Freshen Up Your Dinner Routine With This Recipe for Chicken and Vegetables with Ricotta
Clean eating doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need to cook intricate dishes with fancy ingredients, you don’t need to spend hours on end in the kitchen, and you definitely don’t have to settle for bland, boring meals. This simple recipe for Chicken and Vegetables with Ricotta is proof of that.
Packed with flavor and color, this recipe is bound to become a new meal prep staple, for either lunch or dinner. In fact, it’s a favorite of Andrea Rogers, creator of Xtend Barre! You can find it featured the full Xtend Barre meal prep plan here.
What makes it so great? To start, it showcases the bright citrus flavor of lemon and a creamy richness of fresh ricotta. Add that to lean chick breast and a medley of veggies like zucchini, squash, and asparagus, and you’ve got yourself a winning meal. To really round out the nutrition profile, Andrea likes to add a side of watermelon for serving of fruit, which makes for a nice sweet treat at the end of the meal.
If it’s not summer and you’re worried about finding the seasonal summer produce — don’t worry. This recipe can be adjusted for any season by roasting up whatever local fresh vegetables you can get your hands on. For example, you could swap in cauliflower or pumpkin in the fall, and any number of winter squash varieties during the colder months.
To personalize it even more, you can put your own touch on this recipe by adding your favorite spices to the vegetables. And the same goes for the chicken — just check out some of our favorite spices and seasonings for a chicken meal prep. Better yet, if you have some extra time to spare, try marinating the chicken overnight.
However you spin it, this recipe is easy to put together in thirty minutes or less on meal prep day. Get the full details below!
Chicken and Vegetables with Ricotta and Lemon
Cook chicken in oil until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season if desired.
Stir in zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus, and leeks and cook until tender crisp, about 5 minutes. Season if desired. Remove from heat.
Serve chicken topped with ricotta and lemon zest.
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Photography by Anguel Dimov, AB Creative