easy dinner

Fettuccine Alfredo (with Chicken and Broccoli)

A week or two ago, I really wanted to make something hearty and creamy, and this was one of the first dishes to cross my mind. I thought I would attempt to make it from scratch. I prepared myself mentally to labor over the stove, until I actually started making it and realized how SIMPLE it was to make.  All I can say is: WHY DID I EVER BUY THE STUFF IN THE JAR?

I followed Entertaining With Beth’s Recipe, but I did not add peas and I added chicken and broccoli. I loved the way the chicken turned out and I really enjoyed the broccoli with it as well.

This recipe is INCREDIBLY easy, and can be prepared in 15 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Chicken breasts (cut into cubes)
  • ½ tbsp of garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp of onion powder
  • ½ lb (230 g) Fettuccini pasta
  • 4 tbsp (60 g) butter
  • 1 ½ cups (350 ml) of heavy cream
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp (2.5 ml) salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper to taste
  • 1 cup (90 g) Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 1/3 cup of broccoli florets
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) of freshly chopped flat leaf parsley

Method:

  • cook fettuccine according to package
  • cut the chicken into cubes
  • now sprinkle onion powder and garlic powder, with a dash of salt & pepper over the chicken
  • once the chicken is cooked, take the chicken cubes out and place them on a plate (you should have a nice amount of better left in the pan)
  • on medium heat, in the pan, which has the remaining butter, place the heavy cream in it and let it simmer, until it’s bubbly and thickened
  • once you see in the bubbles, add the parmesan cheese and mix it well.
  • now add little pieces of fresh broccoli  and let it cook until a pretty green
  • add chicken and give it a nice stir!
  • now add the fettuccine
  • top it all off with a little bit of fresh parsley

 

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Love: Chicken Quesadillas

Being in school & making a fresh dinner do not go hand in hand all the time, but last night after coming back from the gym, and, having only a few ingredients on hand, I decided to try out Laura’s chicken quesadilla recipe — and I seriously loved it! It was truly simple, and required NO PREP work!

I do not know Laura, but I love subscribing to her, she has so many great recipes on her YouTube channel! I’ll try to review all the recipes I make, and tell you how I’ve manipulated them.

Cheers!

P.S. Just made this for lunch, except this time I made a little change. I wanted to add black beans in to make it more filling (and so I could add less cheese). In order to do this I took a can of organic black beans which were in water (NO SALT), drained them and then cooked them on  medium heat for 5 mins. I seasoned them with garlic powder, paprika, salt, pepper, & chili flakes (you could use a forth of a packet of taco seasoning).  After mixing it all together I placed the contents into  my magic blender with 4 tablespoons of salsa and pureed it!  Next, I placed 2-3 spoons of the mixture on my tortilla and spread it out with a knife,  then placed my chicken and cheese on it & heated it over the stove for 2 mins on each side on medium  heat (just make sure the cheese has melted)! Viola — it’s DONE!

I hope you love this quick & healthy addition to the recipe!