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Recipe: Light Pasta

If you're having friends over for dinner, have some time to spare to put together a nice meal, or just want to eat something warm and comforting give this recipe a try. Prep time takes a bit longer than usual if you are going to make the pasta sauce yourself. If you're planning on buying the sauce rather than making it choose the option with the lowest sodium and lowest sugar.

For the pasta you will need a vegetable spiraliser, if you don't have one at your disposal you can create flat 'noodles' by using a mandolin slicer.

 
I actually found mine in the post office for about $10

I actually found mine in the post office for about $10

 

Makes 2 servings
(per 1) Carbs 102g / Fat 22.9g / Protein 24.8g / Calories 704.5


Ingredients

  • 3 zucchinis (washed)
  • 1 eggplant (washed, and then sliced into small pieces)
  • 300g mushrooms (washed and sliced into thin pieces)
  • 400g butter beans (you can wash the fresh kind, I used canned)
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Ingredients (sauce)

  • 6-8 tomatoes (peeled and seeded)
  • 1 brown onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1 bay leaf (remove when done)

Method (sauce)

  1. Pour olive oil into a large pot over a medium heat on your stovetop.
  2. Add onions and garlic and cook onions through
  3. Add the remaining sauce ingredients to the pot and simmer on a low heat for approximately 2 hours, until it is darker in colour

Method (everything else)

  1. After your pasta sauce is finished (if you chose to cook it) place a skillet on medium heat with 1/2 tsp of olive oil
  2. Place mushrooms, butter beans and eggplant into the skillet
  3. When the mushrooms/eggplant/beans are starting to look cooked pour your pasta sauce over the top of them, turn the stovetop down to a low heat and allow it to simmer for another 15 minutes
  4. While they are cooking boil some water in a kettle
  5. While the water is boiling take your vegetable spiraliser and spiralise your zucchinis into long 'spaghetti' pieces and place them all into a heat-proof bowl.
  6. Pour boiling water over the zucchini and allow them to cook in the water until your mushrooms/eggplant/beans are finished cooking
  7. Remove the mushrooms/eggplant/beans from the heat, and then drain your zucchinis
  8. Serve together!

 

Food

Recipe: No-Nonsense Chicken Noodles

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I am such a big fan of food that does not take long to cook, can be packed up into meal prep containers, and that doesn't 'waste' calories on filings. This meal is so good for that. Every now and again we buy 'low cal noodles', they're made from konjac root and are very low calorie per serving, serving your calories for all the good stuff like the veg and meat of the meal! This is the brand that I use.


Makes 4 servings
(per 1)  Carbs 12.3g / Fat 8.2g / Protein 31.8g / Calories 261


Ingredients

  • 500g chicken breast
  • 2 cups of green beans
  • 2.5 cups of snow peas
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 brown onion
  • 1 green capsicum
  • 200g low calorie noodles (1 packet)
  • Black pepper
  • 1.5 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil (only if using a non-stick pan)

Method

  1. Cut the chicken into strips and place it into a pan on a medium heat to start cooking (with olive oil if it is a non-stick pan)
  2. Thinly slice the onion and pop it into the pan to cook with the chicken, add however much black pepper you like
  3. While the chicken is cooking top and tail the green beans and snow peas, also cut up the capsicum and celery
  4. When the chicken is almost finished cooking put the beans, snow peas, celery, capsicum and sesame oil into the pan
  5. While these are cooking together 'cook' the low calorie noodles according to the instructions on the packet (it usually involves just putting the konjac root noodles into boiling or hot water) and then add them into the pan with all the other ingredients
  6. Once everything is cooked through (vegetables should still be just a little bit crunchy, chicken should be cooked through) serve it out!