Sunday, February 20, 2011

Who Says You Can't Eat Pasta?

Pasta is one of my favorite meals - basically anything Italian is good in my book.  Unfortunately, most pasta dishes are made with white pasta which means there are few redeeming qualities.  There are a few simple additions and swaps you can do to make a big bowl of pasta not guilt-ridden.  The bowl that is pictured is actually quite a substantial bowl - and is definitely filling and delicious!

Ki's Zucchini Pasta
makes four servings
8 oz whole-wheat pasta (any 190 calorie per 2 oz serving)
2 medium zucchini
Cut the zucchini into bite-sized pieces and roast zucchini in a 400* oven for about 45 minutes, or until fully cooked.  Boil the pasta according to the directions on the package and then drain, and mix together with the zucchini.  Divide between four dishes.

1 1/4 serving morningstar sausage-style soy crumbles
1 1/4 cup tomato sauce
1 3/4 cup diced canned tomatoes
1 pack of splenda
italian seasoning to taste
Place the frozen sausage-style crumbles in a small nonstick saucepan over medium heat and heat until no longer frozen.  Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, splenda and italian seasoning to taste.  Simmer for a few minutes to allow all of the flavor to combine.

Garlic Toast
makes one serving
1 thomas light whole wheat english muffin (100 calories)
1 wedge laughing cow swiss cheese
sprinkle of garlic salt

Split the english muffin and spread the laughing cow over both sides.  Sprinkle on the garlic salt and bake in a 400* oven until toasted (5-8 minutes).  For an even easier version, simply toast the english muffin, and spread the cheese and top with garlic salt.

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