Weight Watchers is a lifestyle option that gives us parameters for choosing healthy foods, but doesn't restrict us so much like other ways of eating might. With Paleo, you can't eat bread, you can't eat (good) chocolate, you can't have a soda. With Weight Watchers, you can eat anything with moderation. I love that because I'm terrible at restricting certain food groups. If I can just have a 1/2 cup of ice cream, it will help me stay on track for another week.
Weight Watchers Chicken Tomato Pasta
We love pasta but have had to switch to gluten-free because of the kids' stomach issues. Gluten-free spaghetti doesn't taste much different than regular spaghetti so don't worry about compromising taste or flavor if you have to make the switch!
13 oz. spaghetti
2 Garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. chicken breasts
2 Cups vegetable broth
3 Large tomatoes, chopped
Drizzle olive oil
1 Onion, chopped
½ Carrot sliced
½ Cup cheddar cheese
¼ Cup parmesan cheese
2 Tsps chopped parsley leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
9 SmartPoints per serving; Serves 6
Directions for Weight Watchers Chicken Tomato Pasta
For the pasta:
In a pot over medium-high heat, boil the water with salt and vegetable broth.
Add the pasta and cook as the package indicates.
Once the pasta is ready (al dente), transfer ½ cup of the water from the pot to a saucepan and discard the remaining water. Set aside.
For the tomato sauce:
Place the saucepan over medium-low heat, add the tomatoes, olive oil, onion, carrot, salt, and pepper. Mix and cook for 5 minutes.
Transfer to a food processor andturn it on until smooth. Set aside.
For the chicken:
In a skillet over medium heat, heat an olive oil drizzle and place the chicken. Season with some onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Cook each side for 8 minutes or until golden. Set aside.
For the cheese sauce:
In a saucepan over medium heat mix the cheddar cheese and the parmesan cheese.
Add the pasta and mix it.
Divide the pasta into bowls, top with the chicken, pour the tomato sauce over, and sprinkle the chopped parsley and some additional parmesan cheese.
Serve and enjoy.
Tip: Use rice noodles for gluten free meal.
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