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Healthy Meals at Home for Less

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Everyday Elbows

(Family Features) - Eating well and saving money can go hand-in-hand. According to Tami Ross, RD, LD, CDE, 2008 Diabetes Educator of the Year and author of "Diabetes Meals on $7 a Day - or Less!" with the right ingredients and a little planning, preparing delicious and nutritious meals does not have to break the bank.

For example, this recipe for Everyday Elbows makes dining in not only budget-friendly (about $1.40 per serving), but delicious and healthy, as well. The addition of lean ham and olives give this family favorite a new and exciting twist beyond the basic marinara sauce. Plus, the quick convenience (30 minutes start to finish) makes it perfect for any night of the week.

"Using Dreamfields Pasta provides an added health boost," says Ross, "because it delivers twice the fiber (five grams), fewer digestible carbohydrates and a lower glycemic index than traditional pasta. These health benefits, along with having all the taste and texture of traditional pasta, make Dreamfields an ideal choice for the 81 million Americans with diabetes or pre-diabetes, and the entire family, too."

Versatile pasta can be combined with a variety of ingredients for a nutritious and flavorful meal in no time. To save even more money, Ross recommends stocking up on ingredients when they are on sale, and keeping essential favorites on hand to create quick, healthy meals.

For more recipes and information about healthy eating, visit www.DreamfieldsFoods.com. To purchase Ross' book, visit the online bookstore at the American Diabetes Association Web site, www.diabetes.org.

Everyday Elbows

Ingredients
  • 1 box Dreamfields Elbows
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 4 ounces cooked ham, cut into thin strips
  • 1 jar (26 ounces) marinara (pasta) sauce (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons pitted ripe black olives, halved or quartered
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation
    1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pan; keep warm.
    2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and ham; cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring frequently. Stir in marinara sauce and olives. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in parsley. Add sauce to pasta; toss. Serve with Parmesan cheese.

Preparation Time
10 minutes

Cook Time
20 minutes

Calories: 280g     Total Fat: 15g
Cholesterol: 15mg     Protein: 15g
Carbohydrates: 8g     Sodium: 410mg

Serves
Makes 6 main dish servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Note: Recipe was tested with 0g fat pasta sauce.

*If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 48 g carbohydrate per serving.

SOURCE: Dreamfields Pasta



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