Mediterranean Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Veggies & Chickpeas

Mediterranean Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Veggies & Chickpeas

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Mediterranean Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Veggies & Chickpeas


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  • Author: Amy MS, RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 25 minutes

Description

Mediterranean Pesto Pasta is fresh, vibrant and satisfying! This dish is infinitely adaptable with your favorite veggies or in-season produce.


Ingredients

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  • 1 lb Whole Wheat Penne Pasta
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast, cut into 1 1/2 inch dice
  • 2 Medium Zucchini
  • 2 Bell Peppers (Orange, Red or Yellow)
  • 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 15 oz Can Chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp Spinach Pesto

 


Instructions

  1. Make your pesto and then set aside to cook the rest of the dish.
  2. Cook your pasta according to the box directions.
  3. While the pasta cooks, cook your chicken and veggies
  4. Heat a large skillet (cast iron pan if you have it!) over medium high heat, add 1 tbsp of olive oil
  5. When your pan is hot, add the chicken. Cook for 8-10 minutes until nicely browned and cooked through. Place cooked chicken on a plate and set aside.
  6. While the chicken cooks, prep your veggies. Rinse your veggies and get ready to chop!
  7. Dice the vegetables into 1 1/2 inch pieces
    1. Zucchini: Slice in half length-wise, then dice into half moon shape
    2. Bell Pepper: Cut around the pepper and remove the core, then slice into strips, then dice
    3. Cherry Tomatoes: Slice in half lengthwise
  8. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and adjust skillet heat to medium. Add the chickpeas to the skillet.
  9. Next add the zucchini and bell pepper to your pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally and turning over the veggies to cook evenly on each side.
  10. Now its time to put the dish together!
  11. In a large bowl, add the 3-4 tablespoons of pesto to the bottom. Next, add the pasta, chicken and veggies, including the cherry tomatoes you chopped earlier. Top with another tablespoon of pesto. Using a large spoon, mix the dish together, taking care to not mash your veg!
  12. Taste the pasta and add additional pesto per your preference.
  13. Serve immediately and enjoy a taste of a Mediterranean Summer!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Mediterranean
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/6
  • Calories: 460
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Sodium: 625mg
  • Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 77g
  • Fiber: 39g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Cholesterol: 74mg
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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

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Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas


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  • Author: Amy RD, LDN
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12 Enchiladas 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

These enchiladas are sure to be your next weeknight favorite dinner! Black Bean & Roasted Sweet Potato Enchiladas are packed with flavor and fiber in each bite.


Ingredients

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

  • 1 Large Sweet Potato, peeled and small diced to 1/2″ inch
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika

Enchiladas:

  • 2 cans, 15 oz Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, diced
  • 2 Scallions, diced
  • 1 cup Cheddar Cheese, Grated
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1012 Flour Tortillas, about 8-inches in diameter

Instructions

Roasted Sweet Potatoes:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° F. Get out a large sheet tray and set aside.
  2. Place your diced sweet potato on the sheet tray, then add spices and mix together with clean hands or a spatula.
  3. Pop the sweet potato sheet tray into the oven and roast for 20-25 minutes until nicely browned, stirring halfway.

Enchiladas:

  1. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by coating it in nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. While the sweet potato roasts, mix up the enchilada filling. Into a large bowl add all the filling ingredients, black beans, bell pepper, scallions, grated cheese, chili powder, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and salt. Give the mixture a stir with a spoon or spatula.
  3. After the sweet potato has roasted and cooled slightly, add to the black bean mixture and give the filling mixture one more mix with your spoon.
  4. Next roll up the enchiladas. Place one tortilla on your work surface, add 1/2 cup of enchilada filling to one end of the tortilla, then carefully, lift up the end of the tortilla to fold it over the filling and then roll it up and place into your baking dish. Continue with the remaining filling and tortillas.
  5. Turn your oven down to 350 F and bake the enchiladas for 25-30 minutes until they just start to brown and crisp at the edges.
  6. Top with your favorite toppings such as a dollop of Greek Yogurt, salsa, guacamole and a dash of hot sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Nutrition facts are for 2 enchiladas, without toppings.
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Enchiladas
  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 8g
  • Sodium: 485mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Fiber: 12g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
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