Chicken and Vegetable Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce

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Sometimes the simplest dinners are the best.  This easy dinner recipe for Chicken Vegetable Pasta satisfies the pasta cravings in all of us, yet also supplies a good amount of hearty vegetables and protein, all tossed in a flavorful sauce.  (I'm days away from my third trimester with my first baby.  I'm looking for as many protein-rich healthy options as possible right now and this certainly does a fine job of that.)

There are easy ways to liven up any of your routine dinners with a little vitamin boost.  Do you often toss a frozen pizza in the oven?  You could quickly slice up bell peppers to top your pizza before it hits the oven.  Or do you frequently make a big batch of spaghetti?  If so, finely chop zucchini and add this into your meat sauce for some extra Vitamin C and B. Are you a smoothie family?  If your family enjoys the classic strawberry banana smoothie, you may try adding in some greens like kale or spinach next time.  The greens will only change the color while leaving the taste familiar. Whatever your go to dishes are in your family, try changing things up this week by adding in a few vegetables to brighten things up!

Chicken & Vegetable Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Serves 6-8

               

2 lbs chicken
1lb Penne Pasta
4 cups uncooked vegetables (I used green beans and carrots)
4 tablespoons olive oil

Lemon Garlic Sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. olive oil
juice and zest of 1 large lemon
1/4 c. chicken broth
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 tsp pepper (freshly ground is best)
1/3 c. freshly grated parmesan cheese
1/4 c. parsley chopped

In a large sauté pan, ook chicken in 2 TB olive oil, seasoning with salt and pepper.  Once chicken is done, set aside on a separate plate.  In the same pan saute 1/2 of the vegetables in 1 TB olive oil for 2 – 4 minutes on medium high heat.  Remove then add the other half of the vegetables and one more TB olive oil, cooking the vegetables the same way.

For the sauce:
In a large skillet, cook garlic in olive oil until golden.  Add lemon juice, chicken broth, cream, and freshly ground pepper.  In a large bowl toss pasta, vegetables, garlic mixture, cheese and parsley.  

 What are your simple go-to dinners that the whole family enjoys? 

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Chicken and Vegetable Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce

Becky Rosenthal has a confession to make. Without shame she romanticizes her grandmother's era. Perhaps she's a victim of Golden Age thinking, but she believes her grandma could teach us a few things about hosting a party, warming up a room, welcoming strangers, cooking for them and striking up a conversation. We could all benefit from sitting down around a great meal and simply enjoying our families and friends more often. Enter Vintage Mixer. She originally started Vintage Mixer to share ... More

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4 comments

  1. misslissy says:

    Sounds delicious – I pinned it!

  2. renee200823 says:

    Sounds yummy, I could probably add some fresh chillies! =]

  3. Leah Penny says:

    Sounds yummy and versatile as you can use whatever vegetables your family most enjoys. Thanks for sharing, Becky!

  4. octmama says:

    i should try this recipe this weekend..i hope my family likes it

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