Would you like some pasta with your veggies?

So, I am officially in like with allrecipes.com. BHE has a liking for fettuccine alfredo, but since it’s fat-laden goodness is not exactly in tune with a healthy lifestyle, I tend not to make it. Enter Smarter Fettuccine Alfredo:

Green is Good.

This is a good base recipe for a light fettuccine alfredo, but I made several adjustments. I used wheat fettuccine – we always use whole wheat pasta; it’s good for you and we actually like the taste. During the last 3 minutes of pasta boiling, I threw in broccoli (a whole bunch). As I was cooking the pasta, I sauteed baby bella mushrooms and a small onion (sliced, of course) – olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder on that. Next time I will add some red pepper flakes because that just makes everything better, doesn’t it? If you don’t like heat, don’t put those babies in. Finally, I put some chicken tenderloins on the Foreman – salt, pepper, garlic powder again – and cut that up once they were cooked (note – I probably could have sauteed the chicken too, but I hate cutting up raw chicken, and the Foreman and I are good friends. We have history.)

I think this initial effort came out a little bland. Part of the guilt here falls on the amount of sauce – I added all these ingredients, but did not make extra sauce. Next time, I will make more sauce, and use those red pepper flakes.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by fairyfloss on November 5, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    http://www.allrecipes.com is one of THE BEST culinary sites around. I LOVE IT SO MUCH!
    I love the fact that so many recipes are rated by people who’ve tried the recipes.
    I’ve found some real kitchen classics that I have been trying to hunt down for years. The recipes really work in a home kitchen and directions are straight to the point and easy to follow for a homechef. The comments/ reviews are concise and the whole site format is so user friendly.

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  2. I use allrecipes.com a lot. You should also check out cookinglight.com.

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  3. Posted by Traci on November 6, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Yeah, we’ve tried one of the healthier alfredo recipes from Allrecipes.com too…the sauce was pretty good, just not as rich as “real” alfredo sauce.

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  4. Sounds terrific…never thought I’d hear the phrase “healthy alfredo”

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