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Skinny Chicken Florentine Pasta Bake

This one-pan skinny chicken florentine pasta bake feeds a crowd and doesn’t leave you feeling guilty! Make it with light jarred alfredo sauce and whole wheat pasta for a healthier twist on a classic pasta dish.

Skinny Chicken Florentine Pasta Bake

Dang you diets – why must you be so torturous?! This week me and a few girl friends started a Diet Challenge with eachother. Something about all of us being uber competitive and there being Target gift cards being on the line makes some beeches throw down and lose pounds! Boom! (Shaka Lacka.) You know you were saying Shaka Lacka in your head, too…

The first three days of the diet have been going okay…with the exception of me being hyper-focused on not devouring alllll of the Peanut Butter Oreos stashed in the apartment. Ben did however catch me sniffing the package just to get an Oreo high. No shame.  And because we’re adults and can practice moderation, we’re still allowing ourselves one alcoholic drink per night if necessary, which I can tell you now, has been necessary every day of the week. As a group we’re all very conscious of balancing all of our meals with one starch, one protein and one veggie and we have free days and free meals through the week. But there is one part I’m getting really hung up on…

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It’s the drink-half-my-weight-in-ounces-of-water-rule to ensure I get my precious “Water Points” for the day. I’m not about to lose those precious 15 daily points because I couldn’t drink my obscene number of ounces of water. That amount of water consumption does however yield one problem, the nearest bathroom at work happens to be a 300 yard walk outside and into a different building. And? Yup – there is an “and”. It happens to rain a lot in Seattle. Are you seeing my predicament? There it is. We’re in the middle of another big storm and boy is it convenient! Sike!

But there is something uber convenient and it’s filling up each bit of my diet in one plate  - this! Oh yeah – try this light and skinny chicken florentine pasta bake and it will keep your fueled and save you a ton of time with leftovers that taste great for days! Got my 6 meal points right here, yo! Woo!! The game is indeed, ON!

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Skinny Chicken Florentin Pasta Bake

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 35 Minutes

Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Total Time: 80 Minutes

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Ingredients:

1 package Whole Wheat Fettucine Noodles, cooked
2 − 10 ounce jars Light Alfred Pasta Sauce -I used Newman's Own
¼ cup Lemon Juice
½ tsp Black Pepper
3 cups chopped cooked Chicken Breast - about 2 large boneless breasts
1 package Frozen Spinach, thawed and drained
1 cup Roasted Red Peppers, drained (Or use diced Roasted Tomatoes instead)
½ cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 Degrees. Cook Fettucine noodles according to package directions and rinse with cold water when cooked. In a large bowl, whisk together the alfredo sauce, lemon juice and black pepper. Stir in spinach, peppers (or tomatoes), and chicken. Add in pasta and toss to combine evenly.
Pour into a 2 quart baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick spray. Cover with foil and bake for 45 Minutes. Sprinkle with shredded parmesan cheese and continue to bake uncovered until the cheese melts - about five minutes.

Inspired from Chicken Caesar Lasagna from BHG.

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14 Responses to “Skinny Chicken Florentine Pasta Bake”

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    Ali @ Inspiralized — November 8, 2013 @ 5:11 am

    Argh, diets. I started one today, actually. Let’s motivate each other! As in, let’s make a big bowl of this!

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    Julia — November 8, 2013 @ 5:26 am

    Having your friends to a diet with you must be a lot of fun and also super motivating…I’m thinking I should suggest some sort of health or fitness challenge to my friends!! Damn diets, is right…but looks like you’ve got this diet food thing down with this skinny chicken pasta! Have a wonderful weekend, lady!

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    Tieghan — November 8, 2013 @ 5:33 am

    Ugh. You started a diet right as the holidays are starting up?!?!? Very brave, go you and this pasta!! I mean, if this is what diet food looks like I can dig it! :)

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — November 8, 2013 @ 5:48 am

    You go girlfriend!! And one alcoholic drink a night is definitely necessary–glad to hear ya’ll aren’t that crazy. Also, I totally feel you on the bathroom dilemma. I think I lose an hour of productivity a week walking back and forth! PS> Pinning this and making sometime in the next few weeks. Love all the veggies in it too.

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — November 8, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    Will my head fit in that pan? I’m thinking so.

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    DessertForTwo — November 8, 2013 @ 8:19 am

    Looks scrumptious! I love that you and your girlfriends put target giftcards on the line! Good luck! :)

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    Emily @ More Than Just Dessert — November 8, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    Mmmmm, I’ve had a hankering for a creamy pasta dish. Will definitely have to add this to my menu!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — November 8, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Good luck on your diet! You will rock it just like this recipe.

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — November 8, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    First off, love the idea of a diet challenge with Target gift cards on the line! I wish I had enough friends to participate in something like that, it’d be serious motivation! Second, this is totally making my menu next week. It looks sinful without actually BEING sinful!

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 8, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

    Light and skinny, just how I want to be :) but I fear 4 bowls of this might cancel that out! Great recipe..

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — November 8, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

    If you keep making skinny meals like this I just might start my diet up again. This looks fabulous!!!

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    Gaby — November 8, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    This looks amazing! Pure comfort food, not a detection of diet food!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — November 9, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    Oy…I am a terrible dieter. Like, horrendous. I get hangry and snappy and am basically just terrible to be around. If I had more light and delicious pasta dishes though, I may actually be able to handle it. Good luck, girl!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 16, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Oh my goodness, this dish is definitely drool-worthy!! I cannot wait to get a taste :)

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