Our Tomato Basil Pasta with Chicken Meatballs takes its inspiration from classic Italian flavors and packs in 32g of whole grains, along with a full serving of vegetables. It features a sweet tomato basil sauce, which includes vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped kale, garlic, onions, and a variety of traditional Italian seasonings, served over whole wheat penne pasta. We top it with chicken meatballs made from chicken raised without antibiotics and finish it with a delicious blend of parmesan and mozzarella cheese. To find out exactly how you can power your day with our Tomato Basil Pasta, keep reading!
Like all of our Performance Kitchen meals, this dish is cooked in avocado oil and follows the principles of the renowned Mediterranean diet. Eating the Mediterranean way isn’t a restrictive diet. Rather, it means more whole grains, plenty of vegetables, healthy sources of fat with Omega-3 fatty acids, quality protein, and the inclusion of seeds, legumes, herbs, and spices.
Whole Wheat Penne
Our penne pasta is made from durum whole grain semolina, which has a slightly nutty flavor and helps with getting your daily whole grain intake. The wheat in traditional refined pasta has had the wheat bran and wheat germ removed, taking many of its important nutrients along with it. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this process strips away “more than half of wheat’s B vitamins, 90 percent of the vitamin E, and virtually all of the fiber.” Whole wheat penne has its fiber intact, it’s slower to digest, and it won’t spike your blood sugar like regular pasta. Ultimately, it’ll keep you feeling fuller, longer, so you can focus on doing whatever you need to do to conquer your day.
Our popular chicken meatballs are a delicious alternative to beef, which the Mediterranean diet recommends consuming in moderation. A third of the protein in these meatballs comes from black bean flour, and assorted vegetables like red bell peppers, spinach, and carrots. Overusing antibiotics is linked to the rise of antibiotic-resistant illness, which is why we use only antibiotic-free chicken. A bit of ground flaxseed provides omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.
Every Performance Kitchen bowl offers at least a full serving of vegetables, and our Tomato Basil Pasta is no exception. Technically, tomatoes are a fruit, not a vegetable, but for purposes of this post, we’re categorizing them as a veggie….