Friday, March 7, 2008

Food that's Fast and Fit

New to the cook book ranks: Ellen Haas has written Fast and Fit (Hatherleigh Press): healthy, well-balanced meals that fit into your overworked schedule and busy lifestyle.
The book takes a holistic approach to weight management, weight loss and overall healthy eating. Fast and Fit offers menus, personal menu planners, shopping lists and recipes.

Here’s a basic pasta dish with a slight 401 calories.

Spinach Fettuccine with Artichokes
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Yield: 4 servings
3/4 pound spinach fettuccine
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 15-ounce cans artichokes, cut into 1/8ths
1 cup chopped tomatoes, fresh or canned
salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fettuccine and cook until al dente.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the artichokes and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
Drain the fettuccine, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. Return the fettuccine to the pot and toss with 1/2 of the Parmesan cheese and the reserved cooking liquid. Add the artichoke mixture and toss again.
Divide the fettuccine among 4 warm bowls and garnish with the remaining Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.
Serving Size: 1 bowl