For this week's swap, the theme was Noodles. I received a recipe from the healthier food focused blog, Prevention RD, whose photography and recipes are always beautiful.
I was given her recipe for Cajun Chicken Pasta, and it looked like a real winner. Who can deny the wonder of a healthful, delicious, and FAST meal?
Indeed, it was exactly that; the recipe took less than 30 minutes (once I finished chopping, which can easily be done the night before), and it was delicious. It was a bit on the too spicy side for the kiddos, though my four year old said it was "delicious but too spicy," and my husband and I could have handled less spice too. Next time I make this (oh yes, there WILL be a next time), I will probably use the two teaspoons that season the chicken and leave it at that. Speaking of spices, I used Essence of Emeril, which I had sitting in the cabinet and it was perfect.
I also brought this in as leftovers for lunch club, and found that the spice had mellowed substantially, so if you're planning to make this in advance, rock those 4 teaspoons!
Thank you to Sarah for hosting another fun swap and Nicole for a delicious and healthful recipe.
Cajun Chicken Pasta taken from Prevention RD, who heavily adapted from All Recipes and Ommy Noms
10 oz whole wheat linguine
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 tsp Cajun seasoning
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 green bell pepper, slices into strips
1 large yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups half-and-half
1 T fresh basil
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, cut chicken breasts into thin strips and season with 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning. In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the chicken in the olive oil for 4-5 minutes or until no longer pink.
Add the onion and saute 1-2 minutes. Add the garlic and saute an additional minute. Add red and green bell peppers. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes, until peppers are slightly tender.
Add the half-and-half and basil, bring to a boil. Add the cooked linguine, tossing to allow the half and half to cook into the al dente pasta. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons of cajun seasoning. Yield: 6 servings (about 1 1/2 cups each).