Dining anywhere but home is often the quickest route to a healthy lifestyle change slip-up. Reports show eating home-cooked meals reduces the consumption of sugar and processed foods and can potentially result in a longer life. While there are plenty of clean eating spots that cater to your dietary needs, endless rows of Dunkin Donuts and Chick-Fil-A can leave you restarting that 30-day cleanse again after only 24 hours. And let’s be honest, saving money is also one of the most beneficial side effects of eating in.
To chow down on all the benefits of doing your best Chrissy Teigen impression in the kitchen, including curbing unwanted calories and getting a few extra moments to yourself each day, whip up a simple meal like Delish’s Lemon Butter Chicken Pasta.
From prep to plate, this dish takes about 30 minutes (possibly the length of your favorite EP), and what’s great is that you can remix its recipe to fit your needs. If butter and cheese are on your no-go list, skip ’em or substitute them for taste. Here’s everything you’ll need:
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
Freshly ground black pepper
12 oz. angel hair
1/4 c. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
1/3 c. freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 4 lemons)
1 lemon, thinly sliced into half moons
Zest of 1 lemon
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
3 c. baby spinach
1/4 c. Parmesan
It’s probably best to go light on the salt and heavy on the spinach, but again, this pasta is easily adjustable for your diet. Don’t forget to make enough for next day’s lunch, though. It’s your best bet to keep you from accepting your coworkers’ invite for pizza.