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Last year, my husband and I participated in a popular food health plan. It only lasted 30 days, but it left us with some concrete ideas on how we wanted to change our food habits. Out of many new food choices, we decided to start using gluten free pasta, even for the kids. Pasta is a popular family meal, especially on busy weeknights. However, it’s easy to get tired of the same pasta dish time after time. I have always liked dishes with a Mediterranean spin, but my kids are not enthused about some of the common additions in Mediterranean style foods, such as olives. By taking out a few of the things that they do not prefer and adding in common pasta flavors, I’ve made this tasty dish kid-friendly.
- 1.25 pounds of chicken tenderloins
- Olive oil
- (1) small red onion
- (1) small zucchini
- 4 ounces of cherry tomatoes
- (1) can of tomato sauce
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. basil
- Pink Himalayan sea salt
- (1) box of Barilla Gluten Free penne pasta
Cook the Barilla Gluten Free penne pasta according to the directions on the box, using the Pink Himalayan sea salt.
While the pasta is cooking, prepare the chicken and vegetables.
Dice the onion. Cut the zucchini and cherry tomatoes.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the chicken. Cook completely.
Add the onion and garlic powder. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add the zucchini, cherry tomatoes, oregano, and basil. Add Pink Himalayan sea salt, if desired. Cook for 5 minutes.
Add the can of tomato sauce. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
To serve, place the pasta in a large dish and add the chicken mixture on top.
If your kids have more adventurous taste buds than mine, feel free to add olives or more veggies. Dishes such as these are a great way to sneak in those veggies.
Find Barilla Gluten Free Spaghetti and Barilla Gluten Free Penne at a retailer near you. Made with non-GMO corn and rice, it has a taste similar to “regular” pasta. I grabbed mine during a Publix run. Save with this digital coupon, and get more recipe ideas at Barilla.