Recipe Re-Creation: Weight Watchers Cajun Chicken Pasta

I have been experimenting with lots of new recipes this month. With the amount of late nights I have a week, I need to make and recreate dishes that are healthy and easy to make. My family is quite bored with things like Spaghetti and Sauce and Crock pot Chicken Dishes. Quite frankly so am I! I love that I have so many resources that I can pull great from to get tasting recipes to recreate in my own kitchen. One of my favorite new places to get recipes is from the Facebook Weight Watchers Simply Filling Recipe page. This page posts great Simply Filling recipes or adaptations of recipes that can be made to Simply Filling standards. This particular recipe is from The Science of Eating. If you are looking for great tasting healthy recipes this is the blog to stop by. I have printed out so many things that I am going to be trying in the next week. I started with Cajun Chicken Pasta because it looked easy to make and family friendly.

When I saw the pictures and ingredients for Cajun Chicken Pasta I knew I had to make it right away. My family loves anything that is made with Cajun spice. I usually make chili or etouffee with this spice. I did modify this recipe a tiny bit to appeal to all members of the family. I decided to add 8 oz of low fat smoked turkey sausage to give this dish an additional kick and omitted the mushrooms because I do not like them. I also added more Cajun seasoning because we love lots of that flavor in our dishes. This recipe was fantastic and tasted even better the next day when the flavors had additional time to blend together.

Recipe Recreation: Cajun Chicken Pasta
 
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This recipe was modified from The Science of Eating Cajun Chicken, Veggies and Pasta Recipe. With a few minor changes this dish was a 3 thumbs up family favorite.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 Skinless Chicken Breasts, cut into strips
  • 8 oz Low Fat Smoked Sausage
  • 16 oz. Uncooked Whole Wheat Linguine Noodles
  • 3 Tbsp Cajun Seasoning or Cayenne Pepper (or to taste)
  • 2 Tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Red Onion, sliced
  • 2 Green Onions, chopped
  • 1 medium Red Pepper, sliced
  • 1 medium Yellow Pepper, sliced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Cup Chicken Broth Sea Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Rinse and cut up all the vegetables.
  2. Prepare pasta in salted water according to package directions and set aside.
  3. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and the chicken, then season with Cajun spice or cayenne pepper.
  4. Saute 5 to 8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.
  5. Reduce heat to medium then add chicken or vegetable broth, noodles, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms, garlic and pepper to taste and saute 3 to 5 minutes or until liquid is reduced.

Injury Update:

My foot is still  in pain. I went to a highly recommended Orthopedist, who is in the process of figuring out what is causing the pain. The x-ray revealed nothing significant so I had a MRI today to rule out other possibilities. I go back on Tuesday to find out the results and come up with a treatment plan. What I do know is that I need to keep off of it as much as I can until Tuesdays’ appointment. I am extremely frustrated because I was doing so well with the exercise part of my weight loss plan. Hopefully I will have great news on Tuesday to share.

Have you ever had an injury to keep you down?

 

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