Eating healthy doesn’t have to mean only salads and steamed veggies….casseroles can be a part of the menu as well, and this chicken parm casserole is a skinny but delicious dinner that everyone is sure to love.
I have made several chicken parmesans over the years, it is The Hubby’s favorite but most have been loaded with tons of calories & fat making them not very figure friendly. So as we continue this healthier lifestyle one of the first dishes I wanted to recreate was chicken parm, but in a new way that The Hubby would love but without the guilt.
Casserole’s have always been a favorite for The Hubby and I both but they can also be filled with extra fat and calories so to make this a skinny version I started with the pasta. I used whole wheat pasta but you could use a gluten free pasta or a quinoa pasta (I like this option that you can get on amazon at http://amzn.to/1SoVy9D) for an even better option. To make this super easy I used canned sauces with some added flavor & rotisserie chicken which makes it perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Then topped with a little cheese you get a chicken parm casserole that is sure to be a hit.
The Hubby always wants his chicken parm paired with fettuccine alfredo so for this casserole I added in some reduced fat alfredo sauce along with the pasta sauce to bring them both together into one bite, but if you are not a fan of jarred alfredo feel free to replace it with additional pasta sauce…either way will be great.
If you wanted you could make this super simple homemade pasta sauce and use some of it for this casserole and then save some for another dinner later in the week, but sometimes it is nice to just use the jar version….I won’t tell anyone…I promise.
Break out the casserole dish while still enjoying a healthier lifestyle without losing any flavor…trust me this will be a favorite with everyone. The Hubby has already asked me to make it again.
Happy (half) Baked Life – MJ