Recently, the SoonerFit crew joined Chefs Matthew Pryor, Hillary Hinds and David Spruill at the Francis Tuttle Demonstration Kitchen for "Chopped: SoonerFit Edition."
Each chef was given 30 minutes to create a delicious, healthy dinner made from ingredients purchased on a grocery store budget of $20.
Below are the healthy dinners:
Lemon Chicken Pasta
Ingredients1 box whole wheat penne pasta (or substitute your favorite whole wheat pasta shape)1 grilled chicken breast, diced1/4 cup diced white onion1/4 cup fresh diced tomatoesJuice of 5 lemons1/4 cup olive oil1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheeseSaltPepper
Prepare pasta as directed on the package. Drain pasta and place in a bowl.
In a small bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Combine chicken, onion and tomatoes and add to pasta. Pour lemon juice mixture over the top and toss to combine.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese just before serving.
Balsamic Chicken with Sauteed Potatoes and Pasta
Ingredients2 chicken breasts1/2 cup diced potatoes1/2 cup diced white onion, divided1/4 cup diced bell pepper2 tablespoons olive oil1 teaspoon butter2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar1/2 bag whole wheat penne pasta (or substitute any whole wheat pasta)1/2 cup prepared spaghetti sauce2 cloves garlic, mincedFresh basilSaltPepper
For the potatoes:
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add in potatoes and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in bell peppers and 1/4 cup of the onion and continue cooking until onion is translucent and potatoes are crisp (about 5 minutes).
For the chicken:
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook until nearly done, about 7 minutes. Add in garlic and remaining 1/4 cup onion and cook just until onion is translucent.
Add in balsamic vinegar, let saute for 1 minute. Add in butter and saute for another minute.
Remove chicken from pan to serve.
For the pasta:
Prepare pasta according to directions on package. Drain.
Heat pasta sauce according to directions on package. Tear 2-3 basil leaves and place into pasta sauce while cooking.
When heated through, pour over drained pasta and serve.