Hi! It's me Lauren bringing you my recipe of the week (and a couple of little fitness tips too!)
If I had to pick one type of meal to eat for the rest of my life, pasta would be it...hands down. I love me some pasta. The only problem is that the words "pasta" and "healthy" are most often not synonymous.
Enter THIS pasta recipe:
ORECCHIETTE WITH SAUSAGE, PEPPERS, AND FETA
*Note: I substitute the orecchiette pasta for wheat penne pasta, because it's a little bit healthier.
*4 servings (serving size 1 1/2 cups)
*8 oz. uncooked orecchiette pasta (about 2 cups)
*1 tsp. olive oil
*3 cups chopped or sliced red bell pepper
*1/2 tsp. salt, divided
*8 oz. turkey Italian sausage (*we like to buy spicy, but you can buy regular if you like)
*1 tsp. dried oregano
*1/2 tsp. bottled minced garlic (or fresh if you prefer)
*3/4 cup (3 oz.) crumbled feta cheese (*they make a reduced-fat version that's quite good)
*1/4 cup sliced pitted kalamata olives (*I don't like olives, so I leave these out...less calories too!)
*1/4 tsp. black pepper
1. Cook pasta according to directions. Drain pasta over a bowl and save 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and 1/4 tsp. salt; saute 2 minutes.
3. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, oregano, and garlic to pan; cook 4 minutes or until sausage is done, stirring to crumble.
4. Add pasta, reserved cooking liquid, 1/4 tsp. salt, cheese, olives and black pepper; cook 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently.
*Fat: 12.8 g
*Protein: 21.6 g
*Carbs: 48.6 g
*Fiber: 3.6 g
*Cholesterol: 67 mg
This is one of our favorite recipes. And although the hubs is a red meat lover through and through the Italian turkey sausage (spicy of course...that's how we cook most things at our house) gets the thumbs up from him. ALSO...I've forgotten to save the cooking liquid from the pasta before and completely left it out and it turned out just fine. And, if you want to include more of less of any ingredient, feel free. You can't really screw this up :).
Fitness Links of the Week:
*Here is my fitness link for the week:
*Also...if you have a Lululemon Athletica near you, check out their free yoga class offerings. They offer them on weekends and all throughout the month of January they're offering free classes every evening! It's a great way to try out yoga on the cheap.