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Stoplight Pepper Pasta

Here is a fantastically healthy summer pasta dish that is delicious!

Ingredients (for 1 serving):
5 oz whole wheat pasta
½ chopped red bell pepper
½ chopped yellow pepper
1 cup chopped spinach
1 clove crushed garlic
1 tbs olive oil
1/8 cup water
½ cup Muir Glen pasta sauce (or other organic brand)
½ ounce crumbled feta cheese

  • Cook pasta according to directions and set aside.
  • In a non stick frying pan, heat the olive oil on medium high for 30 seconds. Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute, then add chopped peppers and water and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Now add chopped spinach and pasta sauce and cook for 4-5 more minutes, until spinach is just getting wilted.
  • Remove sauce from heat. Add the cooked pasta, mix, and transfer to serving dish.
  • Top with crumbled feta and enjoy!

The Stats*: Calories: 440 Carbs: 55.1 Fat: 18.4 Protein: 12.4
*may vary depending on the type of pasta and sauce you use.

And even more importantly, here’s the break down of health benefits of this meal:

  • Olive oil is a rich, monounsaturated fat: a type of fat that researchers are discovering has excellent health benefits.
  • Garlic has numerous health benefits including reducing artery plaque and contributing to lower blood pressure.
  • Whole grains are great for fiber, but also contain antioxidants, iron and magnesium.
  • The key nutrients in spinach are vitamin K and A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron and vitamin C. You probably know about Vitamin C and it’s role in protecting the body from virus and disease. But Vitamin A too is critical for a variety of functions including vision, immune function, bone metabolism, and antioxidant activity.
  • Bell peppers adding even more vitamin A & C
  • Feta cheese adds calcium to the mix for more bone support.

And voila, you’ve got one power packed meal!



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This entry was posted on August 27, 2009 by in Food and Diet.
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