Zone-Out Spinach Pasta
by Heather Gibbons
The block count for this recipe depends on who you believe regarding the block count of spinach. I've used the Zone Block book for the stats.
2 2/3 oz. soft goat cheese
4 tablespoons reduced-fat cream cheese
5 cups spinach, chopped (divided into 2 cups and 3 cups)
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 1/3 cup chopped Roma tomato
8 oz. chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
5 oz. whole wheat pasta
2-3 tablespoons chicken stock
3 cloves garlic
Blend the goat cheese, cream cheese, 2 cups of spinach, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor and set aside.
Saute chicken pieces in chicken stock until cooked through. Add spinach and salt and pepper to taste. Cook just until spinach wilts.
Quickly toss in tomatoes, stir, and then remove from heat. Drain pasta and reserve 2-3 tablespoons of the pasta water. Add to the chicken mixture and then stir in the cheese mixture. If the sauce is too thick, loosen it by stirring in some of the reserved pasta water.
This recipe has a total of 12 blocks protein, 12 blocks carb, 12 blocks fat, so you can divide it into three 4-block meals or four 3-block meals.