Happy New Year friends!
I hope this year is finding you well, I know it’s only the second day of the year, but resolutions should be in full swing now right? Well if you made any resolutions, I hope you’re able to stick to them! I always have a hard time with that, I’ve just started to loosely make resolutions so I feel like I’m doing something better. Although, new year, same me!
One of my “resolutions” this year is to eat healthier and get fit. Last year I sort of let myself go, so I really need to get back on track. I’ve been glued to Pinterest lately, trying to find some great healthy recipes and meal plan ideas to make life easier. I’ve actually found quite a few, and I’m honestly surprised with how much I found. Hopefully in the coming weeks I’ll be making those recipes and sharing them with y’all!
So tonight was sort of a test run (one that went very well I think!) for a recipe. I’m not entirely sure what to call it, but we’ll just go with chicken mushroom ‘pasta.’ This one takes a little more time with a little more ingredients, but it’s guilt-free, gluten-free, and carb-free. *swoons*
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 package of chicken breasts
- 1 package of mushrooms (I bought one that had a couple different types in them, you can honestly buy whatever kind floats your boat)
- 1 package of asparagus (it’s more like a bunch of it.. I’m not entirely sure what to call that)
- 1 cup half and half (you can buy a pint and use some from that)
- 1 1/2 cups Parmesan cheese
- 2 garlic cloves
What to do:
- Okay. Stay with me now, it’s a longer process.
- First, cut up your chicken into bite size pieces and put into a pan with oil.
- Turn the heat on to about medium-high for now, and let it sauté.
- Next, get your squash and cut the ends off, and then cut down the middle of the squash. *this can be very difficult, so please be careful when cutting because injuries could occur*
- Spoon out all the seeds to throw away. Then, grab a pot and fill it with about an inch of water to boil.
- For this recipe, you really only need one half of the squash to have enough, unless you’re making it for more people.
- Once the water has heated up a little, add the squash face down and boil for about 15 minutes.
- Once that is done, take the squash out and fork the insides to get all of the meat of the squash out. It should flake out real easily! Set this aside in a bowl.
- While the squash is boiling, keep turning the chicken so every part gets cooked and it doesn’t burn.
- When the chicken is almost done, add the mushrooms to sauté as well.
- Once that is about done, turn off the heat. In the pot that had the water, dump out that water and add a small amount of butter. Mince/add your two garlic cloves to medium heat.
- Sauté the garlic until it is browned a little. Once it’s looking brown, add the cup of half and half and Parmesan cheese.
- Mix the sauce until the cheese has mostly melted, and then add your chicken and mushrooms and stir.
- In the pan that had the chicken, whatever juices were in there save!! Cut up your asparagus into a couple inch sized pieces, and add to the pan to sauté.
- While the chicken and mushrooms are simmering in the sauce, add the spaghetti squash to mix into it.
- The asparagus should only take about 5 minutes, and it’ll be done when it’s a greener color and a crisp tender texture.
- When that is done, add it to the pot and stir until mixed well.
- Turn off the heat and you’re ready to serve!
I apologize for the lengthiness of this recipe, it took awhile and my mom even helped me with it. However, it’s a much healthier option so I really think it’s worth it. Plus, you’ll have some extra spaghetti squash to make more pasta with!
This recipe has a little flexibility too. You can add broccoli instead of asparagus, or add other things. We decided to add some bacon, and I topped mine with more Parmesan and pine nuts. *It also pairs nicely with wine*
This recipe probably cost around $20 or less… I am not entirely sure because we bought more chicken than I usually buy. But, you will most likely have leftovers and can meal prep with it!
I hope if you make it you enjoy it, I was pretty proud of myself for this!
Good luck with your resolutions, until next time friends!