That mess of pasta is my go to meal. I promise it is much more tasty than it looks. It is easy, tasty and healthy.
1.) Whole Grain Pasta. spaghetti in this case.
2.) Light Cream Cheese
3.) Olive Oil (I usually use extra virgin, but I just used what was on hand)
4.) Spices: cayenne pepper, oregano, basil, sea salt and cracked black pepper
5.) Sprinkle of parmesean and romano cheeses.
For starters, I will cook up half a box of pasta or use leftover pasta if I have it. If I have to cook it, I bring water to a boil and add about a teaspoon of olive oil to the boiling water. I like my pasta to be al dente, which is about 8-9 minutes. If I already have pasta cooked, I will put into a bown and warm it up for 35-40 seconds in the microwave.
Next is the light cream cheese. For freshly cooked pasta, I will already have the cream cheese in the bottom of a bowl and place the piping hot pasta over it. Once the pasta and cream cheese are blended together, I add the spices. I don’t have any set measurements, I just add until I think it tastses good. I love cayenne pepper, so I am usually a little heavy with that. I follow with the oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Finally, I add the salt, pepper and cheese..
What makes it healthy:
Whole wheat pasta is always a healthy option because of the protein and fiber. It also has calcium, iron and less calories than regular pasta.
Olive oil has monosaturated fatty acids (the good fat) and it is heart healthy. It is a little high in calories, so don’t overload on it. I will admit that I am guilty of this at times.
Cayenne pepper is a metabolism booster, anti-inflammatory, and it can also be used to detoxify your body.
Basil is an anti-inflammatory and is also good for cardiovascular health.
Oregano has antioxidants, fiber, minerals and vitamin C.