I have a pretty simple solution when it comes to replacing pasta in recipes with spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles in order to make sure it's a satisfying meal. First of all I take a look at the calorie count to see what kind of modifications I may need. Since cooked pasta has about 200 calories per 1 cup cooked (2 oz.) you can immediately cut subtract around 170 calories from the total. Then I look at the new calorie information and overall recipe to decide if that simple switch is enough, or if I need to supplement to make it a meal and bump up the calorie and/or protein count. Then to do that, I simply add more protein or add a simple protein source if there wasn't one like chicken, sausages, or shrimp. That's it.
For today's recipe, the original recipe called for cheese tortellini. Eliminating that, I was left with only 139 calories per servings so I knew I needed to add something. Based on the flavor profile, I decide to go with chicken sausages since they cook up in minutes and I thought would add some great flavor to the overall recipe. That's basically it!
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