Dinner: Cajun Chicken Pasta

I was on the hunt for something new to eat for dinner and after searching the Skinny Taste website I decided to try the Cajun Chicken Pasta because I was in the mood for chicken and since I hadn’t had pasta in a long while it sounded perfect.  I went to the market and picked up the few essentials I’d need to make the meal and back home I went to cook up a fabulous meal.  And I can say this is ABSOLUTELY fabulous!  I did make a double batch of the recipe (which was a mistake because my boyfriend wouldn’t eat any because it was a “white sauce”) so I ended up giving some away and eating it for lunch and dinner for days on end.
I followed the recipe but ended up adding extra Cajun seasoning and a little black pepper, but other than that the recipe was word-for-word.  The one thing I will say is I let my pasta sit in the pan I combined it all in for about 30 minutes and the sauce (at first it was swimming in liquid) soaked up into the dish.  This is a recipe I highly recommend … it taste as though it would be HIGHLY unhealthy for you, but it really was anything but.
If you want the recipe, check the Skinny Taste website if you think this is something that you’d enjoy:  http://www.skinnytaste.com/2012/02/cajun-chicken-pasta-on-lighter-side.html
Have you tried any of the Skinny Taste recipes?  If so, what’s your favorite so far?

Dessert: Pumpkin Pie Dip

This is one of the desserts I made for Thanksgiving this year.  I love pumpkin pie, but pumpkin pie is bogged down with a lot of unnecessary sugars.  So to have something pumpkin and to not have to deal with the points (Weight Watchers) I decided to make something that was light and a dip rather than a pie that could turn into a trigger food.

I found this recipe on Skinnytaste.com and thought it sounded so good. I had all the ingredients in my cabinet, except I did not have the fat free Greek yogurt so I picked that up on my trip to the store and off and running I went.

I will say I would serve this with graham cracker squares or cinnamon squares.  I know apples is a healthy way but the sweetness of the apple makes the dip almost ungodly sweet.  You are putting brown sugar in the dip so it increases the sweetness in it anyway – but the apple slices, in my opinion, put it over the top.  Perhaps if you do want apples I would suggest something tart, like a Granny Smith.  Nonetheless it was a pretty yummy dip.

If you want to try this recipe for yourself, you can find it here: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/11/pumpkin-pie-dip.html