Source: Catherine Kruppa, registered licensed dietitian at The Houstonian Club
Some healthy foods costs less than $1.00 and can still help people lose weight.
Yields 4 servings (serving size is approximately 1 1/4 cups)
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
- Cooking spray
- 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
- 2 cups tightly packed fresh baby spinach (about 1 1/4 ounces)
- 1 1/2 cups cubed reduced-fat silken tofu (about 6 ounces)
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 cups hot cooked whole wheat spaghetti (about 8 ounces uncooked)
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- Place tomatoes, cut sides up, on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray.
- Drizzle tomatoes with 2 teaspoons oil; sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.
- Bake at 450° for 7 minutes or until tender.
- Combine remaining 2 teaspoons oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, spinach, tofu, and next 5 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor; process until smooth.
- Combine spinach mixture and pasta in a large skillet; cook over low heat 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring occasionally.
- Gently stir in tomatoes and toasted pine nuts.
- Serve immediately.
306 (31% from fat)
10.6g (sat 2.1g,mono 4.8g,poly 2.6g)