Thursday, May 30, 2013
Less meat and more healthy whole foods is what we are going for in my house. We are NOT cutting out meat, just eating a lot less of it and adding in more fiber, fruits, and veggies. Since we don't want to give up the taste of foods we love, this can be a bit of a stretch. Had a pretty successful dinner experiment tonight, though!
Tonight's recipe was called Mascarpone Pasta with Chicken, Bacon, and Spinach, which has 637 calories per serving, 3 grams fiber, and 28 grams of fat. I healthified it by using two boneless, skinless thighs cut up in small bites for 4 people instead of the 2 lbs of chicken breasts it called for, used two slices of very well drained bacon crumbled up instead of 6 and used olive oil instead of the bacon grease to cook the diced onions and chicken. I used vegetable pasta, twice as much spinach, added in leftover steamed veggies and made the mascarpone sauce with dijon mustard, 4 ounces part skim mozzarella instead of 8 ounces mascarpone, skim milk, lemon juice, and garlic. Tossed it all together and I just taste tested and I'm VERY pleased! My counts here are rough estimates (haven't used the recipe calculator yet) but I know I cut the calories by about 20% and upped the fiber about double, and cut the fat quite a bit by using half as much cheese (not to mention a lower fat cheese) and only 1/3 of the bacon called for, but still enough to get the bacony taste! I'm serving it up with some pinto beans (no meat or fat in them) cooked with diced onions and lots of garlic. Even more fiber!
It's all a big old contest every night to find ways to get lots of flavor we love without adding in all the crapola we don't need. I love winning and tonight is a great big SCORE for me!
Never give up. Never give in, ya'll. Here's a picture of tonight's healthier remake: