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9/29/18 7:56 A

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Lots of veggies with homemade Italian dressing.

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9/28/18 6:17 P

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Peppers, mushrooms, marinara sauce or either spaghetti sauce. Sometimes I make my own sauce.



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8/15/18 10:39 A

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@GLORYB83 what about a light lemon sauce? you can whisk up a quick one with lemon and butter and then add any flavorings you like- garlic, herbs, etc! or you can make a batch of picatta sauce and add it to the pasta with some capers. it'll be nice and light!

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8/14/18 8:43 P

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try zoodles, it will bring back pasta in your life! and you can eat a ton guilt free if you dont use a ton of oil to saute

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7/20/18 8:59 P

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Sometimes I will add a little ricotta and veggies

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6/24/18 12:15 P

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Now that my squash and zucchini are coming n, I add a ton of these to my pasta. It's almost like I really add a little pasta to my zucchini.

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6/6/18 7:42 A

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Lots and lots of veggies. emoticon

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4/30/18 6:43 P

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homemade tomato sauce, lots of chopped veggies, sometimes a homemade mushroom sauce a bit of different cheeses. I love pasta and the versatility.



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4/8/18 3:21 P

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Other than adding veggies and tomato sauces, isn't there some way to have it quite plain ... with butter or olive oil, or .... ? Sometimes I don't want anything in mine but it needs something

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4/2/18 3:02 P

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I will admit that I am not a pasta lover so usually I just say NO to the whole thing - perhaps strange but true!

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3/25/18 2:06 P

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Any or all of the following, sauteed until tender (not soft) in olive oil.

Asparagus, garden peas, sugar-snap peas, green beans, snow peas, cauli, broccoli, spinach, fresh tomato. Just about anything, but I skip carrots as the sweetness doesn't work for me with the other vegetables. Season as you wish -- garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, basil, chives. Sprinkle with grated parmesan, asiago or your choice. Add a little more oil to the bowl if too dry.

No tomato sauce; it doesn't belong.

I especially like this with farfalle -- it all looks pretty together -- but, of course, it's up to you.

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1/17/18 4:29 P

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Loads of vegetables!!! emoticon

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1/8/18 1:23 P

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Have you ever tried using spaghetti squash in place of the pasta? It's really rather good and doesn't take that long to cook (pop in the microwave with a bit of water, covered with plastic, and steam until cooked thru - I start with 5 minutes and check the squash. If it's not done to my liking, I cook in 1 minute increments until done to your desired texture).

But, I do love my pasta as well. I add onion, mushroom, spinach, bell peppers (try a different color if the first one you tried you didn't like), zucchini, broccoli, asparagus, corn, garlic. Sometimes I sauté all the veggies, sometimes I leave some of them raw and mix with the cooked items. Red sauce is good, so is alfredo or pesto (or mix alfredo and pesto together - YUM), or sometimes I simply drizzle olive oil over everything, toss with some fresh herbs (fresh basil, oregano) and add some parmesan and/or mozzarella cheese and mix.

I have photos (I'm one of those, lol) of a lot of the things I cook/bake on my instagram.

Another thing I like to do too, is if you love salad - make bowtie pasta and mix into your salad - really good in chicken caesar salad. Orzo pasta is really good in a chicken/strawberry/balsamic glaze type of salad made predominately with spinach.

I hope these ideas help you! :)

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1/6/18 7:12 P

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I usually put marinara sauce on my pasta, but I sometimes also put pesto sauce on my pasta.



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9/26/17 9:44 A

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We tried putting hummus in our veggie pasta last night, along with fresh basil, a small amount of feta cheese, cucumber and several shrimp.

I would never have thought of using hummus as a dressing for pasta, but it was actually delicious, especially with the flavor of the fresh basil. Not too much; you don't want an overwhelming flavor of hummus. I love that it added flavor, protein and fiber!

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8/30/17 8:12 A

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mushrooms, onions, olives, something green (kale or spinach usually), carrots & bell peppers I prefer to blend into the sauce, zucchini/squash (sometimes i'll grate it because I don't feel like tasting it), sometimes white beans or chicken

it's usually a subset of the above. one of my favorite, simplest pastas is just roasted cherry tomatoes & garlic, fresh wilted spinach, and white beans.

we do a lot of Asian noodles too, with tofu or chicken, mushrooms, onion, bell pepper (very thinly sliced), bamboo shoots, bok choy, and water chestnuts.

I personally don't like the taste of cooked bell peppers that much- so I don't add them in until the last few minutes of cooking (when I'm finishing the pasta in the sauce). maybe try them that way? I also only use red/orange/yellow peppers- not a fan of the green ones :)

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7/25/17 8:05 A

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I don't eat pasta because of diabetes, but I do prepare it for others. I have been able to sneak in more veggies into the tomato sauce by using a stick blender. Cut up your tomatoes, the vegetables (onions, green leafy like kale, red peppers, celery,). Cook until everything is soft, about 20 minutes. Use your stick blender to turn it into a red sauce right in the sauce pan. The tomato taste will still predominate and the veggies will disappear.

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7/21/17 2:36 P

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I love zucchini, kale, yellow squash, and, of course, tomatoes. (all sauteed first)



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7/5/17 1:08 P

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I'll add a variety of veggies. Spinach or kale, peas, bell peppers, onions, zucchini, chopped cabbage, eggplant or beans, as well as mushrooms. I like the veggies in sauce so much that I can do without the pasta.

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7/5/17 12:22 P

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I like adding white (cannelini) beans to my pasta and tossing it with pesto sauce.


I also make this recipe fairly often, it's really tasty:
food52.com/recipes/22220-macaroni-peas



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7/3/17 10:40 A

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Add some leafy greens (spinach, kale) to those mushrooms. Or maybe some zucchini and tomato. My mom liked pasta with fried cabbage and cheese. Or cook up some ratatouille (french vegetable stew) and use that. Add whatever vegies that you personally like and chances are you will like the combination.


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6/30/17 2:38 P

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Hey!

I'm looking for more ways to add veggies in my diet, and I'd love some ideas!
Right now, I've started to put mushrooms (fairly common). I tried red bell peppers, but that just tasted odd to me.

What do you put in to get your servings?



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