Thursday, January 12, 2012

New Recipe Adaptation and Unofficial Weigh In

Good morning!  It is chilly here this morning!  I made an incredible dinner last night.  I adapted a recipe from Eat, Live Run called Lightened Up Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta and it was fantastic! Thanks Jenna for the awesome idea!

In Jenna's recipe she uses Tony Cachere's Creole Seasoning.  I love that stuff and I had NEVER thought to put it in pasta.  Fantastic idea!

Jenna uses cream in her sauce and for that I substituted Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese.  I was very pleased with how this substitution worked.

I also switched shallot for garlic and onion since that's what I had on hand.  Here's what I did:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 chicken tenders, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder
  • 2 cans diced tomato
  • 6 wedges laughing cow light swiss cheese (I think next time I will reduce this to 4, the sauce ended up a little too thick as it cooled)
  • 2 tsp Tony Chachere's
  • 4 servings uncooked spaghetti
  • olive oil from misto sprayer
Cook chicken at 375 until cooked through (about 15 minutes).  While the chicken is baking, cook your pasta according to package directions and start your sauce.  Saute onion in olive oil in a large covered skillet.  I used my misto sprayer to add the olive oil to my pan, but I gave it a generous spray.  I would estimate I added half a teaspoon of oil to my non-stick pan.

While onion is sauteing add 1 tsp of Tony Chachere's.  I will be honest I didn't measure the seasoning I used the eye ball method and gave the onion a generous coating.  When the onion is translucent add the minced garlic and saute a minute longer.  Add tomatoes with their juices and bring to a simmer.

Add the cheese wedges and let them melt and bring the sauce back to a low simmer.  Add more Tony Chachere's as needed.

Yummy, simmering sauce
Once your chicken is done, let it rest and then cut into bite sized pieces.  Serve one cup of pasta with two sliced chicken tenders and a generous cup of sauce.  This recipe made 4 servings.  The weight watchers points + on this dinner was 10.

Where's mine?
Sorry Sammy...not for pups.

My other fun from yesterday evening was my cool new martini glass.

My excitement this morning came from a visit with the scale!  I am calling this an unofficial weigh in since my weigh in day with WW online is actually on Mondays, I won't be recording this there, but I was still happy!

Previously: -4.6
This Week: -1.2
Total:          -5.8

Have a fantastic Thursday!!


  1. That sounds and looks delicious - thanks for posting! WTG on your weigh-in too! Wooohoo!


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