Thursday, May 13, 2010

Greek Pasta

Here is an easy recipe for one of my favorite pastas.
For ease in calculating points for a serving, amounts are shown for one serving only. To make for your family simply multiply by the number of servings you wish to make.

  • Pasta - any variety, Angel Hair pictured
  • 2 t olive oil
  • 1 t butter
  • Several cloves minced garlic
  • Capers
  • Several artichoke hearts in water (not oil)
  • 5 Kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1/3 oz. shaved parmesan

While cooking the pasta, simply melt the butter into the olive oil in a medium saucepan, sauté the garlic and add the other veggies to just warm them up. Once your pasta is cooked, measure out a 1 C serving into a pasta bowl and toss with the sauce. Add your shaved parmesan on top. Total WW points for this dish = 7.

I should mention a few things here for your info:
Parmesan: You’ll want to buy good quality cheese for the best flavor and thus, the most bang for your points/calories. I like Parmesan Reggiano which I buy at my local Trader Joe’s. This is a dish where sprinkling some of the powdered stuff out of can is not going to do.

Food amounts: You’ll notice I use weights in some of my recipes. The reason being is it tends to be more accurate than simply measuring. While I don’t want to end up with more than I should, I also don’t want to cheat myself by measuring something inaccurately when I could have received a larger portion if it had been weighed. Shaved and shredded cheeses are good examples of this.

Oil: The Weight Watcher’s program does not have you count the points for 2 t of healthy oil per day; this is part of the foods they want you to have daily and this amount is considered “free”. However, if you use more than this you are suppose to count it.

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