I always keep a bag of tortellini in the freeze for those...I need something quick times. Before Thrive Life and freeze dried foods, it meant that my bag of tortellini went into some boiling water or broth or spaghetti sauce and called it done for the day.
With Thrive Life freeze dried foods we're able to jazz it up with minimal effort and no extra cooking time.
Example...I would never add chicken to anything because I would have to wash and chop it up. If it was frozen, that was a whole different ballgame. Now I can just scoop out what I need and BAM - I've got chicken added to my meal and ZERO mess.
Just because this recipe has chicken and spinach, it is by no means top on the healthy scale. Why? Because it has cheese and lots of it. Cheese, glorious cheese!
What I love about this recipe?
Toss it all in a pan and cook for 10-15 minutes and you're done!
One pan meals are truly the best!!
I do want to mention that if you're purchasing Thrive Life foods, it's best to set up a Delivery order. Why? Because you save money and you can take advantage of the monthly specials that are for Delivery customers only. You can skip a month, or two or five, change your order monthly or even cancel your Delivery but it really is best to purchase that way since you save money. Who doesn't like to save money, right?
Creamy Chicken & Spinach Tortellini One Pan Recipe
- 8-12 oz cheese tortellini, frozen
- 1 c. Thrive chopped chicken
- 1/8 c. Thrive tomato sauce or tomato powder (Thrive no longer sells it, so I buy this)
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 1/4 c. Thrive mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 c. Thrive parmesan cheese
- 3/4 c. Thrive spinach
- 1 1/4 c. milk of your choice
- 1/2 c. water
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
Toss everything into a pan, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Milk - If you use skim milk, you may need a little less. I used almond milk and used 1 1/4 cups and it worked fine.
Water - If you prefer to use more milk than water, do it. You can skip the water completely if you'd like. Always be mindful when cooking that you have enough liquid to refresh (rehydrate) the Thrive foods.
Tomato powder - Thrive Life recently discontinued the love of my life...tomato powder. I used it because it has a super low sodium amount. The tomato sauce does have spices and some sugar in it. If you prefer to stay away from sugar and spices, go with the tomato powder.
Tortellini - We buy the family size bag and make 3 servings out of it. It ends up about 30-40 tortellini's per batch and that's plenty for this recipe. You can also choose to use refrigerated tortellini.
We can't wait for you to try this and let us know how you liked it. We used the chopped chicken from Thrive Life but you can choose to use the seasoned chicken slices if you'd like larger pieces of chicken. The chopped chicken is in small pieces but doesn't contain any seasoning or salt. If you are on a low sodium diet, you will want to go with the chopped chicken all the time.
Of course you can top this with more cheese!
Lisa and Rich Jelinek