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WHOLE-WHEAT PASTA WITH CHICKEN, ZUCCHINI AND YELLOW SQUASH

Whole-Wheat Pasta
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This recipe is ready in minutes, and it can be made out of leftovers. Just add fresh zucchini and yellow squash for a wonderful dinner. People with diabetes can enjoy this delicious combination of pasta veggies and chicken without experiencing high blood sugar peaks as all the ingredients in this recipe have a low glycemic index.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves, divided
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp plus 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb. chicken breast, cooked
  • 2 cups small whole-wheat pasta
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1 medium yellow squash

Directions

  1. Combine ¼ cup basil, tomato sauce, 2 tsp olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne in a medium bowl. Stir in chicken; let stand for at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pan of boiling water until just tender, according to package directions. Drain; do not rinse.
  3. Quarter zucchini and yellow squash lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the chicken mixture along with the squash. Cook, stirring, until the chicken is warm, 5 to 7 minutes.
  4. Stir in the pasta and heat, stirring, until piping hot, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup basil and season with pepper. Serve right away.

Did you know?

Whole-wheat pasta is a great option for people with diabetes as its glycemic index is lower than the one of regular pasta. This translates into fewer peaks in blood sugar!

Servings: 4

One serving = about 1 ¼ cup

Nutritional Facts

Calories: 310  Protein: 28g  Fiber: 7g  Sugars: 7g  Fat: 6g

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