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

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!


Julia Havey wrote on April 30th, 2007 at 3:45 AM PST:

Your pasta recipe looks great. I am going to send it along to my readers. You may want to pass this along to yours if they are a carb lovers; breads, pasta, potatoes and you have thought that to lose weight you can NEVER eat them, or to keep it off those foods have to be gone forever; NOT SO! There is a product that has gotten FDA structural function “OK”, it’s purpose is to nuetralize starchy foods/comfort foods like pasta, bread and potatoes, so that your body digests them as FIBER rather than SUGAR! and that is a good thing! It helps with 30-40% of those carbs. SO, you can’t have a loaf of bread, but you can have a dinner roll, or a sandwich or a healthy serving of pasta, and get a little help from Phase II. Learn more about it at Phase2Info and you can buy it at Wal-mart, GNC, etc.

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Eugenia wrote on April 30th, 2007 at 7:54 AM PST:

Julia, thank you for the link, but I am personally against pills and other chemical products that change how our body works (or others that are pure scams). If we can’t naturally and healthily keep off the weight, then we don’t deserve to lose it. That’s just my opinion.

Julia Havey wrote on April 30th, 2007 at 9:46 AM PST:

Eugenia, you are totally right! What I like about Phase II is that is natura, it is white bean extract, not something like Merida, Phen Phen or other dangerous “diet” drugs.
The FDA not only gave Phase 2 (all natural white kidney bean extract) generally recognized as safe GRAS status but the FDA also recognized two structure function claims “may assist in weight control when used in conjunction with a sensible diet” (like yours) and the biggie for your pasta dish “may reduce the enzymatic digestion of dietary starches”

I agree that not only should people try to consume an all natural diet omitting artificial ingredients even like the ones found in diet soda. My approach, in my book, The Vice Busting Diet, has been endorsed by Oprah’s drs David Katz and Mehmet Oz because I do just that, help people lose weight healthfully and naturally–getting rid of all of their junk.

Phase II isn’t the answer to weight loss, it is just a great tool to help with it!

We also need to work smart on our diet and dieting techniques harnessing all of the proven safe and effective natural products we can. Conducting Mediline & Pubmed searches, checking out the FDA website and talking with MD’s that practice truly integrative medicine we can be assured that we are safely stacking the deck in our favor to succeed and using our continued education as our personal insurance policy to keep what we have obtained.

Hope that helps you better understand me, my opinion/approach

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Eugenia wrote on April 30th, 2007 at 11:11 AM PST:

Julia, I checked that product out and here is what it is consistend of: Phaseolus Vugaris (a special bean extract in big doses).

By googling, I found this:
Phaseolus Vugaris extract has been favorably compared with the actions of a non-insulin dependant diabetic drug called glibenclamide. Glibenclamide increases pancreatic sensitivity to glucose thus resulting in an increase in insulin. In other studies Phaseolus Vulgaris Extract has been shown to increase the sensitivity and number of insulin receptors in relation to muscle tissue.”

Not only I’m not a big fan of trying to mess with my internal chemistry but the first result wouldn’t be good in a South-Beach diet environment – this extract explicitly tries to cause an insulin spike.

So, I would avoid it. Being FDA-approved doesn’t mean jack IMHO. Just eat a little bit of everything and not more, and exercise. This 10000-year old advice is still the best to maintain health and lose weight.

Julia Havey wrote on May 1st, 2007 at 4:01 AM PST:

Eugenia, All I can really say is that I use it. After having lost 130 pounds totally naturally, exactly as you and I both agree is the right way to do it, I have slowly regained 15 pounds over the past 2 years. I realized that I was eating more bread than I had been, and some pasta each week. I discovered Phase II and changed nothing else and have lost 8 pounds–so, it has to be having a positive effect, and I get my blood levels checked regularly by my doctor and he is pleased with everything, and he specifically checks me for diabetes because of family history with it.

The ONLY things that I take are Juice Plus, Phase II and occasional Tylenol for old age aches and pains. I really am a natural/clean living advocate.

Hope this helps.

Shelley wrote on May 2nd, 2007 at 8:07 AM PST:

So why aren’t you exercising? ;-)

I used to be obese. I used to hate exercise. Then I finally got into eating right, i.e. cutting out sugar, processed foods, chemical cocktail “foods” and eating clean, and exercising. I went from being a bloated beachball to 17% bodyfat and a Jiu-Jitsu competitor. I didn’t need any “magic pills” to get this way. I still eat bread and pasta once in a while.

Check out this site for information on how to start eating right and exercising. And do stay away from the “magic pills”.

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