Not Your Mama's Chicken Alfredo

Well, I am back on Medifast again. Yeah, I know... I sound like a broken record, but I just can't give up now. I am tired of being over weight and I want all this weight gone... gone I say! Too bad words doesn't make the pounds go away :) But hard work and determination does!

Why does losing weight have to be so HARD, especially when you love food as much as I do and have been a night time binge eater for as long as I can remember? I am not even thinking about how difficult maintaining weight will be! I have to say that no matter how hard I know it will be reaching my goal weight, I am ready now. I think that is all that matters in the end. If you aren't ready to lose weight, you aren't going to. Simple as that.

I did try Weight Watchers meetings for a little bit, but I missed the simplicity and structure of the Medifast program. I am sure WW works, because I have lost weight in the past from that program, but at this point in my life, Medifast is what I think will work for me. I really don't want to have to tell you guys I quit again because I want to be that inspirational person that helps motivate you no matter what weight loss plan you on. I don't want to be known solely as Sandy's Kitchen with some healthy recipes, although that does sound nice too :). I want to be known as Sandy who lost 70 pounds! Now that is what I am talking about! You guys help me get motivated and I want to be able to return the favor... so thank you for all your wonderful comments, messages, and support you guys give me on face book! You guys are awesome and I am happy to be on this weight loss journey with you guys!

Where do I stand now?

I started at 196 pounds.

Right now I am 182.0 pounds so I am making progress. 14 pounds down and this girl is excited! Sunday is my weigh in day so I will keep you posted on how I am doing.

Now for the recipe...

I call this Not Your Mama's Alfredo Sauce for a reason. This recipe doesn't have all the cream, butter, flour and other unhealthy ingredients that a traditional Alfredo recipe might have. It actually has only a few ingredients, but with those few ingredients, it packs a ton of flavor.

What I like most about this sauce is that it is smooth, thick and creamy. It really sticks to the squash noodles and chicken. No watery sauce for me!

I used my Ninja to blend the ingredients together but you can use any small blender you like. You just want to blend until all the ingredients have a smooth texture, resembling sauce. I added cottage cheese, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, unsweetened almond milk and black pepper. That's it! You are done! Easy peasy!

The sauce is actually a great source of protein because of the cottage cheese and it doesn't have a lot of fat! It is right up my alley!

 You can kind of see the thickness in this photo. Feel free to add a little more almond milk if you don't want the sauce as thick.

Slap on that sauce!

I chose to serve the sauce on spiraled yellow squash and zucchini so that it resembled pasta. My favorite spiralizer is Paderno which I got from Amazon. Right now it is running about $35 with free shipping, but the price is always changing so check it out. They are really simple to us. You just press the zucchini against the blade of the slicer and crank the handle. As you crank the handle, the spirals come out on the other side. The best part about this machine, is that you don't have to worry about your hand coming in contact with the blade while you are spiraling. Also, this machine will take out the core of the squash which has the seeds. The seeds prevent the noodles from holding together, so you want to make sure the core isn't included.

Another option is the Veggetti which is also on Amazon but I think you can find it in some of the big box stores such as Target and Bed Bath and Beyond. This runs around $13.

You can also use any julienne peeler you like and get great results. These are easy to find and run around $10 or less. If you use one of these peelers, you would pass the peeler down the side of the squash, lengthwise. When you approach the seeds, turn the zucchini and slice another side.

Any of these gadgets will give you the pasta look that you are aiming for.

Chicken Alfredo never looked so good! With added color from the squash, healthy nutrients from using veggies instead of pasta, and creamy sauce packed with protein... what more could I ask for in kick starting my weight loss?


Not Your Mama's Chicken Alfredo

4 oz grilled or baked chicken, sliced or diced (2/3 Lean)

For Alternative Pasta:
1 1/2 cups yellow squash and/or zucchini when cooked (3 Greens)
1 tsp olive oil (1 Healthy Fat)
1/4 tsp dried basil (1/2 Condiment)

Alfredo Sauce:
1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese (1/3 Lean)
1/2 tsp garlic powder (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp Kraft grated Parmesan cheese (1 Condiment)
1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk (1/16 Condiment)
Fresh ground pepper, if desired

Prepare your squash. You can peel your squash so that it resembles pasta or leave the peel on to add more color to the dish. I like to leave it on because the peel has extra fiber that can regulate your digestive system. Cut the ends off and discard. Next decide which gadget you want to use to make your noodles. Measure out 1 1/2 cups.

Add 1 tsp olive oil to a medium skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Add spiraled squash to the oil and cook until squash gets tender for about 3 minutes. Add basil and any other additional seasonings such as salt, pepper, or garlic powder if desired. Put on a plate and set aside.

To make Alfredo sauce, combine cottage cheese, garlic powder, Parmesan cheese, almond milk and pepper in a small blender until mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a microwave safe dish and heat until warm (about 45 sec to 1 min), stopping the microwave every 15 seconds to stir. Make sure the cottage cheese doesn't get too hot because cottage cheese and heat do not mix well. It will start to separate, get stringy, and watery. Once it was mixed with the squash and chicken, I had no problems with it when re-heating.

Place cooked diced chicken over squash noodles and then pour warm sauce on top. Enjoy!

1 Serving with 1 Lean, 3 Greens, 2.5 Condiments, and 1 Healthy Fat

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