Monday, July 11, 2011

Chicken Sausage Spinach Pasta

Consider this informational, friends. Health up that pasta dinner!

Who doesn't love a pasta dinner? I know Mr. Not Your Bubbe's Kitchen loves. Here's the thing. After the arrival of our baby, Ms. Lil Lady Not Your Bubbe's Kitchen, I am on somewhat of a healthy eating kick to shed the baby weight (let's ignore the fact I made peanut butter swirl brownies today, shall we? I mean, I am giving 3/4 of the batch out-promise!). But given the face my husband and I may not even have time to even eat at all, if have the luxury of being able to cook a couple rules apply:

1. We have to be able to make a dinner quickly
2. Eat it quickly
3. Clean it quickly. 

Speed is key.
Additionally, given my current health kick, sometimes the fastest food isn't the healthiest.Tonight, I share with you a quick pasta dinner that packs in some extra veggies and is made with chicken sausage.

4 pack of Chicken Sausage, like Johnsonville Chicken Sausage, chopped into discs
1 jar of Marinara, like Newman's Own
1 tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small Yellow Onion, chopped
2 tsp Minced Garlic
2-3 cups of fresh spinach, chopped roughly
1 Green Bell Pepper, roughly chopped
6 ounces of Whole Wheat (any pasta that is protein/fiber enriched will do- I prefer Barilla Plus)

How to (so easy, so quick!):

Heat oil in a pan; when pan is ready (a sprinkle of water sizzling will tell you the pan is ready), add the onions and chicken sausage. Let them saute for a few minutes. Add in the garlic and make sure nothing burns- I cannot stress enough how nasty the smell of burnt onions and garlic is. Next, add in the spinach and toss around the onions and garlic. Toss in the jar of marinara and then add the bell pepper. Let this combination simmer for about 15-30 minutes.

Boil pasta per package directions- minus 1 or two minutes. When the pasta is ready, add the pasta to the sauce for the final two minutes.

You're meal is done, and it's done in 30 minutes or less. And it has extra healthy in it: protein and fiber in the pasta, leaner type of meat, and some iron in the spinach. 

Now, let's see if our lil lady will let us enjoy dinner!
(Pardon this photo, time is of the essence these days!)