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Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

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It's that time of year again, and people across the country are beginning to think optimistically about ways to get healthy in 2008. Once the New Year begins, millions of Americans make -- and break -- a host of resolutions that range from getting a new job to quitting smoking -- yet many resolutions are broken within weeks.

One of the most popular New Year's resolutions, losing weight or getting healthy, has its own special set of challenges. Procrastination, family obligations, work demands, lack of time and energy are just a few culprits that can stop the best health resolutions in their tracks. For the New Year, Tyson and Denise Austin have teamed up and created simple tips to allow for a healthier lifestyle without having to completely change your life, including:

Mix it up. Don't get stuck in the pattern of eating high-calorie, low-nutrition foods due to lack of time -- with fully cooked chicken or steak strips from Tyson that are recipe ready, you can quickly whip up a home cooked meal that is both tasty and good for you. Try tossing chicken strips on a salad, making a tasty pasta dish, or stuffing a pita for a high-protein lunch or dinner.

Curb snacking. Put a curfew on your kitchen and close it down at 8:00 p.m. to keep temptation at bay. Also, try brushing your teeth after dinner to mentally cut off eating plans for the evening.

Make it convenient. You don't need to hit the gym every day to be healthy, but you do need to fit in your activity time -- so be creative! Make walking dates with friends so you can catch up while getting fit. If you have a desk job, create reasons to get out of your chair throughout the day, such as walking to a colleague's desk instead of calling or using a printer located furthest from where you sit.

Get in a routine. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, giving yourself eight hours of sleep for maximum energy. Also, numerous studies show that skipping meals leads to overeating and weight gain, so be sure to start your day with a healthy breakfast.

Tyson and Denise Austin understand that along with incorporating these simple tips in your everyday routine, it's also important to educate busy moms, on-the-go families and career women about how to eat right and make healthy food choices. Tyson® recipe-ready, healthy chicken strips are a convenient option, because they can be used in fresh, home-cooked meals with minimum time and mess. Next time you are pressed for time, try this delicious recipe from Tyson and Denise Austin that takes just five minutes to prepare!

Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta     

Recipe Summary
Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

8 oz. uncooked linguine
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 (7.5 oz.) packages Tyson Grilled Chicken Breast Strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup bottled roasted red pepper, cut into bit-size pieces
1/3 cup thin strips oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons thinned strips fresh basil
2 medium green onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions
Prepare linguine according to package directions: drain and set aside

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and garlic: cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Stir in 3 tablespoons water or chicken broth.

Place chicken, hot pasta, and remaining ingredients, except for Parmesan cheese, with cooked pasta. Over low heat, toss to mix. Add Parmesan cheese; toss to mix. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts
Calories: 419
Total Fat: 9g
Protein: 32g
Carbohydrate: 50g
Cholesterol: 78mg
Sodium: 869mg

Click here to watch a video of Denise Austin preparing Southwestern Chicken Salad with Tyson Recipe-Ready Chicken.

With Tyson and Denise Austin, you can learn how easy it is to make small changes that add up in a big way to help meet your New Year's health resolution to become a healthier new you. To learn more about healthy living and for tips and for healthy, easy and quick recipes, please visit http://www.tyson.com.

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