Pasta For Your Diet

Pasta is one of the best-loved comfort foods in the world. It is just as versatile as it is inexpensive and it can be served with a number of different sauces. Sadly, this is a simple carbohydrate meaning that your body breaks it down and burns it fast. As such, it is gotten a negative reputation among the weight loss community. Following, however, are several incredible reasons why this delicious dish should be made a regular part of your diet.

For busy people, this is one of the most portable foods out there. For instance, if you regularly pack your lunch for work, you can easily store this in a coverage dish and rewarm it at lunch time. This will provide a hearty, filling meal that will give you lots of energy and at a nominal cost. Bringing leftover pasta to work is infinitely cheaper than paying to have someone in a local deli make your lunch for you.

Another major benefit that you can gain from this food is the ability to make vegetables tasty. For instance, if you have a hard time getting your youngsters to eat lots of produce, this is a great way to sneak a colorful range of nutrient-dense veggies into your child’s meals. Your child will hardly know that you have diced up peppers, zucchini, tomatoes and olives into this dish.

There is no way to overstate the fact that pasta is incredibly cheap. That is why it is a regular staple in many households. Moreover, one small box can go a very long way. For families that are constantly trying to eke it out, this is the perfect food for ensuring that everyone can sate themselves at dinnertime, every time.

Bodybuilders load up on this carb with good reason. It quickly breaks down to a lot of usable energy. Whether you are currently working in the gym to build up your mass or simply need more fuel to get you through the day, start munching on this simple food at lunch time and you will find that you have more stamina and better focus for hours on end.

People should know that they don’t always have to cook this dish at home in order to recognize its many impressive benefits. You can enjoy how easy, portable, delicious and filling pasta is by simply taking your family out to a restaurant that serves Italian food. Best of all, you can take any leftovers that you have to lunch with you the next day, so that you can enjoy the succulent and perfectly blended flavors of this popular cuisine all over again.

We have a lot of tasty and healthy meals that you can add in your regular meal plan and stay healthy at the same time.

All About World Pasta Day

I just can’t believe it!

A “World Pasta Day” actually exists!

A day when the entire world has reason to rejoice.

You can probably already tell that I like pasta. In fact, I’ve never met a pasta I didn’t enjoy.

Whether it’s served with tomato sauce that’s simmered for hours, or a sauce that’s thrown together in a matter of minutes, it matters not to me.

Even if it’s topped with pesto or just garlic butter, the meal is special and deserving of respect.

Yes, pasta is a dish to be enjoyed under any and all circumstances.

Can you remember the best pasta meal you’ve ever had?

I recall a meal in Toronto on Yonge Street in the 1970’s. My client and I were walking down the street looking for a place to eat when we smelled the delicious odors wafting from an open doorway. We had no choice but to follow the invitation of smells and partake of the best they had to offer. Their chef used a generous amount of garlic and with the salad, bread, butter and olive oil we consumed our fill, and created memories that resist fading.

During my formative years I enjoyed the occasional can of spaghetti at room temperature. Yes, right out of the can, and now so many years later I do it less often, but I still consider it a good dish when I’m on the run.

In these modern days there are all kinds of spaghetti using different flour from various grains. For those who are allergic to wheat there is always the rice alternative.

Of course, all pasta is not spaghetti. There’s a seemingly infinite variety of thicknesses and sizes.

There’s macaroni, lasagna, and other popular configurations used in various dishes.

During warm weather we enjoy pasta salad, and it’s easy to make.

Yes, most pasta dishes can be made quickly and salad must be near the top of the list with a few chopped vegetables and a store-bought dressing. The dish can be cooked and assembled in under 20 minutes.

A friend of mine was invited to someone’s home for dinner where spaghetti was served with canned vegetable soup dumped on top. It was an unusual meal, but one that worked for that family.

The pasta historians tell us that it was invented by the Sicilians in the 12th century. I wonder if they ever considered how popular their invention would become.

It was considered a simple dish by them, but now with the invention of various sauces its complexity can be high for those with discriminating tastes. I confess an inability to discern between a good sauce that takes hours of careful preparation and a mediocre one that’s thrown together. I’ve eaten in some of the world’s best restaurants, but am unable to adequately distinguish the value of their efforts. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a good sauce, it’s just that they all taste good to me, and many of my friends.

So, on this special day, the 25th of October, you can put aside any requirements for dieting purposes and enjoy a good helping of pasta-one that will fill your tummy and release endorphins to make the experience memorable.

Easy Crock Pot Pasta Recipes

Pasta is a favorite dish worldwide, so if you’re a cooking beginner, knowing how to cook pasta is a must. There are endless options when it comes to cooking pasta dishes. You can choose from a variety of noodles, sauces, meats, veggies and even herbs and spices to make your own. But if you’re just a beginner, you can try these crock pot pasta recipes to help you get started with your cooking journey – everyone will surely approve!

Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti and Meatballs Soup

What you need:

  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups spaghetti sauce
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup angel hair pasta, broken into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

Mix together beef broth, water, spaghetti sauce, frozen meatballs, parmesan cheese and basil in a slow cooker. Stir, cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. When ready, stir in angel hair pasta and cook for 20 minutes on high.

Amazing Cheesy Bacon Macaroni

What you need:

  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups fusilli pasta
  • 2 cups shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Combine eggs, fusilli pasta, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, evaporated milk and whole milk in a slow cooker. Season with salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce then top with crumbled bacon. Stir to combine ingredients well. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. When ready, lower heat and cook for 30 minutes more or until pasta is tender.

Chicken Pasta With A Kick

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilogram boneless and skinless chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/4 cups linguine pasta
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Place chicken in a crock pot. In a bowl, whisk together chicken broth, tomato sauce, hot sauce, brown sugar, red pepper flakes and dissolved cornstarch. Pour mixture over chicken. Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high. When done, stir in pasta and heavy cream. Cook for 45 minutes more or until pasta is tender. Stir before serving.

Learn these delicious crock pot pasta recipes and you’ll be a cooking pro in no time!

Simply Pasta Recipes

Like any other dish, you can make pasta into a more nutritious and more delicious meal choice if you’re trying to lose weight or simply starting a healthier lifestyle. It’s the ingredients you use that matter. Be sure to use fresh vegetables and seasonings that are guilt-free!

Here are2 healthy pasta recipes you can definitely try:

Veggie Roast Healthy Pasta

What you need:

  • 1 kilogram pasta, freshly cooked
  • 2 eggplants, cubed (skin on)
  • 2 carrots, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into thin matchsticks
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups baby tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Mix together eggplant, carrots, zucchini, onion, tomatoes and salt in a bowl. Place on a baking sheets and bake in a pre-heated oven (425F) for 20 minutes. When ready, add the garlic, thyme and lemon juice. Stir and bake for 15 more minutes. Place cooked pasta and roasted veggies in a pot and add the balsamic vinegar and red pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well before serving.Hearty Peanut Spaghetti Squash

What you need:

  • 2 spaghetti squash, peeled, seeded and sliced into halves widthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-inch piece ginger root, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 cups diced sweet potato
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 1/2 dry roasted peanuts
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Salt

Arrange squash in a rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with salt. Let sit for 15 to 20 minutes. When ready, wipe away salt and bake in a pre-heated oven (400F) for 30 minutes. Allow to cool for 15to 20 minutes before peeling and separating the strands to create “spaghetti noodles”. To prepare the peanut sauce, bring the sweet potato to a boil using 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Lower the heat and cook until sweet potato is tender, about 5 minutes. When ready, add the peanut butter, cilantro, peanuts, soy sauce and as much or as little sriracha you desire. Stir to combine ingredients well and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove from heat then transfer the mixture to blender. Puree until smooth. Place spaghetti squash on a serving plate and top with peanut sauce.Looking for healthy pasta recipes? Look no further – try these delicious ones!