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REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/31/12 11:34 A

Eggplant lasagne instead of pasta layers

DIETER27 Posts: 8,978
3/31/12 11:10 A

I like making pasta with loads of veggies like red peepers, green peppers, some zucchini, a lillte bit of beans after rinsed well in water, some lean ground turkey, whole wheat pasta and a lilltle chicken broth.

If you desire sauce use diced tomatoes in can or fresh tomatoes cut up.

3/31/12 10:55 A

I make my sauce with "Protein Crumbles" rather than meat. It's like ground beef for vegetarians, and it helps get in some protein and I usually only need about 100 calories worth to get that "meaty" sauce!

ERINMARIE424 Posts: 3,101
3/31/12 10:40 A

I puree a can of diced tomatoes with garlic/basil and use that as a sauce - much lower in fat than typical pasta sauce.

Sometimes I use the same tomato puree over a dish of chopped or sliced zuccini - it's delicious! And just a sprinkle of parmesan is tasty on top!

MARITIMER3 SparkPoints: (215,872)
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3/30/12 8:51 P

I use only tomato sauce on my pasta.

3/30/12 8:44 P

my own recipe for roasted eggplant parmesan with spaghetti squash.

CSIENK Posts: 6,724
3/30/12 8:36 P

For me, when I want pasta, sometimes what I'm really craving is meat sauce... not noodles. So my favorite 'pasta dish makeover' is meat sauce over spaghetti squash.

3/30/12 6:27 P

I like to make my own pasta sauce from organic vegetables and pour it over a cut up zucchini. I cut the zucchini up in long shreds, all pasta-like.

It's delicious!

COMPLEXFLAVOR SparkPoints: (0)
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3/30/12 6:25 P

I like making meat sauce with half ground turkey and half finely diced veggies. Peppers, spinach, carrot, zucchini, eggplant, onion, lots of garlic, all that and more, dice it up fine, and brown them with the meat, then dump on a few cans of crushed tomatoes, season it how you like, and you have a seriously healthy and awesome sauce.

So, sometimes I like slumming it with jarred alfredo. Use half of what you normally would, but heat it up with an equal amount of fat free chicken broth, again, season it up (I like lemon, parmesan, black pepper, and nutmeg) then thicken it slightly with a bit of cornstarch dissolved in water. Same body, but since you're using fat free chicken broth and a bit of cornstarch, it's like half the calories. In fact, I like it way better, because it's not as heavy and rich.

Instead of huge bowls of pasta, now, I always make sure I have the same exact amount of pasta and vegetables. So, a serving of spaghetti is one cup, then I'll add a whole cup of broccoli or zucchini, to round out the meal, and have sauce over both. Often, it's so filling, I can't even finish it.

3/30/12 5:47 P

I come from a family where we eat pasta very often, and that's definitely transitioned to my adult life as well; whether I'm out at a restaurant or just cooking at home, I like my pasta! Eating it with just butter or a thick alfredo sauce are pretty much out of the question I've been experimenting with healthy pasta recipes to still give me the satisfaction of it, but loaded with veggies, beans and protein.

So what are your favorite makeover dishes that satisfy your pasta craving?

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