Declutter your life: Lemon Chicken Fettuccine

May 6, 2017

Lemon Chicken Fettucine by Providence Healthy Living

By Kay MacInnis, Registered Dietitian

Feel like you're too busy to think about being healthy?

That is something I frequently hear from my clients/patients.  It takes time to think and plan out healthy meals, not including the time it takes to prepare them. Clutter in our lives can be overwhelming and slow the process of working on healthier choices. By "decluttering" our lives, we can make the healthy choices easier.

I read a good article about "Decluttering Your Path to Better Health" in the Spring 2017 issue of Diabetic Living magazine. Here is a summary of the tips provided:

  1. Choose a goal. Write it down.
  2. Keep your goal specific – think about making your goals smaller and not so broad. 
  3. What's in the way? What are the obstacles that keep you from reaching your goals?
  4. Make a plan. Think about ways to clear away the chaos that keeps you from being successful.
  5. Put a time limit on your goal.
  6. Pat yourself on the back – choose a reward (NOT food-related).

Speaking of healthy choices, here's a healthy dinner choice for you and your family this week.

Lemon Chicken Fettuccine

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. fettuccine, cooked according to package directions
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pint sweet grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 8-oz. package sliced mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup parsley, rough-chopped

Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • grated parmesan cheese

Preparation:

  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add cubed chicken pieces.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until chicken is browned on all sides, stirring occasionally.
  • Add halved grape tomatoes, sliced mushrooms and parsley, stirring frequently.
  • Continue cooking for 3-4 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  • Add cooked fettuccine to chicken mixture until heated through, stirring frequently.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper; stir until thoroughly mixed.
  • Stir into pasta mixture.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Taste for salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Serve.

Nutrition Information: 457.9 Calories, 20.6 grams fat, 32.5 mg. cholesterol, 21.8 mg. sodium, 50.6 grams carbohydrate, 20.7 grams protein.

(Recipe: DIETHOOD)

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This is another in a weekly series of healthy recipes from Kay MacInnis, registered dietitian at Providence Health in Columbia, S.C.

Kay promotes health and wellness, helping cardiac and diabetes patients eat their way to healthier lives. She works in consultation with the trained chefs at Providence, combining her nutrition knowledge with their food prep know-how to create delicious, healthy dishes for patients and the public. She also conducts a number of health and wellness events for the public, including the monthly Providence Cooks! classes.

"She doesn't just give you the fish, she teaches you how to cook it."

 – a Kay MacInnis fan and Providence Cooks! regular.