Friday, April 4, 2014

Show Us Your Life- Favourite Healthy (Pasta) Dinner Recipe

I love the SUYL link ups that sweet Kelly from Kelly's Korner hosts and jump at the chance to join the party whenever I can. This week is right up my alley as it's all about recipes and what's more- healthy recipes! Can't wait to see what the others have posted.

** Sidenote, (April 11th) also posting this for the pasta SUYL as it's also my favourite pasta recipe.

Now that summer is upon us, it's the time of the year I whip out my sesame chicken cilantro  pasta. I started to make this the summer after we first got married. It was a lazy Sunday and I had chicken in the fridge, cilantro and green onions. I googled those three ingredients thinking some sort of chicken salad would pop up but instead this pasta did. Cue the heavenly music- I knew I had a winner!  I  was so excited to make this that I ended up  going to the grocery to pick up a few ingredients anyways.

Now I make it all the time. D and I  can have this weekly. The kids have begun to love it as well. Guests we have also love it and it's a quick and easy meal to put together when there's so much stuff to do in the summer!

Here is it- Taken from All Recipes but adapted by me :-)



  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, and cook stirring frequently until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and set aside.
  2. Put cooked pasta into a large bowl.
  3. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper. Shake well.
  4. Pour sesame dressing over pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro, and green onions.

Here are some other alterations I use as well.

- Catelli Smart Pasta for a healthy, more fibre filled meal
- I often cut the oil down to 1/3 up or add 1/4 pack of pasta again- that way we have more left overs for the day after
- I usually steam my chicken before shredding it- that way it absorbs the dressing even more
- I usually add about a cup of chopped sweet peppers as well. You can also add chopped celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms etc based on your preference. Maybe I'll do that this year!
- I haven't tried it but I think steamed shrimp would work really well also.

This meal tastes even better the day after and it can be served either hot or cold. Enjoy!!!

Photo courtesy All Recipes

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sarita,

    This pasta looks delicious! I can't wait to make it. Thank you for sharing. oxox, Amanda


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