Nov 8, 2012

Giveaway Winner + Chicken Pesto & Goat Cheese Pasta

 Hey Friends! Congratulations to Emily, who won the Attune Cereal Giveaway!

This week, it's back to work for me. I've enjoyed my time off so much, but am also happy to start back to my very part-time dietitian job (one day per week). Does that even count as a real job? I don't know.

In light of work starting up again, I like to have a few easy weeknight meals that require minimal prep work, but are still tasty and healthy. This one is just that: delicious, healthy and easy to make. First off, it's pasta, so, yeah it's good. Second, there's pesto! I have a love affair with pesto, rivaled only by goat cheese. So why not throw them together? A love pasta, of sorts.

Although both pesto and goat cheese are higher in fat, pesto contains lots of healthy ingredients like basil and heart healthy fats like olive oil and nuts. And because of the rich, creamy texture of goat cheese, you don't have to use as much.

I adapted this recipe from Pesto and Goat Cheese Pasta


Penne Pasta (whole wheat for added fiber and protein)
Basil Pesto, Prepared
Goat Cheese, Crumbled
Baked Chicken Breast, Diced

Simply throw these together and let the magic begin. I didn't measure exactly since it's kind of up to you how much of each ingredient you want. I just made sure to go easy on the basil pesto and goat cheese, since these ingredients contain the most fat. I added just enough to coat - not saturate - the pasta.

We enjoyed this easy weeknight meal with steamed broccoli. Hope you enjoy!

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