Wednesday, June 17, 2009


A Healthy Pasta Alternative

Craving pasta? Well, even though you've stepped up your workout routine, it's not time to start carb loading yet! I've swapped your usual pasta for a low-carb and highly nutritious version made with zucchini.
Veggie Pasta With Italian Chicken Sausage


2 small zucchini
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 garlic clove, diced
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 pound cooked Italian chicken sausage, sliced into small pieces
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, or to taste

1. Using a vegetable peeler and turning the zucchini as you go, slice the zucchini into ribbons.

2. In a skillet, over medium heat, sauté zucchini in 1 tablespoon of oil until it's soft and the edges are clear.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in another pan, over medium heat, and add garlic.

5. Sauté for a minute, then add the tomatoes and oregano.

6. Simmer for a few minutes, then stir in the sausage.

7. Spoon sauce over the zucchini. Sprinkle with Parmesan.

Makes 2 servings
Nutrition information per serving: 309 calories, 29 g total fat, 9 g carbohydrate, 28 g protein, 324 mg sodium.