This is a super-easy, fast, budget-friendly, waistline-friendly recipe.
Skinny Alfredo with Chicken and Broccoli: adapted from Courtney Horan's Skinny Chicken Alfredo
Stats: ~295 - 340 , depending on how much chicken, broccoli, and/or cheese you use (mine was 340)
~3.5 cups shredded chicken
5 cups roasted broccoli florets
8 ounces pasta (any kind!)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 cup fat-free, low sodium chicken broth (or 1 cup water and 1 TBSP/cube bouillon)
1/4 cup plain lowfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 pinch ground nutmeg
3/4 cup Italian cheese (parmesan, mozzarella, asiago, or a mix)
|not pictured: garlic|
In a pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta for approx. 8 minutes.
Add the broccoli florets for the last 4 minutes of cooking.
Drain and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until the garlic is golden, 1 to 2 minutes.
|mmm... breathe it in!|
Whisk in the flour until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Gradually whisk in the chicken broth, Greek yogurt, milk, pepper and nutmeg. Bring to a low boil, stirring constantly.
Lower the heat and simmer, stirring gently, until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Stir in cheese.
Add cooked chicken and broccoli to sauce mixture, followed by the cooked pasta. Toss to combine and serve with more Parmesan, if desired.
|we like to add crushed red peppers to ours for a little heat; normally, I would add these right after the garlic, but I forgot so I had to add it in at the end.|
Note: This is not an extremely saucy dish... I would double the sauce if you want it really drippy and yummy. It is perfectly fine this way, but I know a lot of people really love their alfredo sauce, so I wanted to warn you all!
Dinner is served, baby!
|a small plate of alfredo with a spinach/arugula, white bean, sundried tomato salad drizzled with strawberry balsamic dressing.|
|simple summer salad: 1 cup white beans (drained and rinsed if from a can), 1 TBS sun-dried tomatoes, lettuce mix|