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For all my zucchini noodle friends out there, then you know that these noodles are a wonderful alternative to traditional pasta noodles. For all my friends who look at me with glazed eyes when I talk about zucchini noodles, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, folks! Zucchini and squash noodles have became a favorite in our house over the past year. They cook up quickly and make great lunch leftovers for the next day! This Creamy Chicken Alfredo with Zucchini and Squash Noodles recipe is one of our favorite ways to enjoy this dish at dinner.
- (1) pound chicken tenderloins (Chicken breasts will work, too.)
- Pinch of black pepper
- Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
- (1 /2) teaspoon garlic powder
- (1) teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Olive oil
- Zucchini noodles (pre-cut from store or cut from one zucchini)
- Squash noodles (pre-cut from store or cut from one squash)
- (1) jar Bertolli® Creamy Basil Alfredo
Add one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Heat. Add the zucchini and squash noodles. Cook, stirring frequently, until they are “al dente.” Remove them from the skillet and set aside.
While the noodles are cooking, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in another skillet. Add the chicken tenderloins. Mix the seasonings together and sprinkle them over the chicken. Cook the chicken in the skillet until it is cooked through completely.
Warm the Bertolli® Creamy Basil Alfredo as directed on the back of the jar.
Plate the meal by adding the noodles to a dish, top with chicken, then cover with Bertolli® Creamy Basil Alfredo.
One of the most common things that I hear from other moms when I talk about making zucchini noodles for my family is that they do not think that their children will eat them so why make them. I get their concern, but I also know from experience that children will never try anything that to which they are not exposed. I have four kids (which includes a set of triplets). The triplets have grown up with the exact same foods. I made the majority of their baby food. And yet they each have different food tastes. One boy likes carrots and the other two do not. Another will eat red peppers as I’m cutting them while the others won’t. I balance these taste preferences by making a few food items that are non-negotiable and giving them a choice with the others.
When I make meals such as this one with the zucchini noodles, I make each portion of the dish in a separate skillet. This allows the kids to select the items that they like. I also store the items individually for leftovers. Individual containers also allows me to make certain foods, like protein, in larger quantities. For instance, I can use the chicken in this Cream Chicken Alfredo recipe in another recipe later this week if I double or triple the amount that I cook.
If you have a larger family and meal prep or if you simply like bulk cooking twice or so a week, here are a few tips.
-Sit down on Saturday or Sunday and make a rough meal plan for the week. Find several recipes perfect for meal planning on this Savvy Meal Solutions site.
-Cook different elements in separate skillets so that they may be easily stored.
-Store each item in a different container. Just because you want Bertolli® Creamy Basil Alfredo sauce on your chicken tonight doesn’t mean that you will tomorrow!
-Choose a food storage system that is 100% leak-proof guaranteed, microwave safe, stackable, stain resistant, and clear. The new Rubbermaid® Brilliance™ 10-piece set from Walmart (launched in October 2016) fits the bill on all of these elements! I have this premium set, and I like that I can place red sauce in them without worrying about the gross red stains afterwards. The clear see-through is a great feature, too. No more popping open lids in an attempt to try to figure out which food is in what container. The stacking feature equals a space saving design for my refrigerator and the cupboard.
-Make protein items, such as chicken and other meats, in larger quantities. Use them throughout the week in salads, sandwiches, and other dishes.
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