Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad {plus a HUGE giveaway!}

A healthier way to make the classic caesar salad!  Fresh romaine tossed with chicken, cherry tomatoes, shredded parmesan cheese, croutons and a vegetable pasta adds a fun new texture!

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Did you make resolutions for the New Year?  I got a head start on my goal of eating better and losing the last few pounds of baby weight.  I was tired of eating all of the holiday treats and I wanted to feel better about myself.  It was tough giving up some of the Christmas treats but getting results has definitely been worth it.  Making a goal to eat better doesn’t mean that you have to eat salads all of the time and drink water.  It should be a lifestyle change.  Something that is achievable and isn’t too hard and lofty.  A huge portion of our population takes on over-reaching and generally unachievable goals.  Did you know that 90% of people give up their resolutions well before the year has started?

I am working with Kroger this month and with the help of Kroger® Brand products, you can achieve your healthier eating goals by making it simple and attainable to reach them.   Instead of making eating goals that are too hard to achieve, you can simply swap out a product with something that is better for you.  By doing this you can create little victories and achieve your better eating goals throughout the year!

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MY OTHER RECIPES

This month I have already been posting recipes like this Skinny Texas Sheet Cake or Baked Cream Cheese Taquitos  that I have made swaps for healthier ingredients.  It is so easy and cuts the calories down significantly!  And you don’t have to compromise on taste either.   Ground Turkey meat, applesauce, greek yogurt, whole wheat flour, quinoa, and wheat pasta, are just a few examples of some swaps that can be made in every day recipes.

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Chicken Caesar Salads are my all time favorite.  They are just full of such great flavor and I especially love the dressing.  I wanted to create a salad that I could still eat while I was trying to eat healthier by making simple swaps and creating little victories for myself.

The Kroger® Vegetable Rotini was the star of the salad!  By making that simple swap, I now had a pasta that was enriched with vegetables!  It added such amazing texture to this salad and made it so delicious with the added romaine.  Since my kids aren’t big on eating salads but love pasta, I was able to sneak in both the vegetable pasta and the romaine lettuce!  It turned an ordinary caesar salad into a hearty and delicious salad.  
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By making simple swaps for this salad like lite caesar salad dressing, a blend of whole wheat croutons, and adding vegetable pasta, I had now created a delicious salad that wasn’t compromised on taste or flavor.

I love Kroger® products and shop at my local Smith’s down the street.  With Kroger products you are getting quality foods and saving money.  They are such a great brand and I stand behind them 100%.  They have been so generous to provide you with a HUGE giveaway and one lucky winner will win:

$1000 Kroger Gift Card
$500 in kitchen products, including
*$250 KitchenAid Mixer
*$50 Magic Bullet
*$200 in cookware (pots & pans, etc)

and 2 runner ups will each win a $500 Kroger Gift Card!  Woot woot!  Just enter through the rafflecopter below!

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Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
 
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A healthier way to make the classic caesar salad! Fresh romaine tossed with chicken, cherry tomatoes, shredded parmesan cheese, croutons and a vegetable pasta adds a fun new texture!
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Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 oz) Bag Kroger® Leafy Romaine
  • 1 (12 oz) Kroger® Vegetable Rotini Pasta
  • 2 cups chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Kroger® Shredded Parmesan
  • 1 cup Kroger® lite creamy caesar dressing
  • 1 cup whole wheat blend croutons (or any will work)
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse in cold water. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add Romaine lettuce, pasta, chicken, cherry tomatoes, shredded parmesan, caesar dressing and croutons. Toss until all ingredients are coated well in the dressing. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

I am working with Kroger on this Little Victories campaign, and this post has been sponsored. I’m so glad to be able to work with companies and organizations that I support 100%. Thank you for supporting them, too.

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