Pasta with Spring Vegetables and Chicken
1/2 cup frozen green peas, thawed
3/4 cup asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
8 ounces uncooked pasta (any variety)
2 tablespoons canola or olive oil
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup no salt added vegetable or chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh basil chopped or 1 tablespoon dried
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated, divided
Blanch peas and asparagus in boiling water for about 3 minutes. Drain and cool quickly in ice water. Drain; set aside.
Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions just until tender. Drain; set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet on medium high heat. Add chicken and saute for 2-3 minutes.
Add onion and garlic to skillet and continue to saute for about 1 minute.
Add carrots, peas and asparagus. Saute with chicken and other vegetables for about 2 minutes.
Add salt, pepper, broth and dried basil (if using dried basil). Cook until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
Add pasta, fresh basil (if using fresh basil) and 1/4 cup parmesan cheese. Continue to cook until pasta is hot, broth is reduced by half and cheese is melted.
Transfer to serving dish and sprinkle remaining cheese.
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake
1 package white cake mix
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 small package strawberry gelatin
1/2 cup water
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
whipped cream (optional)
fresh sliced strawberries (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch tube or bundt pan with cooking spray and lightly coat with flour.
In a large bowl, combine first 5 ingredients and blend on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add chocolate chips and mix until combined.
Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick pushed into the center of the cake comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan for about 20-25 minutes. Gently loosen cake from sides of pan with a rubber spatula and turn out onto a serving plate. Continue to cool completely.
In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla and milk until smooth. Drizzle over cake.
Garnish with whipped cream and strawberries if desired.
Strawberry Fruit Punch
1 envelope unsweetened strawberry drink mix
3/4 cup “cup for cup” sugar substitute
3 cups no sugar added pineapple juice
1/2 cup unsweetened orange juice or lemon juice
7 cups water
2 cups fresh strawberries sliced or unsweetened frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher. Cover and chill. Serve over ice.