Easy Weeknight Chicken Pomodoro Zucchini Pasta + CourseHorse Giveaway

Chicken Pomdoro Zucchini Pasta Inspiralized.com

You’re probably asking yourself, “Why is she that excited about a bowl of zucchini noodles?”

Well, you’ll have to read this post and then watch the video to find out!

And for the record: zucchini noodles do bring a smile to my face, but not as hysterically as this picture depicts. Or at least, not yet!

Remember when I said that one of my New Year’s resolutions was to “foster my creativity?” Basically, I wanted to challenge myself to be more creative, take creative leaps of faith and put myself in environments where I’d be creatively challenged!

If I had it my way, I’d have a video for every single recipe I make. However, it’s expensive to hire someone to come and shoot videos, edit them and then, you’re constantly on someone else’s schedule. So, this was the perfect opportunity to challenge myself creatively!

Not to mention, I always have a vision of what I’d like a video to look like and it’s frankly frustrating not being able to execute that vision. Or is that just me? Call me an over-achiever, but I want to be involved in every single step when creating my brand!

Well, a couple of weekends ago, I dragged Lu to the Downtown Community-TV Center (DCTV) in TriBeCa (in Manhattan), which offers classes, workshops and rentals for videography.

Video & Recipe: Easy Weeknight Chicken Pomodoro Zucchini Pasta + Coursehorse Giveaway

Doesn’t he look thrilled?

I found the course online through CourseHorse, which is this amazing website which lets you search for classes in your city (only available in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles right now – but I think there are more coming soon) in basically anything!

I chose Videography, but I was eyeing some of the cooking courses, like an “Italian Vegetable Dishes” class and then, there were some great options for some Adobe programs (like Photoshop) which I’m always using and always saying, “I really need to take a course on this!”

The class at DCTv in TriBeCa was amazing – immensely helpful in learning the basics of DSLR videography. It was called “Video DSLR,” in case you live in the NYC area and are curious. It was a two-day intensive course.

Some of the students were serious documentary filmmakers, some were people like me who want to shoot videos for their YouTube channels and others wanted to boost their resume for future job applications. It ran the gamut!

Video & Recipe: Easy Weeknight Chicken Pomodoro Zucchini Pasta + Coursehorse Giveaway

The instructor, Josh Koury, was so friendly, helpful, and patient. He went through the fundamentals and outlined everything for a beginner. He talked about the big pictures first and then got into the nitty-gritty, which I thought was really beneficial.

Now, I wouldn’t say that we’re experts now. I wouldn’t say we give Steven Spielberg a run for his moeny. However, after this class, we’re fully educated on how to make a basic film.

So much, in fact, that we made a film this Sunday, I edited it and now, I’m sharing it with you all! Prior to making the video, we had to invest in some videography basics. If you’re curious about making your own videos, I’m happy to share that list with you – just leave a comment and I’ll build it into a future post!

We’re so proud of the video and I can’t wait for you to see it (keep scrolling!) However, there are some things we struggled with, such as:

  • Adjusting the aperture so that the focus was better
  • Adjusting the white balance (the lighting in my apartment is terrible, because we live across from at all blue building that casts a blue shade over everything) – I look orange in a lot of the shots. I promise I’m not orange.
  • Lighting in general – we didn’t use our purchased light kit, but we definitely will next time.
  • Styling the shot – I’ll probably move my giant Poland Spring water cooler and the beach chairs in my hallway before shooting the next video. Maybe I’ll even get some flowers!

We didn’t learn editing in that class, but I’m already looking into courses on CourseHorse on that. I did the editing in iMovie, which isn’t the most versatile or professional program (but it’s all I had and was comfortable working in!)

At the very least, it was a fun weekend for an engaged couple and it’s a skill that we both learned together. It was a blast making the video with Lu – we had to work together, be patient and be positive when giving criticism (which can be tough sometimes when you’re so comfortable with someone – it’s easier to just scream, ‘stop, you’re doing it wrong!’)

Most importantly, I fostered my creativity, learned something new and now, I can save money and use these skills to bring you exciting, new video content more often! This is the most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur – figuring out how to do everything from scratch. It’s exhilarating!

Now, without further ado, here’s the debut of our first Inspiralized video – constructive criticism and compliments welcome! I’d love to hear what you think! Also, the recipe in this video (which, as you’ll see, is my favorite weeknight go-to meal) follows this post!

I even added a blooper at the end – I warn you, I’m a spaz!

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Disclaimer: Although CourseHorse provided a free complimentary course at DCTV for me to review, all opinions are my own.

Nutritional Information & Recipe

Inspiralized

Easy Weeknight Chicken Pomodoro Zucchini Pasta

Yields 2

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound boneless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup canned pomodoro sauce (or sauce of your choice)
  • 2 medium zucchinis, Blade C, noodles trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dice into cubes. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the chicken and cook until done, 5-10 minutes.
  2. Once chicken is cooked, remove from the skillet and transfer to a small pot and set over medium heat. Add in the tomato sauce and let cook, about 3 minutes until sauce is heated.
  3. While sauce heats, add the zucchini noodles into the same large skillet and toss for 2-3 minutes or until cooked to your preference. Once cooked, transfer to a bowl and top with chicken and sauce. Top the pasta with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. Adorable video! You’re adorable! The only part I didn’t like was the sauce coming out of a jar premade!

    • Jarred sauces are a great time-saver for busy cooks! It’s just important to find one without any processed ingredients. I love Rao’s sauces, because they contain real, whole ingredients and no added preservatives! Glad you liked the video :)

      • I admire the way you answered Susan’s comment in such a classy, lady-like way! (Who really cares which part of your video she doesn’t like?)

      • Agreed! Great video and seriously appreciate the use of a jarred sauce, lol. Makes you seem more like the average home cook, which lets be real.. we all are at the end of a busy day!!!!

  2. Love it! Thank you. Any chance the Zuchinni muffins will be out before the weekend? Perfect time to bake for weekday snacks.

  3. I thought this was awesome! You are a natural in front of the camera-great job!

  4. I’d love to take one of the Coursehorse Photoshop classes!

  5. Well done! I normally don’t watch videos because they drag on so….love how quick you made it but I feel like I’ve learned a new recipe. I agree, you are a natural in front of the camera.

  6. Your recipes have always been easy to follow,,. but a picture is worth a thousand words! So nice to see how to make it…it’s like making it the first time to really get the steps down. I like the way the steps from the recipe are printed over the video part of you doing that step. It makes it easy to follow and not have to listen to get it. One issue I noted, and perhaps it is just my computer, is that there was a delay between the video and audio; not a huge deal, but thought I’d mention it. This recipe looks great and I cant’ wait to make it! Thanks!

  7. Mary Catherine :

    Your video feels professional. Awesome job! I also agree that you are a natural in front of the camera. Adorable, too!

    I bought my Spiralizer two days ago and today both my husband and I have snow days, we’re teachers, so we will be having a Spiralizer breakout party! (As soon as he gets up…)

  8. Love the video. Love that it’s quick & easy. Is anyone else having problems with seeing the giveaways? The icon just sits & spins & says routing giveaway through the interwebs. This has been like this for awhile. I’m using Android. When filling in info, what goes in the website box?

  9. That was a great video, Ali. I live in France and have just learned about spiralizing. I have pre-ordered your book and ordered the Paderno spiralizer and am excited to try it all out. One question – how do you know which blade is which? Are they marked B and C?

  10. Nice video! And I love your recipes!

  11. You made such a fun, enticingly delicious simple dish video!
    Congrats & thank you!
    Cheers!

  12. Would definitely use it to brush up on some cooking skills, although your video idea was a good one too!

  13. Love the blog!

  14. Thanks for the reference to coursehorse. Definitely something to look into for serious photography. And for all the great recipes.

  15. ruth Detroit area :

    hi Ali –

    I’ve Been Smiling Since I Opened Email This Morning and Saw That Picture of You CRACKING UP! Just what I needed on this cold, gray Michigan morning!

    Maybe you’ve already fixed it, but I’m not having the problems 2 other commenters are experiencing:
    1) video doesn’t match up with audio
    2) no problem seeing the giveaway

    When I was first learning to cook with your recipes and the spiralizer, I found it helpful to remember the blade names this way:
    A – A nice wide ‘noodle’
    B – Big ‘spaghetti’
    C – Cute little ‘spaghetti’

    Tell Lu I’m really impressed that he didn’t resist taking the class with you!

    ~ ruth

  16. Congrats! Love the blog and what a cute video! PS – What’s your nail polish color? I know, I know, not the point…

  17. I would love to learn now to build my own website!

  18. Thank you for the recommendation – I’ve been looking for a place to take photo classes. I’m an amateur photographer but I’ve been wanting to learn more to hopefully become a freelance photog. Can’t wait to check it out.

    Also, this recipe is WONDERFUL for a quick meal when you don’t have any time :)

  19. Love your blog!

  20. Stacey bradford :

    This is such a good idea!

  21. I would definitely take a cooking techniques class just to learn the basics to make cooking much easier!!

  22. What a fun video – you make simple cooking look joyful, Ali!

  23. I love your video!! You look so natural and professional!! The course was a success. You have inspired me so much learning about spiralizing and your weight loss success. I am looking forward to getting the spiralizer and your cook book. Thank you so much for your wonderful web site.

  24. You first video was great! What an accomplishment and so fun for you to do with your fiance! I get your daily email and always watch videos when you send them. I am excited you will be making more! One of my favorite parts of your videos is that you don’t narrate all of the chopping and seasoning and such (not that you wouldn’t do an awesome job at that). But it makes the video so quick! It also gives off the feel that all of your recipes are quick and doable. I am never overwhelmed about making a recipe you show in your videos.

    I can’t wait to get your new cookbook! :D

  25. Well done!!! I agree with those who say you are a natural in front of the camera! The smile you have on your face the whole video is contagious. I bought the Spiralizer after discovering your posts on instagram. My 14 year old son and I have so much fun trying to spiralize all kinds of veggies and we go to your site to see what you are doing! Keep up the good work.

  26. Good job Ali!!! I would love a class in photography – which you seem to have mastered :)

  27. Great video and yes, you are a natural and fun to watch. However, I really missed seeing a photo of the finished product. Guess I’ll have to make it soon and take my own photo of the meal.

  28. Ok you are so cute! Again….a quick easy spiralized meal that I’m sure I will love!

    The cook book can’t come fast enough!

    Thank you thank you thank you.

  29. Great job with the video.Love how you move right along with the text on the screen instead of talking the whole way through. Beautiful! Keep up the good work.

  30. There are so many courses to choose from! I think I would take a cooking or a language class.

  31. I would like Couples Brunch!

  32. I’d take photoshop.

  33. Delicious and healthy recipe. I really does look good.

  34. Love the video! You did a great great job! This is the best video so far!!!!

  35. Great Video! Congratulations :) How do you get rid of all of the water from the zucchini please? Thank you so much, maryann

  36. You did great. Thank you for your creative efforts with vegetables. I am wanting to eat all kinds of things I did not have a clue how to make edible

  37. Ps. I preordered three copies of your book for myself and friends. Can hardly wait

  38. I love video and the easy recipe. Thank you so much!

  39. who makes your cute shirt?

  40. I am a brand new fan (hi!), and I am very much enjoying your unique twist on healthy! However, I am struggling to find the serving size portions on your recipes. Am I missing them somewhere? I apologized if i’m missing it somewhere….

    Thx!

  41. You are so endearing! As others have said, you’re a natural in front of the camera and also just adorable. I love your outfit, too, but that’s besides the point.

    Great job learning a new skill and doing some relationship-strengthening, I look forward to more videos!

  42. Really impressive first video. You have such a natural ease and warmth in front of the camera. I think the cooking channel should scoop you up!

    Just received my spiralizer, this looks like a great recipe to try. Thank you!

  43. You did a great job and it looked very professional. Yes please share what equipment you had to purchase. I would love to do more video but need a better camera and need someone to shoot other than my tripod.

  44. Hi Ali
    Would you share with me your list on how to make a video? I am trying to do this fir my small business as well and have just been ” winging” it. I’d love some direction:)

    Great job with your video and all you do!
    Tracey

  45. Judy Niderost :

    Bravo! Well done, loved it, you are a natural.

  46. This recipe tastes good but zucchini noodles always end up a watery mess on our plates! We like them cooked and warm, not half raw and cold. I read your tips and tricks….I still am not sure how to cook the zucchini noodles and keep them dry. Pat them before cooking? Drain after cooking? My husband wanted them crispy–definitely not possible. Help!

  47. Great job. Can’t believe this is your first video – you are a natural.

  48. I found your site thru The Skinny Confidential blog and I’m so glad I did! Thanks for the tips on how to learn about shooting a video (going to check out those classes!) and I echo the sentiment above for how “short and sweet” you made there video.

    Well done for a first time! I’m going to get a Spiralizer to see if I can engage my 5yr old in cooking in hopes to help us with eating issues (veggies are a challenge). She LOVES using the old fashioned crank apple peeler, so I’m hoping the Spiralizer will add some fun to the mix!

    As for the water cooler…it didn’t take away from your great presentation, but I have a suggestion: just hang a nice neutral fabric or curtain to go along with the colors in your kitchen on that doorway and problem solved!

  49. awesome recipe, I am going to make it – so easy. Love the video, you did a great job on it. It was happy ! Keep having fun…..

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