (Formerly called iTrackBites)
595 Calories/ 7.2g Fat/ 69.3g Carbs/ 69.4g Protein
Skinny Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Skinny Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta

  Easy dinners are our thing in this household of five. We have been loving crockpot meals lately because it’s not only easy it’s a set and forget and see you later dinner! If you love buffalo chicken, you are going to be obsessed with 

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

Crockpot Chicken Parmesan

  This was a delicious Sunday dinner in the crockpot. A set it and forget it meal that’ll make your house smell amazing all day long! Did I mention this was kid and husband approved and required very minimal effort? It was PERFECT! Quick an 

Pasta Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli

Living in New England we get the cold months starting in the fall and when those days come all I want to enjoy is a bowl of soup! My Pasta Fagioli is one of those amazing hearty soups that just warm the soul right up.

Did I mention this soup was done in one pot and under an hour! This soup is also kid friendly and amazing for leftovers and meal prepping.

Pasta Fagioli

Talk about a hearty soup! My Pasta Fagioli is one of those soups to enjoy on a cold fall day in cozy clothes in the comfort of your own home! Did i mention this was all done in under an hour!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: beef recipes, crockpot, easy recipe, healthier choices, healthy recipe, instant pot, itrackbites, one pot, Pasta, Pasta Fagioli, pasta recioe, soup, soup recipes, weight watchers, ww
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • Dutch oven, crockpot or Instant Pot
  • Can opener

Ingredients

  • Avocado oil for coating pan
  • 1 1/4 Pounds Ground beef 96/4
  • 1 1/2 Cups Onions Chopped
  • 1 Cup Carrots Chopped, roughly
  • 1 Cup Celery Chopped
  • 1 TBSP Garlic minced
  • 24 oz. Tomato sauce, no salt
  • 32 oz. Fat free chicken broth
  • 15 oz. Diced tomatoes , no salt
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Dried basil
  • 1 tsp Dried oregano
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1 tsp Italian blend
  • 1 Cup Barilla Ditalini pasta Dry
  • 1 Can Dark kidney beans ( 15 oz. ) drained and rinsed
  • 1 Can Northern beans ( 15 oz. ) drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 Cup Parsley chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to garnish

Instructions

  • In a dutch oven coat lightly with avocado oil and brown beef
  • Once beef is browned, set aside
  • Add onions, carrots and celery to the pan until tender . If using a crockpot brown beef in separate pan then the onions, carrots and celery then place into the crockpot.
  • Once vegetables are tender add the chicken broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano, thyme and Italian seasoning. Blend.
  • Add the beef back into the pot
  • Add the dry pasta and bring to a boil then simmer for about 15 minutes or until pasta is cooked.
  • Add beans, parsley and then season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese and enjoy

Notes

Recipe serves 8
1 1/2 cups per serving
3 WW ( Blue & Purple )
5 WW ( Green )
4 Bites on Better Balance iTrackBites
278 Calories
Couscous Charred Corn Salad With Avocados, Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Couscous Charred Corn Salad With Avocados, Tomatoes and Mozzarella

Get ready for your new favorite couscous dish! Perfect for spring and summer! Bring this to your next party or upcoming BBQ! Add a protein like chicken or steak and you have yourself a wonderful and flavorful meal. Look no further, you are going to 

BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese With Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

BBQ Chicken Mac & Cheese With Roasted Broccoli & Cauliflower

It is time for us to start clearing out the freezer in time for us to go camping. So here is an easy freezer grab meal for those that like quick meals or for those that need to clear out their freezers just like me.All 

Greek Orzo Salad

Greek Orzo Salad

This recipe was created over 10 years ago from my love of the Stop & Shop Greek pasta salad. When my mom would go to the store, she would sometimes come home with that pasta salad, and we always loved it.

A few years later i wanted to try and create it on my own rather than having to buy it. I got it mastered down and since my weight loss journey I’ve been trying to master it lightened and i finally got it down. I think it is actually WAY BETTER than what the store sells…just saying!

Usually, it is made with penne, but I’ve made it with orzo and prefer the orzo to be honest. Not only do you get everything from one bite, it’s also easier for scooping out for meal prep and or portion control.

Serve this with some grilled chicken or steak over some greens and you will have the most AMAZING dish for yourself or everyone to enjoy!

Greek Orzo Salad

A delicious and refreshing Spring/Summer Greek Orzo Salad, packed full of veggies!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, BBQ, Dinner, lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, greek
Keyword: appetizer, bbq, easy recipe, Pasta, salad, side dish, summer
Servings: 12

Equipment

  • Pot for pasta
  • Strainer
  • Knife
  • Large mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 16 oz. Box of Orzo
  • 1 Cup Red onion Diced
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cucumbers(seeded)/Mini cucumbers Sliced, halved or quartered
  • 1 1/2 Cups Grape tomatoes Halved/Quartered
  • 1 1/2 Cups Bell peppers (Red,Orange or yellow) Diced
  • 1 Cup Artichokes (In Water) Chopped
  • 1 TBSP Dak's Super Greek or Italian seasoning or Italian seasoning
  • 1 TBSP Za'atar spice Optional
  • 1 8 oz. Container Fat free feta (Atheno's Brand) Crumbled
  • 1/2 Cup Parsley Chopped
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

DRESSING

  • 10 TBSP Ken's Lite Greek Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 Cup Non fat greek yogurt
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

GARNISH

  • Micro Greens Optional

SALAD FIXINS

  • Mixed Greens
  • Chicken or protein of your choice

Instructions

  • First get the water going for the orzo, once boiling add salt (taste like the ocean water) then the orzo. Follow package for cooking and place into a strainer to cool. Set aside.
  • In a small bowl put the Greek vinaigrette, the non-fat Greek yogurt, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  • While the orzo is cooking, prep and chop your vegetables.
  • Once the orzo has cooled off, pour into the bowl with all of the vegetables, feta, parsley, Dak's Greek seasoning, Zaatar and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add the dressing and mix carefully until everything is combined.
  • Serve right away at room temperature or place into refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • I like to serve over some greens and add some grilled or air fried chicken for some protein.

Notes

12 Servings
Serving Size: 1 HEAPING cup
6 WW personal points (Not including chicken) + 2 gained
(I have chicken as a zero-point food)
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5 Bites on Better Balance Healthi (formerly called iTrackBites)
Cajun Shrimp Over Creamy Fusilli Pasta With Spinach & Roasted Tomatoes

Cajun Shrimp Over Creamy Fusilli Pasta With Spinach & Roasted Tomatoes

This dish is packed full of flavors! It is rich , decadent but lightened up to perfection! My creamy Cajun pasta dish is the best! It is creamy and everyone will enjoy it! Not a big fan of spicy food? That’s ok, you can omit 


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