Sunday, January 17, 2010

Easy Lemon Pasta with Chicken

Easy Lemon Pasta with Chicken

Original Recipe:


  • 1 pound dried penne
  • 2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan


Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.

Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium high and add chicken. Grill until golden and completely cooked. Remove to a plate and slice.

Add the garlic and red pepper flakes to a saute pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and saute until fragrant. Add the cooked pasta and turn heat off. Mix all together.

Remove pasta to a large bowl. Add chicken to the warm pasta and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle in chopped parsley. Add the juice of 2 lemons and mix. Before serving top with Parmesan.

Changes I Made:

On this recipe I made a lot of changes. First off for the pasta I used Ronzoni Smart Taste. I used the whole box. For the chicken I used 6 small chicken tenderloins. I used crushed garlic because that is what I had. I only used 2 tablespoons of olive oil. I only used 1 lemon. I didn't use any parmesan cheese, but honestly it was because I totally forgot it. I also added some garlic powder when seasoning the chicken. Then added some McCormick grill seasoning to the pasta. If you haven't noticed yet I like seasonings.

Served With:

We ate it with corn because that is what we already had in the freezer.


My Fiance: Liked it, but wanted a thicker sauce. He also thought I should have used another half of lemon.

My Review: I thought it was really refreshing. This is the first lemon dish that I actually liked. I've always turned my nose up to lemon. For some reason I saw the Neely's making this on the food network this morning and it just looked very good. I am very happy with it.

WW Points:

5 points if you make it 7 servings!

Belgian Waffles

Belgian Waffles
Original Recipe:

2 cups heart healthy bisquick
2 cups club soda
2 egg whites

Mix everything together. Put in Waffle maker. Follow cooking directions on waffle maker. Makes 6 waffles

My Changes: Nothing!

Served With: Fiber One Yogurt! I poured the yogurt on mine instead of using butter and syrup. It added 0 points!

Fiance: Yum! He loves waffles so he was happy to find a point friendly recipe that I would eat.

My Review: They were surprisingly good. I typically have to be in the mood for waffles. Pretty Filling. Also great because you can freeze them. Then, the next morning pop them in the toaster over and they are as good as new!

WW points: 3 points for a whole waffle if you make 6.

Crockpot Lasanga

Crockpot Lasagna
Original Recipe:
Servings: 6

No need to cook the noodles first or stay home while it bakes. Just let it sit a few minutes before serving so it can firm up a bit.

1 pound(s) uncooked lean ground beef (with 7% fat)
1 small onion(s), chopped
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
15 oz canned tomato sauce
1 tsp table salt
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 cup(s) part-skim ricotta cheese
1 1/2 cup(s) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded, divided
6 item(s) dry lasagna noodles, no-cook
1/2 cup(s) shredded Parmesan cheese, strong-flavored like Romano or Parmigiano Reggiano

* Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion and garlic; cook, stirring frequently, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, salt, oregano, basil and red pepper flakes; simmer 5 minutes to allow flavors to blend.

* Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese.

* Spoon 1/3 of beef mixture into a 5-quart slow cooker. Break 3 lasagna sheets in half and arrange over beef mixture; top with half of ricotta mixture. Repeat with another layer and finish with remaining 1/3 of beef mixture.

* Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 4 to 6 hours. Remove cover; turn off heat and season to taste, if desired.

* In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese; sprinkle over beef mixture. Cover and set aside until cheese melts and lasagna firms up, about 10 minutes. Yields 1/6th of dish per serving.

My Changes:
I changed the recipe by using a total of 1.5 lbs. of lean ground meat. I also added double the garlic is called for. Then, I added a lot more seasoning then it said to add. I probably added about another tablespoon or so of seasonings. I actually added Italian Seasoning which isn't even in the recipe. I've changed the serving size to 8. The additional meat added more servings. I could possibly get even more than 8 servings. I'll continue counting as we eat leftovers. I only cooked it for 3.5 hours on low.

Served With:

I served this with roasted asparagus and frozen corn.

Fiance's Review: Loved it! Surprised at how well it came out. Can't wait to eat the leftovers!

My Review: It was so great! The flavors were awesome. Plus, it was super easy to make. It would be great to come home from work (i'll be a teacher so i'll come home at 3) put it on and then go workout. Come home and still have some time to get some work done, then have a delicious dinner waiting for you.

WW Points:
Using my changes it was 5 points! That's for a nice serving size! 5 points for 8 servings.



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