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Protein Packed Pasta Recipes – GRILLED CHICKEN PASTA SALAD WITH CHILI MAYO

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Below is the fourth in our 5-part series on Protein Packed Pasta Recipes.  I found 5 protein-packed recipes from Men’s Health to help you add a little variety to your dinner table, while still eating healthy.  Have you tested any of the recipes yet?  Please share your thoughts!

Watch our blog over the next several weeks for all 5 recipes.  Please note, the recipes are SINGLE SERVING.  I left them that way, rather than converting them to 2-4 servings so that you can adapt them to fit your own mealtime needs.  But don’t forget to double, triple, etc. the ingredients when you are at the store, or you will come up short at dinnertime!

If you don’t like the taste of whole-wheat pasta, or can’t digest it well, you can substitute quinoa or rice pasta into these recipes. The nutritional difference is minimal and they’re prepared the same way.

GRILLED CHICKEN PASTA SALAD WITH CHILI MAYO
MAKES: 1 SERVING

INGREDIENTS
¼ cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 tsp chili garlic sauce, or to taste
6 oz lean grilled chicken breast, cut into strips
1 cup cooked (2 oz dry) whole-wheat rotini pasta
1 cup spinach, chopped
½ cup yellow or red cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
¼ cup roasted red peppers, cut into strips (drained, if jarred)
8 fresh basil leaves, slivered

DIRECTIONS
1) Mix the mayo and chili sauce until well combined.
2) Add the chicken, rotini, spinach, tomatoes, red peppers, and basil to a salad bowl. Toss with the mayo. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

NUTRITION
525 calories, 48g protein, 62g carbs, 10g fat

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