EAT Easy & Cheap 2: simple baked Chicken Alfredo + skinny version

Hi lovelies! I’m excited to be writing this today! I’m going to show you how to make a delicious alfredo sauce that you can use on pizza, pasta, or anything! I’m  specifically going to be showing you how I make chicken alfredo with tons of hidden veggies (perfect for picky kids!!). My measurements may not be perfect because I don’t usually use measuring cups or anything when cooking, I just eyeball and use taste, so feel free to do the same! This is a super easy and quick recipe that is perfect for anyone and so much cheaper (and better) than going to an Italian restaurant!

Ingredients-

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1 package of Pasta– whatever type you prefer, I chose penne, wheat for skinny version

1/2 cup mozzarella– you can actually use any cheese, throw it in if it’s expiring

1 pint heavy cream– milk for skinny version!

2 tbs sour cream (optional)– I like adding this for the tang

2 tbs cream cheese (optional)- this adds to the thick and creaminess

broccoli (optional)

spinach cut up (optional)

2 chicken breasts cut into bite sizes

garlic powder, salt, pepper, parsley, Italian seasoning to taste

Instructions-

img_45321. Start by cooking pasta, cooking chicken, and steaming broccoli separately. You can also cook the chicken with the vegetables, steaming just retains nutrients best, whatever you prefer.

2. Cook chicken until golden and fully cooked and steam vegetables.

3. Bring water to boil with a pinch of salt, add pasta to boiling water, and let boil until cooked. Test noodle to see how well it sticks to a surface, over or under cooked pasta wont stick.

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4. Drain the pasta and add the cooked chicken and vegetables to the pasta pot.

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5. Over low heat, pour in all heavy cream, sour cream, cream cheese, and cheese. Start lightly with the mozzarella and add if necessary.  Add cut spinach, mix, and season to taste. I add spinach last because it cooks almost instantly in hot foods, especially when cut into pieces. Add more milk and cheese for creaminess if necessary.

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6. This last step is optional, but sometimes I like to top with bread crumbs and cheese and bake the pasta for 20 minutes on 350 degree F. Baking it makes it a little more held together but less creamy.

Skinny Version- 

If you are watching your weight, don’t worry, you can eat good too! To make this a “skinny version” (light version) use half a package of whole wheat pasta and 1-2 cups of cauliflower as the base and use milk instead of heavy cream! You have to let the milk come to a boil an evaporate a bit since it’s more watery than cream. You can adjust the cheese and optional ingredients, but the more veggies and less carbs the better!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Please scroll through my other posts if you did! I post every Wednesday and Saturday so please check back if you enjoyed! 🙂 

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