Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Healthified Chicken Alfredo

One of my secret weapons to losing weight was substitution, not elimination. I knew that cutting out everything I loved from my diet would only result in me binging on all my favorite foods. So I made it a hobby to healthify all my favorites. I made healthy versions of all sorts of things I love, taco salad, pizza, sub sandwiches, chicken cordon bleu, chicken tenders, spaghetti with meat sauce, all sorts of casseroles and one of my all-time favorites: chicken alfredo! I made this for dinner last night and posted a picture on Facebook and got several requests for the recipe, so I thought if I'm going to type it out anyways, then I may as well post it on my blog, so here we go:

*disclaimer: I don't follow any particular recipe for most of the things I make, for this reason my recipes may sound vague.

Healthified Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients:

* 2-3 chicken breasts depending on size, diced into bite-sized pieces and very meticulously trimmed of fat
* about half a yellow onion, thinly sliced
* 4-7 garlic cloves, minced (we love garlic, if you don't then use less)
* about three cups of chopped fresh broccoli
* about 4 cups of fresh spinach (I used almost a full bag of the spinach you find with the bagged salad, saving just enough for a single serving of salad)
* mushrooms to taste, sliced
* lemon pepper to taste
* oregano to taste
* coarse ground black pepper
* reduced fat Italian blend cheese or Parmesan cheese
* crushed red pepper, optional
* Weight Watchers cream cheese, optional
* chicken broth, optional
* Ronzoni brand pasta, my favorite is the Garden Delight variety because it's made with real vegetables and tastes great, this makes it almost like a free carb, right??? (don't answer, I'm right :P)

Sauce, option A - Ragu Light Alfredo Sauce
Sauce, option B - half and half and make sure you have plenty of Italian/Parmesan cheese, cream cheese and garlic

Directions:

Cook pasta according to box and preference, drain and set aside - best cooked with olive oil and salt. Place chicken, onion and garlic in hot wok sprayed with olive oil cooking spray, cook for a couple minutes, then add all seasonings.... I really can't tell you how much to use here, but I do tend to go heavy on my seasonings. Also, I've used all sorts of different spices here... you can use basil, thyme, poultry seasoning... but my most recent mix I just stuck with the basics (listed above). Cook a bit longer until chicken has just a bit of pink left in it, then add broccoli and mushrooms. Cook about five more minutes and add spinach and cook until wilted (all of this time you should be cooking on medium heat). At this point your broccoli should be tender, your mushrooms cooked normally and your chicken should be pink-less; there will also be a bit of liquid in the bottom of your wok. This is chicken/veggie broth and also the base for the sauce.

Quick and easy sauce option: add about a tablespoon of cream cheese and a handful or so of shredded cheese of your choice and let melt in the broth until it gets a bit creamy. Add jar of Alfredo sauce, mix well, add more coarse ground black pepper and tada, done! (I myself LOVE tons of coarse black pepper on my Alfredo  so this is a matter of taste) Serve over pasta with additional veggies on the side if you're just veggie crazy like me. :)

A little less quick and easy sauce option: add two-three tablespoons of cream cheese to broth and some half and half.... this part is kinda hard to explain because I never measure, but add enough half and half until you get approximately the amount of sauce you want. If you're worried about calories, you can also add chicken broth, let it bubble and add a bit more cream cheese. Add shredded cheese of choice until you have a nice cheesy Alfredo sauce. Make sure you use plenty of garlic earlier on in the recipe if you make the sauce this way! Also, add more coarse black pepper, spoon sauce over noodles and bon appetite!

Serves 6 (if you have men, boys and runners in the household. :))

Hope you all enjoy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SP 6th Blog - May 19, 2010


So I just have not found the time to get another blog out... so here's another one from the past to fill the gap!



Keep on trucking

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Well here I am, just going and going and going. I think what really gets me through is that i have this hope in the back of my mind that one of these days I'll just look down and be healthy, be thin. And I will be. Even if it's a year from now, or two... I WILL get there. The eating isn't quite so hard anymore, it's finding the energy to get to the gym and do my thing. Don't get me wrong, if I'm not careful I could easily blow the eating, but for some reason it doesn't seem to be quite the struggle for me. Although last night we took my son out for a Braum's ice cream cone because he did so well at his school concert. Him and his dad got some really delicious looking cones, and that WAS kinda tough, but the more I thought about eating one, the less I wanted one, I was already pretty full from dinner. It's these damn 10 hour days, I know it! But really I LOVE my Friday's off, I go and spend at least an hour at the gym usually, go have lunch with my dad, pick up the kids and just hang out. It really is a nice day usually. I keep thinking my body will adjust to getting up so early and getting to the gym won't be so difficult, but still... last night I think I passed out as I pulled my hand from the alarm clock! I don't remember anything after starting to set it, I even woke up with my glasses still on. On the plus side... I am wearing some jeans today that I outgrew several months ago, so yay! Just keep losing, just keep losing, just keep losing, losing, losing! (Finding Nemo reference, if you didn't catch thatemoticon) You folks have a good day.