This is a quick and easy dinner I whipped up the other night. I knew pasta was on the dinner menu, but I had no real other inclination as to what to do with it … until I saw a jar of Ragu Light Alfredo sauce. Alfredo pasta it shall be!
This was a rather quick, easy and filling meal I was able to whip up in less than 20 minutes.I had some Tyson Lightly Breaded Chicken Strips that I popped into the oven to crisp up while I set a pot of water on to boil. I was boiling up some Al Dente Carba-Nada pasta for myself. I popped a bag of fresh broccoli and carrots into the microwave and let them steam.When the pasta was done, I drained it, added in some black pepper, tossed in the broccoli and carrots, then added in some Ragu Light Alfredo sauce. I actually made 2 servings, one serving for diner and another to have for lunch the following day.
Since pasta, without a protein is something I don’t eat; I weighed out 3 ounces of chicken and served that alongside my pasta dish. It was delicious, filling and a perfectly different meal.The entire plate was only 10 points plus values.
Last week my boyfriend and I were in the mood for pizza … but I particularly wanted a lighter pizza. Since we had some leftover pita bread from a local Lebanese bakery I decided pita bread pizzas were in order. So that’s exactly what I whipped up for us.Since the bread is thinner than your average grocery store pita bread, the crust becomes a thin and crispy crust. The pita is pretty large in size, so it makes the illusion of a small/medium sized pizza.
If you don’t have homemade pita bread available in your area, you can substitute using tortillas, thin crust pizza shells (Biboli or Archer Farms brand – but these will make multiple serving pizzas), or Flat Out thins.
I used a whole pita, ¼ cup Ragu Robusto spaghetti sauce, ¼ cup fat free mozzarella, 3 slices of Hormel turkey pepperoni (diced), ¼ cup Jimmy Dean turkey sausage crumbles, and 4 slices of bell peppers diced.
It was perfect, filling and delicious.The greatest part is the whole pizza was only 7 points plus values!
Do you like making lighter versions of pizza at home?
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 typeof 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?