We aren’t big pasta eaters – heavy sauces and an abundance of cheese don’t have an appeal.
But thanks to many hours watching the Food Network, I’ve learned that I can make simple sauces that lightly dress a plate of pasta, and are calorie friendly too.
A simple splash of good wine, spicy herbs, a mince of garlic, fresh lemon, and fruity olive oil can make a plate of pasta with fantastic flavor.
Tuesday’s tasty tip . . . If you love pasta and you’re working on losing weight, or trying to stick with a healthy eating plan, just lighten it up a bit. You won’t miss the extra calories or heavy sauces, and your waistline will love you.
Happy, healthy cooking!
Serves 4 small servings
- 4 ounces whole wheat spaghetti or quinoa pasta, cooked and drained, reserving 1 cup pasta liquid
- 8 ounces mushroom , sliced
- 1 cup asparagus, thin, ends removed and cut into pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 ounces cod, cubed
- 1 teaspoon thyme, fresh minced
- 1 tablespoon oregano, fresh minced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pinch red pepper
- ¼ cup white wine
- 1 small lemon, zested and juiced
- 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and add oil. When the oil is hot add asparagus and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes until crisp-tender.
- Add cod, garlic, thyme, oregano, red pepper, wine and lemon juice and zest. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes until cod is no longer translucent in the center. Do no over-cook or the cod will fall apart and be dry.
- Toss with pasta, adding a splash of pasta water if the dish looks too dry.
- Top with Parmesan cheese if desired.
Calories: 272 Weight Watchers PointsPlus 7 Total Fat: 8.66g Cholesterol: 27mg Sodium: 123mg Total Carbs: 28.06g Dietary Fiber: 3.30g Sugars: 3.59g Protein: 18.03g
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