So after trekking home in a disaster of a rain storm from work I was so excited to get to Whole Foods! I was on the hunt for a few particular items, if I don’t have a list in that paradise store I get myself in some major trouble 😉
Here’s the loot!
The Pure2Raw girls got me very interested in trying coconut oil so I knew that it just had to be done! You can use this stuff both in the kitchen and in your beauty routine, from what I have read it really is some pretty amazing stuff 🙂
I also scored some supertastic deals using the coupons in their flyer whoop whoop!
- Organic Honey Nut Rice Cakes total $1.44
- Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk total $1.19
- Simply Asia Stir Fry sauce total $0.94
Sweet success! Guess it made up for that coconut oil expense 😛 It’s all about balance right, in all parts of life!
So we were talkin’ a lil’ earlier about how tonight was going to be an impromptu dinner night – and you friends gave me some great meal ideas that sparked the final product!
And ya’ll know my style, sometimes I really just get anti-recipe to the extreme and tonight was one of those nights. I decided to work with some things we had on hand: pasta, chicken and butternut squash! This was a “pantry dinner” for sure, nothing extra had to be purchased (happy wallet 🙂 )
I present: Chicken & Butternut Squash Pasta flavored w/ garlic, onion & nutmeg!
- 2 chicken breasts, chopped
- 1 butternut squash, peeled & chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Parm cheese – now I know this is the crappy can kind, but The Man likes this kind ever so often so you know what, since I <3 him we compromise 😉
- chicken broth (unpictured)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
I started by peeling up the butternut squash. I think the trick with these puppies is to pop them in the microwave for a minute to soften somewhat and then proceed peeling & chopping. Well, at least that’s what worked for me!
Then I gave the onion a rough chop (I like the sizes of all items in a dish to be somewhat uniform, call me weird) and cooked it over medium in 1 tsp of the coconut oil (which was plenty, love this stuff already!) – p.s. apparently coconut oil works best when used over medium heat, so I stuck with that.
I added the minced garlic a few minutes in along with some S&P.
Next I dumped in the butternut squash, nutmeg plus some chicken broth for moisture. Covered it up and let it simmer away – for how long I’m not sure (remember, I suck at timing things haha, drives my mom crazy when she asks me and I just say I’m not sure, I was just wingin’ it! 😉 ).
At this point the squash was close to soft and it was time to add the chicken + more black pepper (<3). Covered it and let it cook through (this was fast!)
Then I turned down the heat and let the flavors get to know each other while I got the rest of the meal prepared.
In the words of Emeril, I wish you friends at smell-o-vision!!!! The smell of this cooking was absolutely amazing, the coconut oil infused it with a flavor like I had never tasted smelled (okay, I snuck a taste too haha) and paired with the nutmeg it was soooooooooo outta this world fantastic!! 🙂
Next I boiled up the pasta and “short cut microwaved” some fresh broccoli.
I have never done broc like this before, but just chopped up fresh broccoli and layered in a micro safe dish with a few bits of the minced garlic + some water and gave it a microwave steam bath!
Hello green! Whole Foods veggies seriously are far superior…
Okay okay so back to the pasta dish! Once the noodles were al dente I drained them and added them into the veggie/chicken mix and sprinkled with Parm 🙂 Oh. Em. Gee. the smells just got even better… seriously.
All served up this dinner was easily my favorite dinner this week! And probably one of my fave pasta dinners ever 😛
First of all, I am now obsessed with coconut oil. Plain & simple. This stuff is amazing & I am convinced that it made this dish even more over the top 🙂
Second, butternut squash, onions & garlic are a match made in heaven! Paired with pasta and some cheese my taste buds were having “a moment” 😉 I could def see this being made meat-free & with veggie broth and being fabulous too.
Thirdly, nothing beats fresh veggies prepared healthfully with some great flavor. Love this method for a quick cook!
Okay, I guess I’ve rambled enough about this dinner huh? But seriously, if you’re looking for a delicious go-to pasta meal then really consider giving this (or some version of this) a try. Oh yea… guess what too? It’s pretty darn low-fat since the only fat around was the 1 tsp of coconut oil and lean chicken – booyah!
See you for Friday friends!