I Have Been Craving Spaghetti!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

For some reason I have been really craving spaghetti. It's usually not one of my favorite foods, but I have really been wanting some! So... today I couldn't stand it any more. I purposefully did not do anything extra at breakfast, kept the lunch light and left some room in my calorie range.

At the grocery store, I found some sauce with 50 calories per half cup (the lowest I could find), some whole grain noodles at 180 calories for 2 oz. Picked up some leafy romaine bagged salad and a pretty tomato. I used my fat free ranch (only a Tblspn) for only 15 calories. I had the 93% lean ground beef at home and found that 2 oz of it was only 80 calories. I also had a Jello Temptations French Silk Pie for dessert at 140 calories (btw Lemon Meringue Pie is still the best tasting and only 100 calories).

Such an awesome, filling, satisfying dinner for under 500 calories! I guess it just really hit me tonight that I don't have to deny my cravings. All it takes is a little bit of extra effort--- planning the room in your daily calorie intake, shopping for the lowest caloric and/or healthiest ingredients, and measuring your food when you prepare it!

I'll be going to bed with a happy tummy tonight!!! Looking forward to when my next craving hits, LOL!!!!
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    I tend to do 1/2 - 1/3 serving of pasta when I eat it. :) I just weight it on my food scale dry and then cook up the amount I want to eat (if SO is eating too, this is sorta problematic but I tend to then cook 1 1/2 servings and weight the cooked pasta so that he gets 2/3rds. Hah.) I don't eat meat so we tend to add spinach and mushrooms to the fat free sauce (Whole Foods does a very low calorie sauce with no garbage in it) and sometimes toss some vegan meatballs in that business. Top with nutritional yeast and eat with a big serving of roasted asparagus. OMNOM.

    Pasta is too good to not eat. ;) Plus, the ww stuff is definitely a good carb!
    3344 days ago
    You're so right! Great job.
    3345 days ago
    We tried a new recipe this week with pasta also. It was less than 400 calories for a serving. It was absolutely yummy. My husband is the cook of the family and loves to try new recipes. We used a can of Hunts diced tomatoes that are seasoned with garlic and basil, added a can of Ro*Tel tomatoes and chiles, added 1/3 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, heated and blended. We used shrimp cooked in a little butter and garlic. Then added the sauce to cooked whole wheat spaghetti and added the shrimp. I believe the diced tomatoes and Ro*Tel have less sugar in them than traditional spaghetti sauce.
    3345 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Nothing wrong with spaghetti, just seems an odd craving in the summer is all! A staple meal for me during the winter.
    3345 days ago
  • YICHE12
    I eat spaghetti at least once a week but I just measure one cup of the noodles and take the spaghetti sauce. Moderation in everything is best... emoticon
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    3346 days ago
    YUM! Earlier this week, I bought tomatoes and cooked them up with a tiny bit of olive oil, garlic and oregeno. Then added some Ronzoni Smart Taste spaghetti. Topped it all of with a squirt of lemon! Low-calorie. Spaghetti. Yum. It must be in the air!!!
    3346 days ago
    What I love best about this blog is that you had your spaghetti!! We don't have to completely deny ourselves, you are exactly right - sometimes it just takes a little more planning. Good for you!
    3346 days ago
  • WINNIE1978
    Planning is definitely key when it comes to having some of your favorite foods so you aren't depriving yourself. We like to make spaghetti squash with marinara sauce on top and a bit of fat free shredded mozzarella. It's like having spaghetti, but with a lot less calories, carbs, etc.
    3346 days ago
    emoticon I love spaghetti or any pasta for that matter! It's worth the effort to fit it in the calorie range!
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