Slow-Cooker Chicken and Pasta Soup

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Serves 4

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Ingredients:

  • carrots, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 long strips lemon zest
  • 4 sprigs fresh dill, plus 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts (1 1/2 to 2 pounds)
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup small pasta, such as pastina
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/2 bunch fresh spinach, stemmed
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 ounces feta cheese
  • Lemon wedges and crusty bread, for serving (optional)
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Directions:
  1. Combine the carrots, lemon zest, dill sprigs, olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Season the chicken with salt and add to the cooker. Add the broth and 4 cups water, cover and cook on low, about 8 hours
  2. About 20 minutes before serving, add the pasta to the slow cooker, cover and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Stir the chopped dill, peas and spinach into the soup and cover until the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. Stir to break up the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls and crumble the feta on top. Serve with lemon and bread, if desired.

Per serving: Calories 609; Fat 15 g (Saturated 4 g); Cholesterol 109 mg; Sodium 967 mg; Carbohydrate 60 g; Fiber 7 g; Protein 61 g

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Chicken Sorrento

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Serves 4

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Ingredients:

  • tablespoon vegetable oil 
  • pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves 
  • jar (24 ounces) Prego® Veggie Smart® Chunky & Savory Italian Sauce 
  • tablespoons balsamic vinegar 
  • tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves 
  • cups penne pasta, cooked and drained (about 4 1/2 cups) 
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 
Directions:
  1. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides.  Remove the chicken from the skillet. 
  2. Stir the sauce and vinegar in the skillet and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often.  Stir in the basil.  Return the chicken to the skillet.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Slice the chicken.  Serve the chicken and sauce over the penne.  Sprinkle with the cheese.

Cream Cheese Penguins

  • 18 jumbo black olives, pitted
  • 18 small black olives
  • 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 carrot

Directions

  1. Cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese into each olive. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece and press into center of small olive to form the beak. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.
  2. Set a big olive, large hole side down, onto a carrot slice. Then, set a small olive onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the carrot slice line up. Secure with a toothpick.

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