Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Low Fat Meal Recipe: Angel Hair Pasta Salad


I love salads! I don't post enough salad recipes here which is strange since I eat them quite often. In fact I have been ordering them frequently when I eat out or eat takeout. They are usually pretty easy prep wise and on the healthy side as well which is just what I like in any case. Another thing about salads is they easily fill me up and I can even eat them as a meal depending what they are made of. I'm back to my diet and exercising routine which I am doing along with my husband this time which works fantastic since we motivate each other and help get the other one through it. I only began it at the beginning of this week but I can already see a difference in how I feel energy and appetite wise. I've touched on the subject several times but let me tell you a little bit about what my regimen entails:

1) I eat what I enjoy for breakfast, snacks, lunch and supper but within a calorie cutoff which I determined with myfitnesspal.com and that is 1200 calories. They measure by your specific height and weight to come to a number so it can be different for each person. On this daily calorie amount I have lost loads of weight in the past and I always feel satisfied at the end of a meal as well as between meals and never like I am depriving myself.

2) I cut down on the sugar. So no straight up chocolate, candy or soda during the weekdays but if I need to add a little sugar to my coffee I will do that.

3) I do a form of exercise for about an hour 5 nights a week whether that means just walking, my turbo-fire with chalene johnson workout dvds or strength training which includes sit-ups, crunches and squats to strengthen my belly area which is my main concern, exercising is extremely important to me. 



4) I firmly believe in taking a diet break over the weekend. That doesn't mean I stuff my face with oily foods and high calorie baked goods as soon as the weekend comes along it just means I don't count calories and I am still careful with what I'm putting in my mouth & I treat myself to one or two special things that I wouldn't otherwise during the week. I feel like it rewards me for being careful during the week and keeps me from getting overwhelmed. This has always worked well for me and I can still keep the weight off this way.

5) I drink 8 cups or more of water a day and I try to consume many fruits and veggies as well as alot of protein.

6) I don't eat after 8 at night but I do drink a cup of tea before bed- I make a mixture with 1 pu-erh tea bag which doesn't taste that fantastic but promotes healthy digestion and 1 chai tea bag which adds good flavor and a little bit of almond milk. 

I am not a nutritionist or diet expert this is just what has worked well for me in the past. Some diets work really well for some people and just don't work well at all for others and it's the same with exercises so I'm not trying to say everyone needs to go according to this exact plan to lose some weight or just shape up a bit. I just wanted to share what works for me.

So anyways back to the dish. I know not everyone would consider this healthy as it has pasta which is loaded with carbs and it looks oily but it actually only has a couple of teaspoons in total. The calories are not too terrible though as it is enough to fill me up for lunch or dinner and I love pasta! 

And finally the recipe:



Recipe Incorporated From Kosher By Design Entertains Cookbook by Susie Fishbein

457 Calories Per Serving
 Serving Size- 3 Cups 
Carbohydrates 41 Grams

This calculation was made through myfitnesspal.com where I log my daily calorie intake.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. Package Angel Hair Pasta
3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
3 Tablespoons Fresh Scallions, Sliced Thin
1 Red Pepper, Thinly Sliced
1 Yellow Pepper, Thinly Sliced
1 Teaspoon Fresh Garlic, Chopped Very Small
1/2 Package Snow Peas, Sliced
2 Teaspoons White Sugar
1/8 Cup Soy Sauce
2 Teaspoons Toasted Sesame Oil
Sprinkle of Ginger, Salt and White Pepper

Method:

1. Cook up pasta in salted boiling water for amount of time instructed on the back of the pasta box. Keep an eye on this one as it is very thin and cooks quickly. Drain the pasta once it's cooked through and put it to the side for a moment. 

2) Heat the olive oil in a non stick pan over a medium flame. Then add the scallions, red pepper, yellow pepper, fresh garlic and snow peas and saute for about 5 minutes. 

3) In a bowl combine the soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, ginger, salt and pepper and pour over veggies still in the pan. Heat over a low flame for a minute or two just to bring it all together. Then add the entire mixture to the already cooked pasta. 

4) Serve cold or warm. 

What do you like to eat when you diet? Let me know in the comments below I love to hear from readers!!

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26 comments:

  1. That looks ever so delicious ! Must try this :)

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  2. Ommmmmm looks so good. can i have some? hehehe.

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  3. This looks so yum! hungry!

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  4. This looks really good! I was actually going to make pasta tonight, but Ill do it tomorrow!


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  5. I love pasta and seriously in any form. This looks so yummy.

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  6. SPAGHETTI !! WOW !! Fantastic lunch idea!
    i wait for a "Beach party"!! have a nice day!!
    Federica
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  7. this looks delicious!

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  8. Amazing blog !
    Kisses from Poland;*

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  9. GiGi, I LOVE pasta salads when they are super cold out of the fridge and have a slight asian theme. Love the recipe you created and your helpful tips!

    -Nico

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  10. Uhmmmmm.... I love pasta, I'm italian!!!!
    xoxo

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  11. MMMMM get hunger when I see it, shall we follow? Let me know Xse

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  12. Oh this looks very yummy! I love pasta, great recipe!
    Kisses

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  13. Hi Lovely, thanks for your kind visit! Thanks so much for these wonderfully helpful tips, i will try to be disciplined and follow them. Pasta is my favourite and this dish looks incredibly yum, can't wait to try it. About the cruise, where we sailed, the sea was very calm, you didn't even feel the ship moving and you couldn't even hear the engines or anything else after it started. I was pretty amazed for a first time. Happy Friday!

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  14. look super delicious! need to try it <3 thank you for sharing :)

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