So can you eat pasta and lose weight?

Yet again there has been so much in the press about what you can and cannot eat and this week pasta was put into the equation.

I use pasta in a lot of my Weight Away recipes as it is filling and can be healthy, it just really depends of the portion size and what you have with it. It is best of course to use wholemeal pasta.

One of my favourite recipes is having it with Salmon.  The beauty of this is that you have your fibre but also boost your intake of Omega 3.

This recipe is quick to cook and easy to do for the whole family and really doesn’t have to be expensive.

Just as a rule of thumb if you are trying to lose weight look at the portion size of pasta you be having as a woman shouldn’t exceed 75 grams dry weight and you may find as I do that 60 grams is enough.  Adding vegetables to any pasta dish makes it healthy and delicious.

If you want to know more about losing weight and healthy recipes please contact me at enquiries@weight-away.org

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Lovely healthy meal for 400 calories

Salmon and Prawn Pasta

To serve 4 at 400 calories per portion 30 minutes to prepare and cook.

Ingredients

275 grams of salmon fillets and 100 grams of cooked prawns.

100 grams of broccoli, 75 grams of cherry tomatoes , 1/4 of a red pepper thinly sliced, 2 shallots,  3 cloves of garlic, 2 tsp of tomato puree, 100 mls of white wine, 400 mls of vegetable stock and 50 mls of double cream and 1 tsp of olive oil

Allow 75 grams of pasta per person  I used tagliatelle

Bake the salmon in a dish in an oven with the cherry tomatoes at 180 degrees for about 15- 20 minutes.

Cook the broccoli and set aside

Meanwhile chop the shallots , red pepper and garlic very finely and gently saute in a pan with the olive oil.  When they are all soft add the white wine and reduce by half. Add the tomato puree and vegetable stock and simmer until about half in volume.  At this point you can choose to either liquidise the sauce or strain it to take out the vegetables.  personally I leave them in as I think it gives the dish extra texture.

At this point you should add the cooked prawns the cooked salmon now flaked into pieces, broccoli and cherry tomatoes and warm through then add the double cream.

Time cooking your pasta to be cooked by this time and if your sauce isn’t thin enough you can add a drop of the pasta water at this point.

Serve the pasta in bowls and top with the salmon sauce.

If you like food with a kick you can always add a few drops of tabasco to the sauce.

 

 

 

 

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