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Meal Suggestions for Cooked Pasta

With the quicker cooking pastas now available at most markets these days, fresh pasta is only a few minutes away from the boiling water to the meal plate.

In addition, it can be drained and stored for a couple of days in the refrigerator, making meal preparations a breeze. Let's look and see what's cooking in our humble kitchen today, shall we?

Quick Low Calorie Chicken & Pasta Recipe

We can add light, reduced fat Mayo, a chopped vegetable mix of celery, bell pepper and onion along with a couple of spoons of sweet pickle relish - and cooked chopped chicken and we have a meal fit for any worthy dieter.

If we add a fresh salad drizzled with light dressing along with a chunk of crusty bread and a serving of reduced fat milk, then we'll have added servings from all the basic food groups excepting the fruit group.

That can easily be tied in by adding a baked peach sprinkled with ground cinnamon and brown sugar to our meal.

Quick Macaroni & Stewed Tomatoes With Chicken, Beef or Shrimp

How long has it been since you've dined on a can of stewed tomatoes? When they are done right, they are what we call 'flat delicious' - and oh my, so tiny in caloric values.

And if we add prepared roasted chopped meat to the mix - oh mama! We can even enjoy this dish cold for a summertime meal when we choose to add cooked shrimp. Rather than the stewed tomatoes, we can even opt for shrimp cocktail sauce on our pasta.

Diet Recipes: Baked Ziti, Spring Salad

This Ziti recipe serves four for about 350 kcals per serving, including the salad.

ziti recipeRecipe Ingredients for Baked Ziti

4 cups of Ziti, cooked to desired tenderness
2 to 4 cups of tomato-based pasta sauce
1 cup of grated skim-based cheese
cooking spray, any variety or flavor
Chopped Vegetables: onion, bell pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, 1 large zucchini, and mushrooms.

Spring Salad Ingredients: spinach, diced tomato,cucumber, grated low fat cheese, and light, reduced fat salad dressing of any variety.

To Prepare: Sauté the zucchini, onion, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms and bell pepper using the cooking spray to prevent sticking. Continue to cook until the vegetables are tender then add the pasta sauce. Heat until boiling then add the cooked Ziti.

Transfer to a casserole dish and top with the grated cheese. If you wish, you can use the Italian style shredded cheese which will add another layer of flavor to the recipe.

Bake at 375° until the cheese is melted. Serve the Baked Ziti with a side salad of raw spinach, diced tomatoes and cucumber - and just a splash of salad dressing. We really enjoy the fruit based dressings, particularly in the warmer months of the year. They add a burst of seasonal flavors for very minimal calories.

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