nuPasta LOW-CALORIE Noodles: Teriyaki Pork Noodle Salad (Under 300 calories)

Low-Calorie Teriyaki Pork Noodle Salad

Since  I’m currently counting calories to lose weight for my wedding, eggs, grilled chicken and tuna served up on salads have been my easy go-to low-cal meals lately. They might not be the most exciting meals, but those dinners take only minutes to prepare and serve up a good dose of protein, which is perfect for when I get home from work and am totally ravenous. nuPasta low-calorie noodles have been a calorie- and time-saving grace!If I can’t whip something together ASAP, I risk raiding the cupboards, so it’s important for me to be able to put together quick and easy meals.

Low-Calorie Teriyaki Pork NuPasta Noodle Salad

By using NuPasta, I didn’t even need to bring a pot of water to a boil. You might remember when I wrote about these miracle noodles after picking up a few boxes at the CNE last month. NuPasta’s super low-calorie noodles are already cooked and just need to be rinsed and heated, or served up cold as they are in this salad.

After peeling my carrots, I continued on and peeled ribbons for the salad. If you’re not totally lazy, you can spiralize the carrot, too. Now knowing that I was too lazy to pull out my veggie spiralizer, you definitely know this is a total lazy-girl easy weeknight dinner.

Teriyaki Pork Noodle Salad

Use nuPasta low-calorie noodles in this quick and easy Teriyaki Pork Noodle Salad. This flavorful and hearty dinner salad is under 300 calories per serving.

SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

1 lb pork tenderloin, cut into 1″ slices
2 tbs coconut oil
1 package nuPasta angel hair pasta, drained and rinsed
2 carrots, peeled
1/4 red onion
10 cups spinach
salt and pepper
Marinade:
1 cup tamari
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1 tbs crushed garlic
Dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbs tamari
2 tbs red wine vinegar
1 tbs Dijon mustard

INSTRUCTIONS:

Prepare marinade by mixing tamari, vinegar and garlic in a large bowl or ziplock
Toss tenderloin in marinade and set aside
Spiralize or peel carrots into thin ribbons and combine with onion and spinach in a large salad bowl
Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat (Click here for non-stick copper pan reviews)
Season pork well with coarse salt and pepper
Cooking half of the sliced pork pieces at a time to avoid crowding the pan, cook 4-5 minutes per side until browned and under internal temperature reaches 150F, remove from heat an let rest for 3 minutes
Prepare salad dressing (mix oil, tamari, red wine vinegar and mustard)
Add cold noodles and dressing to salad and toss
Arrange salad on plates and top with pork

Low-Calorie Teriyaki Pork Noodle Salad

Oven-Roasted Drumsticks & Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts GIVEAWAY

I received a free package of Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Havest to review on the blog. All opinions described in this review are my own.

Oven-roasted chicken drumsticks breaded with hemp heartsSince my last weight-loss update, I’m now down another 3 lbs for a total loss of 18 lbs since January. Woohoo! As I’ve mentioned before, increasing protein intake has really helped me feel full longer, and it has gone a long way in helping me stick to my weight-loss goals.

In addition to filling up on healthy high protein foods like meat, eggs, yogurt, and nuts, I’d started regularly using protein powder, which I added to my low-sugar green smoothies. My favourite protein powders are from Kaizen and Vega, both of which offer delicious protein powders in a whole variety of flavours (I usually stick with vanilla or chocolate).

But for Sugar-Free September, I’m avoiding Stevia in addition to other added sugars and sweeteners, so my usual protein powders are off limits for the month.

Just in time for Sugar-Free September, Manitoba Harvest generously sent me a package of their hemp hearts to try. Hemp seeds are a great, sugar-free source of plant-based protein. Each 30 gram serving contains 10 grams of protein. Hemp hearts have a subtle nutty flavour and can be blended into smoothies, stirred into sauces and soups, and baked into muffins and cakes. I’ve been enjoying them sprinkled on salads, stirred into oatmeal and today I’m sharing a recipe for Oven-Roasted Drumsticks with a hemp heart breading. Click here for the best rotisserie oven options.

Hemp Hearts are a great protein sourceHemp breaded chicken drumsticks

For even more protein, Manitoba Harvest offers a selection of protein powders. (Also, looking forward to trying these hemp snack bites!) Manitoba Harvest’s manufacturing facilities are exclusively dedicated to hemp products, which eliminates the risk of cross-contamination with allergens, including peanuts, which can be a challenge with other protein powders.

Manitoba Harvest is offering one lucky reader the opportunity to try their Hemp Hearts, too. For your chance to win, enter the contest with Rafflecopter below. Winners must be from Canada or the US.

A winner will be randomly selected on September 23rd.

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Oven-Roasted Drumsticks Breaded w/ Hemp Hearts

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Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken drumsticks (bone-in with skin)
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
  • 2 tbs bread crumbs
  • 2 tbs grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbs Italian seasoning
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbs coconut oil

 Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Rinse chicken and pat dry with a paper towel
  3. In a shallow bowl, mix mustard with crushed garlic
  4. In another bowl, combine hemp hearts, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper
  5. Roll chicken in mustard mixture and then thoroughly coat with bread crumb mixture
  6. Place chicken on pan greased with coconut oil
  7. Bake for 25 minutes, flip and bake for an additional 30 minutes
  8. For extra crispiness, broil for 2 minutes

Hemp-Breaded Chicken Drumsticks

LOW-CALORIE Grilled Chicken Fettuccine w/ Almond-Basil Pesto | nuPasta

low-calorie pasta

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.

low-calorie pasta

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. Continue Reading

Sweet Potato Noodles

sweet potato noodles

It’s winter and it’s cold and it’s dark and it’s the time of year when I look for comfort in big bowls of hot and saucy pasta. But it’s also the New Year and only a couple weeks into January so it’s way too early to be giving up on those New Year’s resolutions, right? Eat healthy, eat less chocolate, hit the gym, all of that. Well thank goodness for my spiralizer because with these Sweet Potato Noodles I can dig into a great big bowl of pasta for only a fraction of the calories.

While I’ve been obsessed with my spiralizer for quite some time now, this is actually the first time I tried spiralizing sweet potato. So quick, so delicious. I tossed in a handful of edamame, which made this extra filling, but these sweet potato noodles can be dressed up in a million different ways, just like regular pasta. They’re even the perfect, healthy base to balance out that favourite heavy meat or rich cream sauce.

sweet potato noodles

Sweet Potato Noodles
 
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Serves: 2-3
Ingredients
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and spiralized
  • ½ Spanish onion, chopped
  • ½ cup edamame
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1 tbs olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, bring water to a boil and add frozen edamame, cook for 4-5 minutes, strain
  2. Heat oil over medium heat in a large pan
  3. Add onion and sweet potato and saute until tender, about 7-10 minutes
  4. Add marinara sauce, cooked edamame and spices

sweet potato noodles