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, sliced thinly
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 red 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

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

Gluten-Free Flax Bread for Sugar-Free September

easiest gluten free bread

Since I probably totally grossed you out by sharing that whole hair-in-bread thing, this morning I’m sharing a great recipe to make up for it. This healthy flax bread takes 45 minutes from start to in your mouth.

My hand mixer would not turn on when I went to mix this so I whisked by hand and it turned out nicely.

sugar-free bread

I wanted a quick and super easy bread recipe that was going to be sugar-free for Sugar-Free September and contained simple ingredients that I had on hand. I found and based my bread on this recipe on glutenfreeeasily.com.

Easy to prepare and packed full of healthy flax, this loaf doesn’t crumble, making it ideal for toast or sandwiches.

Gluten-Free Flax Bread Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Bread, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free
Serves: 10-12
Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • 1⅓ cups brown rice flour
  • ⅔ cups ground flax seeds
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbs liquid coconut oil
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbs sesame seeds
  • 1 tbs flax seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients
  3. Add oil and eggs and mix gently
  4. Transfer batter to greased and floured loaf pan
  5. Top with sesame and flax seeds
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes

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Healthy sugar-free apple muffins

breakfast

Two sugar-free weeks down! Woohoo! I’m halfway through Sugar-Free September and I’m feeling great. Although I haven’t felt very deprived at all, I’ve actually lost 4 pounds without even trying. I didn’t think I was eating that much sugar, so it’s pretty crazy that cutting it out has helped me drop a bit of extra weight. I’m not even sure what the biggest change in my diet has been. Other than avoiding store-bought salad dressing and steering clear of the candy aisle, I don’t feel like I’m missing all that much.

sugar free healthy muffins

But I guess usually I would have eaten a few store-bought baked goods, and I would have probably eaten out at a restaurant 2 or 3 times. Maybe some all-you-can-eat sushi or thin-crust pizza. There might have been a bowl of ice cream, maybe a few handfuls of chips. Definitely a chocolate bar. Then there would have been that drizzle of maple syrup on my granola and those extra bananas in my morning smoothies. Even a pumpkin spice latte.

I guess that all does add up!

Having cut all those things out, what has my typical day looked like? Thinking back to the last two weeks, here’s a sample of my recent meals:

Breakfast: low-sugar green smoothie

Snack: a piece of fruit (apple, grapefruit, peach)

Lunch: large salad of kale or mixed greens, lots of veg and topped with a sweet potato quinoa patty, avocado, or grilled chicken

Snack: salted nori or blueberries

Dinner: pasta primavera or a big bowl of spaghetti squash or a millet bowl

Late-Night Snack: sugar-free granola with almond milk, raspberries and cocoa nibs or chopped veggies and hummus or chia pudding with chocolate coconut mousse or a slice of sugar-free peach pie

Eating like this has left me feeling light, but energized. I’ll admit though, I have been fantasizing about the Nutella crepes I’m going to be enjoying next month while in Paris!

While I definitely won’t be avoiding sugar for ever, I am realizing that there are lots of places I can cut it out. Like these super easy healthy sugar-free apple muffins, which are perfect for ushering in the cooler fall weather with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Unsweetened apple sauce and a flax egg make for this easy muffin recipe that is vegan and contains absolutely zero added sugars.

I went with a pared down version, but these muffins are the perfect base for loads of fun mix-ins. Go crazy with blueberries, raisins or chocolate chips or add a smear of sugar-free chia jam and you won’t be missing any of the sugar or eggs at all.

basic muffin recipe

Healthy sugar-free apple muffins
 
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Recipe type: healthy, vegan, muffins, sugar-free, gluten-free
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 egg: use flax egg for vegan option (3 tbs warm water + 1 tbs ground flax seed)
  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • ½ vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cups unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • 1 cup gluten-free oatmeal
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a small bowl, mix ground flax with water and set aside to thicken for 2-3 minutes
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine coconut oil, vanilla, apple sauce
  4. Stir in flax egg
  5. Mix well
  6. Add remaining ingredients except apple and mix until smooth
  7. Gently stir in chopped apple
  8. Fill greased muffin tins ⅔ full
  9. Sprinkle small pinch of oatmeal on top
  10. Bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean

sugar-free muffins