Healthy Dinner Ideas: Pasta

Pasta seems to be a favorite “go to” meal for families. It’s a comfort food and it can be very easy to prepare as you will see with the recipe I’ve included here. If you are looking for ways to make healthier pasta dishes here are 2 versions with some added tips for those of you looking to lose weight or eat healthier.

Eating pasta when trying to lose weight.

If you are trying to lose weight but find yourself preparing pasta for your family here are some added weight loss tips for you.

  • A great low glycemic option for pasta is Dreamfields brand. It’s my brand of choice whenever I eat pasta. Make sure you cook it “al dente”!
  • Add loads of vegetables to your plate to bring down the glycemic load of the pasta. A good rule is to cover 2/3 of your plate with veggies and 1/3 with pasta.
  • Make sure you exercise on the days you eat pasta so your metabolism is burning that healthy fuel.
  • For busy cooks here is a great Pasta recipe adapted from the Lazy Chicken Coop. I have added my notes** to make it more low glycemic.


    Tomato Basil Pasta

    Tomato Basil Pasta

    Throw it all in the pot, INCLUDING the uncooked Pasta, and cook! – Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook till the pasta is **“al dente”. The other ingredients cook right along with the pasta.

    Source: The Lazy Chicken Coop Facebook Page

    Ingredients, Recipe and Directions ( Click to Expand )

    Alternate Pasta Dish: Spaghetti Squash

    If you are VERY motivated to lose weight or are looking for ways to add more vegetables to your table try this great recipe for spaghetti squash from the kitchen of Cookin’ Canuck. It’s low glycemic and a perfect blend of protein and fiber to make a complete meal.

    SpaghettiSquashFetaFinal Cookin'Canuk

    Spaghetti Squash with Spinach, Feta & Basil White Beans

    Ingredients, Recipe and Directions ( Click to Expand )

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