Archive for April 29th, 2007

New jelly in town

One of the products I use as a dessert in my low-calorie diet is Del Monte’s “Mandarin Oranges in Lite Orange Gel” (or peach). The pack has 4 cups, 128 gr each, for 60 calories each. Today I found a brand new product from Jell-O though, called “Jell-O Fruit Passions” (difficult to find as of yet, I got it at San Mateo’s Draeger’s), which has 60 or 70 calories (depending on the flavor, choose from 4 different flavors) for a full 170 grams. Their cups are huge! Very filling. Price wise Jell-O’s new line is 20% cheaper than Del Monte’s, but the thing is that Del Monte offers 4 small cups while Jell-O 2 bigger ones. Nevertheless, the Jell-O version will definitely replace the Del Monte ones in my diet (even if it requires refrigeration at all times and has smaller expiration date). Jell-O’s version lets me eat 25% more, for the same amount of calories.

Diet Recipe: Spaghetti Tricolori

As long as you don’t follow a very-low-carb diet, but instead a low-fat/low-calorie one, this filling vegetarian recipe is perfect for your carb cravings, at just 200 calories. It is adapted from one of Ronzoni’s recipe suggestions to fit a low-cal diet. Only requirement is that you should like peppers!

Ingredients (for 1)
* 45 gr of Ronzoni Healthy Harvest spaghetti (140 cals)
* 1 small red onion or shallot, finely chopped (3 cals)
* 1 clove of garlic, minced (2 cals)
* 50 gr of red, yellow and green bell peppers, cut into strips (15 cals)
* 25 gr of frozen peas (20 cals)
* 1/3 tablespoon of cornstarch (10 cals)
* 1/2 cup of fat-free vegetable (or chicken) broth (8 cals)
* 1 teaspoon of finely chopped fresh basil (2 cals)
* 0 calorie non-stick spray

Execution
1. Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain.
2. In the same pan you cooked the pasta, spray twice with the non-stick spray. Saute the onion for 30 seconds under high heat.
3. Add the garlic, peppers, peas and basil. Saute for about 1 minute. Add the broth and bring into boil.
4. Add the cornstarch and keep stirring. Boil and stir for a few more minutes, until the sauce is thickened and most of the juice has evaporated.
5. Add the drained pasta into the mix, stir a few times, and serve hot. Enjoy!


My filling Sunday lunch!