Low Fat Pasta Recipe

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Low Fat Pasta Recipe

Ask any runner what she eats prior to a marathon, and she will probably answer "pasta." pasta is not only high in energy-supplying carbohydrates: It is an excellent source of folic acid, which prevents birth defects in unborn children. Folic acid can also prevent heart disease and certain types of cancer. Although some women avoid pasta dishes because they believe that they are fattening, there are actually some low fat cooking methods for creating delicious pasta dishes. Since the high fat part of the pasta dish is in the sauce and the cheese, consider this alternative from the folks at "I Love Pasta" online.

Gnocchi with Sun Dried Tomato Pesto and Portabella Mushrooms

If you've never tried gnocchi, you don't know what you're missing! Gnocchi is actually a potato dumpling in a pasta crust. So when you eat gnocchi, you are getting the folic acid and carbohydrate from the pasta and the potassium from the potatoes. Gnocchi will cook much faster than regular pasta, so be sure to watch the pot. You will need:

  • One package of gnocchi
  • One package of sun dried tomatoes
  • One package of pine nuts
  • Four tablespoons of sweet basil
  • One package of portabella mushrooms
  • Olive oil- as much as you need to satisfy your taste
  • One teaspoon of maple syrup
  • Low fat grated Romano cheese-to taste

Before you boil the gnocchi, place the sun-dried tomatoes in hot water. Allow them to soak for as long as possible. This gets rid of the overly salty taste. Prepare the gnocchi according to the directions on the package. When the sun-dried tomatoes have softened, heat some olive oil in a pan. Add the maple syrup and the basil. Then add the sun-dried tomatoes. Sauté for about five minutes, and then add the portabella mushrooms. Sauté for another five minutes, and then add the pine nuts. Sprinkle the mixture over the gnocchi, and then add the Romano cheese.

Aside from the carbohydrates and folic acid from the gnocchi, the olive oil in this recipe can reduce the risk of:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • A Weakened Immune System
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Some Malignant Tumors
  • Heart Disease
  • High Cholesterol Levels
The sun-dried tomatoes contain Lycopene, which is a antioxidant that fights free radicals in the body. Sun dried tomatoes have 12 times the amount of Lycopene than a raw tomato. Research has shown that a tomato rich diet can reduce the risk of

  • Digestive Disorders
  • Breast, Lung and Cervical Cancers
  • Heart Disease

   

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