Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday Tastings: Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage Pasta with Brussel Sprouts

As far as what comes out of my kitchen goes…I try to keep everything VERY healthy. I was lucky to be raised in a health conscious household where my mom made healthy, homemade, low calorie meals every night. I strongly believe in a balanced diet and regular exercise to stay fit…skip the fad diets, magic pills and shakes that promise to make you lose the pounds. Staying fit and healthy is a lifestyle, not a fad. 

Come on ladies! I promise putting a healthy balanced meal on the table isn’t difficult. I plan on posting at least one recipe a week and you can count on it being a guilt-free one at that! ;)

I recently purchased some Sun dried Tomato Chicken sausage from Trader Joes (only 100 calories per link!!!), and was inspired to use them in a pasta dish. A mixture of whole wheat penne pasta, sun dried tomatoes, roasted brussel sprouts and lean chicken sausage? You really can’t go wrong, it’s the perfect comfort food you don’t need to feel guilty for eating!

2 Trader Joes chicken sausage links
2C of roasted brussle sprouts (as many as you would like, I used about 12)
 **to roast brussle sprouts: halve each sprout, toss in 1T of EVOO and sprinkle with salt and
    pepper, spread out evenly on cookie sheet and roast at 400 degrees for about 15min**
2C cooked whole wheat pasta
2T olive oil
1T Balsamic Vinegar
1T minced garlic
1 pinch of sea salt (more or less to taste)
2 pinches of black pepper (more or less to taste)
1t crushed red pepper flakes
1/2C sun dried tomatoes (drained)
A sprinkle of Fresh Parmesan cheese

 1. Whisk together Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes and set aside.

2.Chop chicken sausage and sauté until cooked and lightly brown. Add your chopped and drained sundried tomatoes to pan.

3. Add sauce mixture, sauté for 5 minutes and finally add cooked pasta and brussel sprouts to the pan and combine.

Top with a sprinkle of fresh parmesan and….
Voila! Dinner is served!

Enjoy ladies!
What are some of your favorite ways to serve halthy pasta dishes?

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