I found out about the Al Dente brand Carba-Nada noodles thanks to a fellow Weight Watchers member whom I follow on Instagram. After seeing a few dishes she made with the noodles, I decided to go on the hunt. And by hunt, I meant stalk. I checked a few of my local stores pasta sections but continued to come up empty handed – so I went to the Al Dente website and did a search for my local area to see what stores sold the brand. The only downfall is the search gives you stores that sell the brand not the particular type of pasta you are looking for. There were only 2 local stores (one that I knew and the other I didn’t) that sold the brand – so I called the store closest to me, that I was familiar with and had a customer service rep take a peak in the pasta aisle to see if they sold Carba-Nada. To my surprise she said they did in the original flavor and the roasted garlic flavor. So I ran to the store and picked up a bag of each (they were around $5 a bag) but I do know if you cannot find it in your area you can purchase on Amazon – granted it’s a little more expensive, but they are available.
So what is so great about this pasta? 1 ½ cups (dry) is ONLY 3 points plus values! That is AMAZING!
Enough of my bragging aside – onto the meal I created. I went ahead and boiled myself off 1 ½ cups of roasted garlic Carba-nada pasta. When done, I mixed in some steamed broccoli I had cooked (about 1 cup), a little salt, black pepper and ½ cup Ragu Light Parmesan Alfredo (3 points plus – 2 servings). I mixed together so all ingredients were combined and plated it up. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to see how MUCH was on my plate for only 6 points! Usually with regular pasta, I get 1 cup and the sauce of my choice depends (whether homemade or bottled). Carba-nada noodles definitely help me get my “moneys worth” on my plate!
For a protein I baked off some Purdue Simply Smart Lightly Breaded Chicken Tenders in the oven. Since I stumbled upon these frozen chicken tenders (as well as the little nuggets) I have been obsessed. They’re white meat chicken, delicious and very low in points. My boyfriend really enjoys them, which is a double positive. What’s plated is 3 ounces (a serving) is only 3 points plus. Delicious.
9 points plus for all on my dinner plate and it was fabulous. There was so much I ended up eating half, and finishing the rest of it later on that night.
Is there any dish you’ve wanted to lighten up lately?