I shared with you guys last week that I was embarking on the #EatFreshChallenge as part of a sponsored campaign with Cooking Planit Eat Fresh Challenge with Colavita. After using the Cooking Planit Meal Planning app for an entire week, I have a more thorough understanding of the app and the Cooking Planit program in general...and a great new Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe to share with you guys!
Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe
If you haven't tried meal planning before, then you're probably a lot like me. I have always liked the idea of meal planning but I didn't like the searching for recipe ideas, being stuck having to cook something when I wasn't in the mood, trying to find things that the entire family would enjoy...but after a while, scrambling to come up with dinner after a long day gets old. Real old.
While my first week of meal planning wasn't exactly perfect, it was much better than my usual "What's for dinner?" routine! I actually planned out my menu for the week using the Cooking Planit app while I was getting a pedicure on Sunday. The Cooking Planit meal planning app has so many features to help you plan your menu, browse for recipe ideas, creating grocery lists - I tell you, it's a game changer! You can also use the Cooking Planit website.
Oh, but about that Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe? Yeah, it was delicious!
This recipe is a slightly changed version of the Creamy Chicken Pasta Soup recipe in the Cooking Planit recipe database. Angeline isn't a fan of soup, so I just tweaked the soup recipe a bit by adding more pasta so that it became pasta with a heavy cream sauce. I loved the combination of pasta, chicken and veggies - I also increased the veggie content to make it a more balanced meal, as we weren't eating with the side recommended in the meal planner.
How to Make this Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe
Cooking Planit Meal Planning App - Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe #EatFreshChallenge
- Carrots — 1 Cup
- Celery — 3⁄4 Cup
- Fresh Parsley — 2 Tablespoons
- Fresh Thyme — 4 Sprigs
- Garlic — 2 Cloves
- Onions — 1⁄2 Cup
- Chicken Tenders Boneless — 6 Ounces
- Butter Unsalted — 2 Tablespoons
- Heavy Cream — 2 Cups
- Tagliatelle Pasta — 3 Cups
- Chicken Stock Low Sodium — 2 ½ Cups
- Frozen Peas — 1 Cup
- Black Pepper and salt to taste
- Dried Bay Leaves — 2
- Dried Sage — 1⁄2 Teaspoon
- Flour — 2 Tablespoons
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil — 2 Tablespoons
- Dry White Wine — 1 Cup
- Cut an onion into ¼ inch dice to measure the indicated amount.
- Peel carrots and cut into ¼ inch pieces to measure the indicated amount. Add to the onions.
- Cut celery into ¼ inch dice to measure the indicated amount. Add to carrots and onions.
- Smash the garlic under the side of your chef's knife to remove the peel. Mince the garlic, then add to celery, carrots and onions.
- Trim parsley leaves from the stems and finely chop to measure the indicated amount.
- Cut chicken into ½ inch diced pieces, then season with salt and pepper.
- Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and warm.
- Once oil is warm, add the chicken. Oil should sizzle when you add the chicken. Sear until golden brown and nicely caramelized, stirring as it cooks to brown evenly, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a clean plate. Save the pot.
- Place the chicken pot back over medium heat. There should be enough oil to cover bottom of pot. If not, add more olive oil and warm.
- Once oil is warm, add garlic, onions, carrots, celery and dried sage. Crush the sage between your fingertips as you add it to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until vegetables are tender and onions are translucent. Stir often.
- Once onions are translucent, add butter and let melt. Then, add flour and cook while stirring for 1-2 minutes to remove the raw flour taste.
- Pour in white wine and use a spoon to scrape any bits off the bottom of the pot. Add thyme sprigs, dried bay leaves, heavy cream and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
- Place chicken back into the pot along with pasta. Bring back to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer and cook until pasta noodles are tender and chicken is cooked through, about [15-20 minutes]. Continue to stir often.
- Once pasta noodles are tender and chicken is cooked through, remove thyme sprigs and dried bay leaves. Check final seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste, if necessary. Stir in parsley and peas. Place back over medium heat and simmer for another 3-5 minutes until peas are cooked through.
- Ladle creamy chicken pasta into bowls and serve warm!
Why You Should Get the Cooking Planit App!
There is a free version of the Cooking Planit app with limited content and functionality. In honor of the #EatFreshChallenge, Cooking Planit has reduced the price of the iPhone app to $1.99 (regularly $2.99), the iPad app to $2.99 (regularly $4.99) and the Android universal app to $1.99 (regularly $2.99) for the duration of the Colavita Challenge. Take advantage of this promotion while it lasts! You can download the iOS App here and the Android app here.
My meal plan for this week is full of easy food - re: KID-FRIENDLY food that Angeline will enjoy! One of the most difficult things about cooking in our house is that Angeline is a really picky eater. You'll notice that I don't select a lot of gourmet, fine dining fare; if I did, she'd likely not eat it. We both really liked the Roasted Chicken Drumsticks I made last week, so I am sticking to simple recipes to keep the "Wow, mom, this is good" momentum going!
OUR MEAL PLAN FOR THIS WEEK
Monday: Bacon, Tomato and Three Cheese Pasta
Tuesday: It was Angeline's Birthday and she had a date at the Olive Garden. Sigh. I ate leftover pasta from Monday and deeply regretted my decision to allow her to spend her 17th birthday with her boyfriend instead of me.
Wednesday: Chicken Quesadillas
Thursday: Sloppy Joes and Mac & Cheese
Friday: Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Spice Marinade
Saturday: Angeline's birthday party - we're having it catered and I am taking the night off from cooking!
Sunday: Pork Loin and Brussels Sprouts
We absolutely love Brussels sprouts because there are SO MANY different ways to prepare them! If you've never made Brussels sprouts before, this How to Prepare Brussels Sprouts YouTube video will help!
Do you remember the awesome Colavita pantry essentials basket I showed you last week?
I am having so much fun experimenting with the different ingredients while menu planning, but the Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil is my favorite! I use olive oil in so many dishes - everything from Brussels sprouts to the chicken drumsticks to sauteing the veggies for our Creamy Chicken Pasta recipe!
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