Last week, Mike and I went to the Ex. I really don’t like rides because they’re terrifying and I just end up feeling nauseous, but I promised I’d go on at least one ride, so I did. And it was awful and I felt nauseous for the rest of the night. So since I hate rides, the thing I usually look forward to at the fair is all the food! With Sugar-Free September in full swing, funnel cake, soft-serve and deep-fried Mars bars were obviously off limits. It was a bit of a bummer 🙁 But the other thing I really enjoy about the Ex, are all the vendor booths selling all their As Seen on TV-style products. A couple years ago we got a great deal on our Vitamix, which totally changed my smoothie-making life.
This year, I picked up two new products. The first was a jewelry cleaner, which made my ring super sparkly, and the second is this super low calorie pasta called nuPasta.
Since I’ve been calorie counting, I usually avoid pasta, since it’s such a calorie bomb. I’d much rather eat spaghetti squash or spiralized veg noodles, since that saves me a whole lot of calories that are better put towards a nice sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan (or dessert).
I’d heard about “miracle noodles” before, some sort of super low-cal pasta that I’d also heard smelled pretty fishy. When I saw the nuPasta booth at the Ex, I was excited to try the sample they were dishing out. I gave nuPasta a try, and with no hint of fishy smell, I was quickly sold and I picked up a box of each: spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair.
nuPasta is made from the konjac yam and is gluten-free, low-carb and very low calorie. With only 25 calories per serving, pasta can now easily fit within my calories budget. Awesome! (Oh, can someone figure out how to turn this stuff into cake? That would be much appreciated.)
The noodles come packaged in water and need to be drained and rinsed before heating. They’re already cooked, so they just need to be warmed up in sauce. Before I drained the package, I gave it a good sniff, and I didn’t detect any fishy smell at all!
I made a quick pesto and tossed nuPasta’s fettuccine with sauteed onions, roasted cherry tomatoes and grilled chicken. The whole thing came in under 400 calories. If I’d used regular fettuccine, my meal would have totaled over 700 calories!
Ok, so nuPasta isn’t 100% exactly the same as your regular wheat pasta but it definitely passes as pasta, tasted delicious and was totally worth the calorie savings. Mike described it like this, “It’s like whole wheat pasta versus white pasta. You know it’s not the same, but it’s still pasta.” (He also called it an “impasta'” …like imposter …pasta, lol)
- 1 package nuPasta fettuccine
- 3 oz chicken breast, sliced
- ½ cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 cup, cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 cups fresh basil
- ¼ cup + 1 tbs olive oil
- ¼ cup almonds
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper, to taste
- red pepper flakes, optional
- Parmesan cheese for serving, optional
- In a blender or food processor, combine basil, olive oil, garlic, almonds and Parmesan cheese
- Blend until smooth and season to taste
- Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a large pan over medium heat
- Sauté cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and sliced chicken breast until browned and chicken is cooked through (7-10 minutes)
- Drain and rinse nuPasta and combine in pan
- Toss with pesto, and red pepper flakes if desired
- Top with Parmesan cheese and serve