Lightweight Lemon Brown Rice Pasta with Chicken and Asparagus

Image Hey all!  Although I’m having a great time with all the traveling, and trying new restaurants I’ve been doing….cooking and eating at home is something I always miss when I’m gone.  After a crazy few days in New Orleans eating jambalaya and beignets with my few days at home before traveling again, I wanted to make something healthy, lightweight, and filling!

Additionally, after drinking hurricanes and hand grenades, it was time to do a little detox and what better way to do it than by incorporating some lemons into our dinner.  Lemons are great for your kidneys, liver, digestion, acne, and for your weight loss routine.  So grab a knife, slice some lemons, and add it to your food and drink for a healthy alternative.

Ingredients:

1/2 pound brown rice pasta (or any kind you like, really)
2 chicken breasts bounded about 1-1/2 inch thickness
2 garlic cloves, diced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice and a teaspoon for sprinkling on after (this gives it a very lemony flavor, if you like less, opt for 1…you can always add more later)
1 teaspoon dried or fresh basil
1 teaspoon parsley
Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (optional)

Directions:
1.) Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2.) While the grill preheats, cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.

3.) While the pasta cooks, season your chicken with salt, pepper, basil, onion powder and garlic powder. Grill until completely cooked – roughly 6 minutes on each side. Remove to a plate, slice into strips or dice it, then cover to keep warm.

4.) Heat a large pan on medium-high heat with olive oil and once warm, add the asparagus, garlic, and red pepper flakes and cook for 10 minutes or until asparagus is tender. Once cooked, toss in the cooked pasta and turn heat on low

5.) Once chicken is cooked add to the warm pasta and season with a little more salt and pepper and then add the lemon juice, parsley, and parmesan if desired. Mix well and serve!

Serving Suggestions: White Wine and that’s it! You have your starch, veggie, and protein all in one tasty lightweight dish!

Image   The Chef in the works

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