Weight Watchers Chicken, Penne, and Asparagus Salad

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We know it is not possible to actually be able to eat a rainbow, but you can get close to it in terms of having a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet that consists of all different colors. It is essential to understand that a healthy diet always includes fruit and vegetables since they are not only low in calories but have lots of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are great for us.

Weight Watchers Chicken, Penne, and Asparagus Salad

Weight Watchers Chicken, Penne, and Asparagus  Salad

Ingredients

  • ½ pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2 × ½-inch strips
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning for poultry and meat
  • ¼ (1-pound) box penne pasta (about 1 ? cups)
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut diagonally into thirds
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped fresh basil
  • ¼ cup (1 ounce) grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning. Spray a large nonstick skillet with nonstick spray and set over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning occasionally, until browned on the outside and cooked through, about 8 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions omitting the salt, if desired. Using a small strainer or slotted spoon, transfer the pasta (reserving the water in the pot) to a colander. Rinse the pasta under cold running water; drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add the asparagus to the same pot of boiling water and cook until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Rinse under cold running water to stop the cooking; drain and add to pasta. Add the chicken, tomatoes, basil, cheese, garlic, oil, and salt; toss well to coat. Serve at once.

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