Saturday, August 03, 2013

Italian Pasta with Vegetables (Without The Pasta!)

This recipe has become one of our favourite weight loss staples here at YS Towers (which has been downsized to YS Semi-detached).  Originally I made this as a pasta dish, but gradually I have cut the amount of pasta and made it into a very low ProPoint* meal, but still very filling and tasty.

Quite a few of the meals I have been cooking for our weight loss plan are very simple, one pot meals. Fast and easy to cook, and they can be taken in to work in a bowl and re-heated. They are also very easy to play around with, add some other things you like, take out the chilli if you don't like that bit of heat, add some chopped rocket for a bit of peppery bite, just have a go. You could leave out the chorizo for a vegetarian dish, but the sausage really imparts a nice richness of flavour.

This is the meal with pasta, chopped rocket and parmesan.


Serves 2 generously

Ingredients

2 tsp Olive oil
1 onion
2 sticks celery, diced
6 mushrooms, chopped roughly
100g green beans, trimmed and blanched
1 red pepper, diced
60g diced chorizo sausage
1 tsp garlic puree
pinch of flaked chilli (to taste)
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
salt to taste (or half a chicken or veg stock cube)

Method

Blanche the green beans - drop the beans into boiling water, leave for about 90 seconds (depending on how crunchy you like them), then drain and put the beans into a pan of cold water to arrest the cooking process.

Chop all the other vegetables and gently fry them in the olive oil for 5 minutes. There isn't a lot of oil, so keep moving the veg so that it does not stick and burn.

Add the cumin, chilli, thyme and black pepper and cook for a minute.

Add the canned tomatoes and the tomato puree and cook for about 2-3 minutes, add the blanched green beans for 30 seconds of heating before serving.

ProPoints

I reckon this to be the equivalent of 2 ProPoints per serving, and a serving is a meal in itself. It's so cheap in points that you have have a generous spoonful or Parmesan cheese on top (for an extra 2 PP), or perhaps a glass of Valpolicella or two.

*ProPoints is a registered trademark owned by WeightWatchers. This blog is not endorsed by WeightWatchers. In mentioning ProPoints I have used information published by WeightWatchers. I have tried to be as accurate as possible, but the exact PP count might vary a little. To get the best from ProPoints I would advise joining WeightWatchers, I did and lost 4 stones in 5 months !
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