Good day everyone! So, I ran into a blog post by the member "Thereseez" that had asked about photos of pictures of the healthy food other members have made. This got me thinking that I could share my recent obsession: zucchini pasta.
This was the first time I made zucchini pasta. It was a shrimp and bay scallop zucchini pasta (seafood packs a lot of protein with very little calories comparatively to its counterparts). I used a hint of moscato (white wine) in with the sauce and the different vegetables were the main source of sauce, with a hint of butter and a heavy hand of seasonings such as garlic and basil. This dish was approximately 300 calories.
My second time cooking it, I marinated shrimp and bay scallops in a smoked paprika, garlic and white pepper rub for a half hour. Again most of the sauce came from the juice of cooking the vegetables, but I did splash a small amount of moscato again. I made this dish a tad spicy, really working the smoked paprika angle. If it has impact with flavor, I tend to feel more satisfied. This dish, including the nice large piece of cod was less than 400 calories.
I'm a sucker for spaghetti and meatballs (authentic Italian version.. with spice). This dish I made when I was craving it, instead of a full tomato sauce, I used a bit of vodka sauce (I also call it a pink sauce. Think spaghetti sauce and alfredo sauce combined). Once again, I used the cook down of vegetables to create the bulk of the sauce (it helps reduce calories while maintaining a saucy and flavorful dish). I normally make my own meatballs, but this time I used frozen meatballs as they were easier to keep track of the calories. Dish was under 400 calories total.
This one is not zucchini pasta, but it is another weakness of mine: Brussel sprouts sautéed in garlic butter. The bulk of the calories was in the butter and the steak, but it was very filling and satisfying! With this dish... you need to caramelize the Brussel sprouts in that garlic butter, that where the flavor pops! If you have only had steamed or boiled Brussel sprouts... you have no idea how good they are! This dish remained under 400 calories.
Last, but not least, my most recent meal I took a photo of (perhaps I will start taking regular photos and sharing some recipes), is of creamy fire roasted tomato basil soup with zucchini fettuccini and topped with wild Alaskan cod and avocado. Total calories: under 300!
I love to cook, and changing my eating habits has proven to be an inspiration for creativity in the kitchen. I wish I had more photos of some of what I make, but this is what I have so far! Hope you were inspired!