Italian Herb Chicken with Broccoli

I’ve become a little bit of a fan of the Land O’ Lakes Saute Express seasonings. I’ve made the Italian Herb before, but this time I decided to change things up a little.

So I decided to add some broccoli to the pan and I sauteed it up with the chicken. I’ve been tolerating plain broccoli florets for a while now so I hoped that adding them to the seasoning would give them a little more flavor.

Italian Herb Chicken and Broccoli

The broccoli certainly did get cooked in well with the chicken. I do think I may have added it too soon though. The broccoli got a little too soft.

Italian Herb Chicken and Broccoli with Noodles

I topped it all off with a little pasta and Parmesan cheese. It made for a great meal with some much needed greens. The broccoli was a bit too mushy, but it was a little more flavorful than usual. Perhaps it would be better to say it hid the broccoli flavor better. Either way, it gave me another way to eat broccoli.

 

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Parmesan Chicken with Pasta and Peas

Since the number of things I’ll eat is a bit more limited than it is for most people, I try to find ways to prepare things I like in different combinations so I don’t get bored having the same basic thing week after week. I often make sauteed chicken with pasta. That can get a little old after a while. To change things up, I will sometimes add a vegetable in to add a little flavor and color.

We had some extra chicken thawed out from when we made the citrus garlic tacos that I didn’t care for. I sauteed that up in a pan and seasoned it with black pepper. Then I started some wheat pasta. I’ve switched to wheat pasta within the past year to try to make my meals a little more healthy. I usually use Rotini, but you can use whatever pasta you like – it doesn’t have to be wheat either. When the chicken and pasta are almost done, I toss some peas in the microwave.

After I strain the pasta, I add in a generous helping of Parmesan cheese. Then I stir in the chicken and the peas. It makes for a quick, healthy meal that even a fussy eater can enjoy. If they don’t like peas, you can substitute a vegetable that they do like. I will sometimes use broccoli that I cut up into very small bits so it makes them easier to mix and eat.

Parmesan Chicken and Gnocchi

My wife and I have been trying to find some healthy new alternatives to things we eat. Often times,when I saute chicken, I’ll have it with egg noodles and Parmesan cheese. A few weeks ago, my wife picked up some gnocchi and we hadn’t used it yet, so we decided to try that instead this time. I think it comes in different varieties, but I’m not sure since my wife picked it up. If it matters, the one we used was a whole wheat gnocchi with sweet potato.

I was really impressed with how quick and easy it is to prepare. It says right on the front label that it cooks in 2-3 minutes and that really is about all there is to it. Boil some water and toss the gnocchi in for 2-3 minutes. I think I went with closer to 3 minutes. Basically they say once it floats, it’s pretty much done – except for straining out the water.

I had sauteed some chicken (which was the longest part of preparation time) a few minutes earlier. I use just a little bit of olive oil in the pan and season with black pepper. Once the chicken and gnocchi were done, I tossed them both in my bowl and added some shredded Parmesan cheese over the top. In a second bowl, I added pesto instead of Parmesan cheese since Linda doesn’t care for the cheese.

I tried a bite of hers with pesto. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t exactly like it either. For now I’m going to call it food I don’t like since I wasn’t even willing to take a second bite, but I may revisit it at a later date to see if things have changed.

My Parmesan chicken with gnocchi was delicious. The gnocchi is definitely a different taste than the pasta I usually use, but it was quite workable and also seemed a little more filling than regular pasta. I really like that it cooks quicker than pasta too.

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