Having a healthy lifestyle does not mean you have to give up all of the foods you love! I’m always looking for fresh healthy alternatives to the foods that I love. I personally enjoy great food so giving up the things that I like to eat is not my ideal of enjoyment! With all of the mixed messages we receive regarding food choices and a healthy lifestyle getting a good handle on it all can be overwhelming and so confusing??!! For me keeping things simple when it comes to food is the best way to go. Right now I’m all about consuming TONS of healthy fats, lowering my daily sugar intake and increasing the protein in my diet. If you’re not making your food at home…you should be I mean, I know it stinks since we are all busy people on the go and convience foods make life easiser… I’m a mom so I know a break from cooking and cleaning is always welcomed, but on the flip side of that it’s so important to know exactly what you’re eating! If it taste good who cares what’s in it right, sometimes yes all of the time..NO!! I don’t think any of us would be surprised to find out what’s in some of our local food favorites not to mention the expense! I’m not saying go crazy obsessive about it and stop eating at your favorite food spots because what fun would that be!! You would be surprised by what you can do by preparing healthier options at home, with a little time and preparation it becomes like second nature before you know it you’ll be experminting and throwing all sorts of yummy healthy things together! Part of the journey is educating myself about what “good” food is and making choices that benefit me and my family. Make great healthy food without spending a lot of time in the kitchen gets eaiser and eaiser, it ends up being a lot cheaper too which is a BIG win win for me and my pocketbook! This is my healthier version of veggie Chow Mein was so easy to make plus quick and delicious!
What you will need 1 pkg of uncooked Barilla Plus Spaghetti (great source of protein, fiber ALA-omega 3’s
1/2 cup of chopped onions
1 cup of finely sliced cabbage
1/2 cup of onions
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 cloves of crushed garlic
1 TBS of Nutiva Red Palm/Coconut oil whole foods
Boil pasta on your stove top follow instructions on the box I usually add salt and oil to my boiling water to give pasta more flavor after it’s cooked, drain and leave a little of the pasta water reserved in the pot for later. In a separate pan heat oil and sauté your onions and carrots together until translucent season with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes to taste then add your mushrooms until they are cooked season and add crushed garlic to mixture, remove your veggies from pan and place to the side, in the same pan cook your cabbage on medium to high heat you only want to cook it for a few minutes just enough so the cabbage is wilted but not completely limp season again with a little salt and pepper, to your cabbage add your drained cooked pasta with a little bit of pasta water reserve then add your onions carrots, garlic and mushrooms mixture back to the pasta, pasta water and cabbage toss everything together and remove from heat and add soy sauce to taste and enjoy!! This dish was so fresh and flavorful, clean…. go crazy with your veggies too you can add broccoli, sprouts, snow-peas whatever you like make food you love that’s healthy, creative and good for you!