Food for Fuel: Penne with Vegetables and Goat Cheese

September 23, 2008 at 9:48 pm | Posted in Food, Nutrition, Pasta, Vegetarian Entrees | 5 Comments

This dish was going to be Penne with CHICKEN, Vegetables, and Goat Cheese, but the chicken tasted a little off…ewww. The rest of it was pushed to the side of my plate and I’m hoping the part I consumed doesn’t make me sick. So far, so good.

What an appetizing way to introduce you to my dinner recipe, which is actually a yummy, healthy meal, even with a little bad chicken, I promise. Also, very quick and easy. However, I didn’t measure anything, so bear with me and just add as many of the ingredients as you want if you make this or something similar.

For tonight’s pasta creation, I prepared whole wheat penne according to the package directions. I sauteed the following in a skillet with cooking spray and a little olive oil:

  • 1 clove garlic
  • Broccoli florets
  • Zucchini
  • Mushrooms

After the veggies were soft and the penne was cooked, I removed the skillet from heat, added the penne, and added a few basil leaves, dried basil, parsley, cooked chicken, three jarred artichoke hearts, and a few scoops of goat cheese.

Yep. That’s it. How easy was that? Perfect for a weeknight.

Nutrition of this Meal

This meal contains 8 ingredients from the World’s Healthiest Foods list:

  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Summer squash
  • Chicken (If it’s not bad. If it is bad, it is not on the WHF list. It may even kill you.)
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Whole wheat

Does anyone know if goat cheese is considered “low-fat cheese”? I’ll keep using it regardless, but I’m curious.



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  1. Goat cheese is actually better than the harder cheeses like Parm (less fat)… and the nutritionals aren’t bad, but it could be a comparison?

    But that is my kind of dish! i ❤ goat cheese 🙂

  2. yep
    echoing ttfn300.

    usually better than cows milk cheeses and varies wildly in my experience depending on the specific goat cheese.

  3. still, I’m pretty sure that goat cheese isnt a low fat cheese. Thats why its so darn good!

  4. Mmm. Glad I wouldn’t have made it with chicken anyway– that isn’t the most appetizing story, although the recipe sounds delicious! May your stomach continue feeling fine.

  5. I love goat cheese too. I will be consuming it in large amounts regardless of fat content 🙂

    tfh: Stomach is still fine!

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