Chicken AGAIN?

Chicken is low-fat, inexpensive, and versatile. But it can also be boring and unimaginative. At K2.0, we often come through the back door when planning chicken on the menu. We look for a great vegetarian dish, and add some grilled chicken for the win.

Case in point: This spring vegetable pasta dish (adapted from an recipe) we enjoyed on Thursday. Whole wheat linguini, spinach, artichoke hearts, and fresh peas in a light lemon sauce. We added a few grilled chicken tenderloins on top, and grated a little fresh parm on top. Fantastic, and SO easy! It’s a one pot wonder!

Lemony Linguine with Spring Vegetables

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 17 minutes
1 minute
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 284kcal
Author:, with changes made by K2.0
This one pot recipe can be prepared for a crowd or provide dinner for just two, with minimal effort and prep.
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  • 8 ounces whole wheat linguine
  • 4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 3 cups water
  • 9 ounces artichoke hearts fresh, or frozen
  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups peas fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsp Parmesan cheese grated, and divided
  • 1/4 cup almond milk creamer
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 18 ounces chicken tenderloin plain, grilled


  • Combine pasta, water, garlic and pepper in a large pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, uncovered, stirring frequently, for 8 minutes.
  • While the pasta cooks, grill plain chicken tenderloins on outdoor grill or in grill pan for 3 minutes a side or until internal temperature reaches 165º.
  • Add artichokes, spinach and peas to the pasta pot, and cook, still boiling, uncovered, until the pasta is tender and the water has almost evaporated. (2-3 minutes, or more, depending on the pace of the boil.)
  • Remove from heat and stir in 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese, the almond milk creamer, lemon zest and fresh lemon juice.
  • Let stand for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with 3 grilled chicken tenderloins on each plate, and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.


In place of chicken, substitute grilled shrimp, sliced turkey, tofu, or sautéed scallops.


Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 669mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3647IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 3mg

When you are searching for a main meal recipe, go through the back door, and search up a vegetarian recipe that you can top with your favorite protein. Or, enjoy it as is!

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