[Posted by Crabby]
Welcome to our the first post in what will hopefully be a regular feature of Cranky Fitness: Reader Recipes! This is part of our ongoing efforts to
(And speaking of doing our work for us... does anyone know how to make the recipe card above say "Cranky Fitness Recipes" without purchasing software or ripping our hair out trying to use Paint??)
So this first recipe was submitted by Debbi, who blogs over at Knit. Run. Repeat. It looks both tasty and mighty darn healthy. Enjoy!
1/2 lb. whole wheat pasta – penne or farfelle
1 cup frozen edamame (shelled)
1/2 lb. chicken sausages, sliced (I love Sam's Club's version)
1/2 cup celery, sliced
1 white or yellow onion, cut in half and then quartered (eight wedges)
1 red or yellow pepper, cut in half-inch pieces
1/2 cup broccoli florets
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 to 2 Tbsp. pesto sauce
1/4 cup grated fresh parmesan
Cook pasta in boiling water according to package directions. Add edamame toward end of cooking time.
While pasta is cooking, spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Saute chicken sausage for two or three minutes, then add celery and onions. Cook until onion is almost translucent. Add peppers and broccoli for a couple of minutes and then toss in the mushrooms. You don't want any of the vegetables to be overcooked.
Drain pasta, but don't rinse with cold water. Transfer pasta to large shallow serving bowl and toss with pesto sauce until pasta is well-coated. Add vegetables and chicken and mix well. Top with parmesan and serve. Delish!
You can vary the vegetables according to your taste, and this also works well with an added half-cup of kidney beans and a handful of pine nuts, if you can afford the extra calories.
Crabby says, Thanks Debbi, this looks great!
And to other readers who actually know how to cook healthy meals-- please consider sharing your recipes with us, we really appreciate it!