During the working week it is always great to have a quick and easy meal that you know that you can rely on. People often associate quick and easy with processed ready meals. But with this recipe I am aiming to show you that is not the case!
This meal is quick, easy, low fat and super healthy but more importantly is a meal that the whole family will love, even the kids and the fussy eldest, wanted more! In my mind, that makes a meal a success. There was even enough leftover for me to take to work the following day for my lunch.
Chicken meals always go down well in our house, especially with the cycling Hubby. Chicken is a fantastic source of protein and is low in fats. This meal is the perfect muscle repairing dinner for when he gets home after a ride home from work. To make it even healthier I have used Quark instead of cream which gives him an additional boost of protein.
This is what I did...
4 chicken breasts, diced
2 yellow peppers, chopped
1 lg red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 stalks of curly kale, chopped
250g garlic and herb quark
1 tbsp olive oil
50g mature cheese, grated
1 - Place a pan of salted water over a high heat and bring to the boil
2 - Add the pasta to the pan and simmer for 8 minutes
3 - In a large saute pan heat the olive oil over a medium heat, add the diced chicken and brown off for 5 minutes
4 - Add the chopped red onion, garlic and yellow peppers to that pan and continue to cook for 5 minutes stirring frequently
5 - Stir in the chopped kale and cook for a couple of minutes
6 - Drain the pasta and add to the pan of chicken and stir thoroughly
7 - Turn the heat off, keep the pan over the warm ring and stir in the quark
8 - Transfer the pasta to an oven proof dish, sprinkle over the grated cheese and place under a high grill to melt the cheese before serving
The kids loved the added melted cheese on the top but this meal could easily be served without it. When I add kale and other greens to a meal like this the kids always eat it, if I serve it on it's own they will not. Making these sneaky additions are a great way of getting extra goodness into the children's diets. This meal was a winner all round, the kids loved it, the Hubby got a boost of protein and it was an easy meal for me to make and gave me a delicious lunch the following day!
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