Chicken Pasta on the Lighter Side

One of the easiest ways to lighten up a pasta dish is to add tons of protein and vegetables to your dish which keeps the portions large and the carbs low and this dish is a perfect example. Be sure to be generous with your Cajun spices, it should have plenty of kick so don’t be shy!

I took a knife skills class at Sur La Table this week with my girlfriend and of course I HAD to buy a new knife and cutting board there. I was so excited to put my new skills to work and cut my veggies like a pro with my new knife, a task I would normally dread.

This dish comes together rather quickly once all your vegetables are chopped.

You can make this with shrimp instead of chicken, or use a combination of both. Make this vegetarian by leaving the chicken out or replacing it with tofu and the chicken broth with vegetable broth. You can also make this gluten-free by using brown rice pasta and replacing the flour with 1 teaspoon of corn starch. Hope you enjoy!!

Cajun Chicken Pasta on the Lighter Side

Servings: 5 • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 8 pts
Calories: 323.8 • Fat: 6.2 g • Protein: 25.9 g • Carb: 44.1 g • Fiber: 6.3 g • Sugar: 3.2 g
Sodium: 126.5 mg (without salt)


8 ounces uncooked linguine (I used Dreamfields)
1 pound chicken breast strips
1-2 tsp Cajun seasoning (or to taste)
1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1 cup fat free low sodium chicken broth
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tbsp flour
3 tbsp light cream cheese
fresh cracked pepper
2 scallions, chopped
salt to taste
Smart Balance cooking spray


Prep all your vegetables. In a small blender make a slurry by combining milk, flour and cream cheese. Set aside. Season chicken generously with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder and salt.

pasta in salted water according to package directions.

Heat a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; spray with cooking spray and add half of the chicken. Sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until done, set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken. Set aside.

Add olive oil to the skillet and reduce to medium; add bell peppers, onions, and garlic to skillet, sauté 3-4 minutes.

Add mushrooms and tomatoes and sauté 3-4 more minutes or until vegetables are tender. Season with 1/4 tsp salt, garlic powder and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add chicken broth and pour in slurry stirring about 2 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium-low; add chicken broth and pour in slurry stirring about 2 minutes.Return chicken to skillet; adjust salt and Cajun seasoning to taste, cook another minute or two until hot, then add linguine; toss well to coat. Top with chopped scallions and enjoy!

Makes 7 1/2 cups.


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Just when you think the fitness tracker trend is slowing down, a new one hits the market. It’s likely that these personal activity tracking devices continue to do well because they make you constantly aware of how much you move during the day—or how much you don’t, which in many ways is the more telling health statistic. They coach, motivate and nag you a bit to ensure you’re taking steps, burning calories and even getting enough sleep. So which one is right for you? Read on!

Nike Fuel Band

The Nike Fuel ($150) band rolls fashion, activity tracking and games into one stylish, easy-to-use wristband. With the touch of a button on the center of the band, you scroll through steps, calories and time. A fourth stat—NikeFuel—adds the gaming element. These mysteriously tallied points allow you to compare yourself to other Fuel users and unlock social media-type badges. Another awesome feature: You can sync your data wirelessly to an iPhone app by holding down the button. The band need never leave your wrist except for its weekly charge. Nike Fuel comes in three techy colors: Black, translucent black ice or white ice.

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This newly revamped tracking bracelet gets a lot of things right. The device itself is thin and flexible and comes in lots of zippy colors. The stellar iPhone app logs every piece of data you can think of—mileage, calories burned and eaten, sleeping patterns and even the ebb and flow of your moods if you choose to log them. Its stand out feature is the silent vibrating alarm that calculates your ideal wake up time based on your REM sleep cycles. We also love the “Insights” function, which offers suggestions on how to improve your health based on what the device learns about you. The only tweak we wish for is a better sync-up system. Up by Jawbone ($129.99) lasts 10 days without a charge but requires an extra wire and only syncs to select mobile devices.


As the original tracking device seen on “The Biggest Loser,” the Bodybugg ($119) has nailed motion capture technology by factoring in accelerometry (body movement), skin temperature and other data into its calorie burn calculations. Perhaps that’s why it seems to do the best job of crediting all your movement accurately—not just steps. Though it’s homely in comparison to other devices, some users may prefer the fact that it straps to the upper arm rather than rattling around on the wrist. The software, especially the food log, is user-friendly and adaptable. For instance, you can now integrate BodyBugg info into your SparkPeople account. Plus, it syncs wirelessly with mobile devices for on-the-fly monitoring. After three months of use, you need to purchase a $6.95-a-month subscription plan in order to keep using it, so factor that into the price.

Fitbit: Zip, One and Flex

Fitbit has three tracking devices to choose from. The Zip ($59.95) and One ($99.95) are tiny and cute, like miniature anime cartoon characters. Both clip discretely onto your waistband and both run on a long-life battery. The Flex ($119.95) is a sleek black wristband and charges up via cable. All three do a superior job of logging steps, distance and calories burned. Zip also tracks stats, like stairs climbed and sleep cycles, while Flex goes even further by tracking active minutes and quality of sleep. All Fitbit devices use a lewdly named “dongle” for syncing—you stick it into a USB port for wireless data transfer. The analysis software is eye-catching and intuitive.


Want to dip your toe into activity tracking? At $29.95, this slim wrist band may be just the ticket. Equipped with three modes, MOVband allows you to freely switch between time, total mileage and “movements”—a catchall utility for any activity other than steps. Mile benchmarks are awarded with small colorful bands that slide onto the bracelet—low tech, but surprisingly motivating. If you join the MOVchallenge program, you can pace yourself against other users or set up a personal fundraising page. The tracking software can be a little wonky, but you may get more precise readings by putting the band in your pocket during activities such as elliptical workouts, dance or jumping rope.

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Lazy Girl Fitness – Brush my Teeth Workout

This one is called: Brush my Teeth Workout (Takes 2 minutes, the time you should be taking for brushing your teeth)…and yes I brush my teeth while doing this.

1. Toe Raises – Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, raise up to a high releve and then back down. I do this 20 times.

2. Side Lunges – Start in a standing position, lunge to the Left or Right then push-off your lunge leg. One leg stays stationary at all times, do 12 on each leg then switch to the other side.

3. Stationary Lunges – I put my leg on the bath tub then proceed to do 15 stationary lunges on each leg. (tip – If you can’t see your toes then your foot is to close, push it out).

Then spit and rinse your mouth! Your toothbrush workout is over, and it should take you about 2 minutes!!!

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