Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chicken Pot Pie Pasta























I'm so happy that spring is officially here, but our weather has been crazy. Sixty degrees
one day and twenty degrees the next. Is it winter, is it spring? Who knows!

One thing I do know is that when it's cold and dreary outside, there's nothing like a warm
and comforting meal for dinner. Chicken Pot Pie Pasta is comfort food at it's best, and
the fact that it is a one-pot meal makes it even better!

My pantry is always stocked with Swanson Chicken Broth.  I prefer organic, free-range
chicken broth and use it often for making homemade soup, cooking quinoa, and many other
dishes.  Today I'm using Swanson chicken broth and milk to create the sauce for my chicken
pot pie pasta.  This dish tastes just like chicken pot pie with a lot less work!

Swanson Organic Chicken Broth





















I'm using the Le Creuset 3 Qt. Cast Iron Oval Baker in Caribbean blue to serve this
hearty one pot meal. The oval baker is perfect for baking, roasting and stove top cooking.
I am a huge fan of Le Creuset and love practically everything they make!

Hopefully warm weather will be here to stay very soon, but until then I'll enjoy all
the comfort food I can!

Try my Dutch Oven Sprite Chicken or Skillet Chicken Nachos too.



Swanson Chicken Broth

One Pot Chicken Pot Pie Fettuccine





















Chicken Pot Pie Pasta

1 lb. boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 small onion, finely diced
2 medium carrots, sliced thin
2 stalks celery, diced small
1/2 tsp. minced garlic
3 T olive oil
1/3 C whole wheat flour
3 C milk (I used 2%)
4 C Swanson chicken broth
2 T minced fresh parsley, divided
1 lb. dry fettuccine pasta
salt and pepper to taste

In a large oval baker, sauce pan or dutch oven on medium heat, saute chicken, onion,
carrots, celery, and garlic in olive oil until chicken is no longer pink.  Stir in flour until
smooth, then slowly add milk, chicken broth and 1 tablespoon of parsley.
Add dry pasta and stir.

Reduce heat to medium-low and keep pasta to a simmer, stirring occasionally. As the
pasta cooks the sauce will thicken.  Cook for about 20-25 minutes or until pasta is
tender and creamy.

Remove chicken pot pie pasta from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Garnish with fresh parsley. Serve warm.

Enjoy!

This post is sponsored by Swanson and Le Creuset.  As always, all opinions are 
100% my own.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Mini Banana Protein Muffins


Mini Banana Protein Muffins





















These mini banana protein muffins may not be the cutest little baked goods on the
block, but they are healthy, delicious and perfect for breakfast on the go or as a guilt
free snack any time of day!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Why I Use a Food Scale























I'm not technically on a "diet", but I have been paying close attention to what I eat
and how much I eat since the beginning of the year.  I gained a few extra pounds over
the past 24 months, and while I'm not over weight, I have not felt comfortable with the
way my clothes have been fitting. This past January I was finally in the right mind set
to get serious and lose the extra weight.

I am all about moderation, so I have not been depriving myself of anything, I'm a
food blogger for goodness sake, but I have been focused on eating less processed food
and making healthy, clean choices when it comes to food.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sprouted Wheat Blueberry Pancakes


Sprouted Grain Blueberry Pancakes with yogurt and granola





















Last summer I had the best pancakes of my life in a cozy farm kitchen located in Vermont.
Julie, from Green Wind Farm made them for us while we were on the Stonyfield Farm Tour
and I haven't stopped thinking about them since!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lemon Peppermint Foot Scrub {DIY}


DIY Lemon Peppermint Sugar Foot Scrub





















Spring is on the way and it's time to get those toes in flip flop and sandal shape!

My homemade lemon peppermint sugar scrub is super easy to make and only requires
a few ingredients to help remove dead skin and soften your heels and feet.  I use sugar
scrubs a couple times a week and I'm always amazed at how great my skin feels
afterwards.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Disney Spring Break Essentials for Her



Spring Break Essentials for Walt Disney World
































Spring break will be here soon and we love spending our spring break in the happiest
place on earth, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffin Cookies


Healthy Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins Cookies





















Besides the cupcakes I made for Valentine's Day, I have been focusing on making healthy
treats that work with my weight loss plan and taste good too. Who wants something
healthy that tastes like crap? Not me!