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Diet Pasta Recipe

Also Calories in Brandy Alexander, a Mixed Alcohol Drink

Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

A Low Calorie Recipe Featuring Nutmeg & Pasta

The flavors in the mixed drink featured above are set-off by the addition of ground nutmeg which has a very unique taste. Whenever I think about nutmeg, I can't help but bring an image of egg nog to mind.

When I purchase egg nog amid the holidays I have to buy two different mixes - one for the family members who like full-blown and one for those who are watching their weight. The reduced fat variety of egg nog contains less than half the calories of the regular.

For example, the brand I purchased recently contained 240 calories per 1/2 cup serving for the regular egg nog and only 100 calories per 1/2 cup serving for the reduced fat version.

Even so - a 1/2 cup serving isn't very big so egg nog is loaded with caloric content as well as fat content regardless. Even so, it's good to know that we can save a few calories here and there because they really add up over time.

As with egg nog, pasta isn't considered one of the skinniest foods on the planet, particularly when dieting. However, pasta resides in the Grain Group and can fit into almost-any healthy weight loss plan. And we'll tie things together by adding that egg nog isn't the only tasty food that goes well with nutmeg as pasta does too!

Ingredients for this Lower Calorie Pasta & Nutmeg Recipe

The Filling Ingredients

1 package of pre-cooked lasagna
1 small container of reduced fat ricotta cheese
1 bar of reduced fat mozzarella cheese - or 8 ounces of shredded skim mozzarella cheese
Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper
1 slightly beaten egg
Frozen spinach that has been thawed and thoroughly dried via paper towels

If you wish - you can use your own special seasonings inside the cheese mixture. I prefer a rather bland lasagna, allowing the flavors of the cheese to rule. Mix all of the above ingredients; place a large spoon of the filling mixture inside a strip of lasagna and then roll. Place with seam down in a deep oven-proof dish. Top with the following sauce recipe.

Sauce, Topping Ingredients

Ground Nutmeg - 1/16th of a teaspoon (a tiny pinch)
1/4 cup of reduced fat margarine
1/4 cup of white all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups of reduced fat or skim milk

How to Prepare This Pasta Recipe

Using low heat, melt the margarine. Add the flour and quickly stir to a smooth paste and quickly add the milk. Whisk until slightly thickened. Add nutmeg.

Cook in a preheated 350 degree oven until hot and bubbly. Serve with crusty bread and green beans. Opt for unsweetened tea to save beverage calories - and save room for a serving of fresh strawberries topped with light whipped cream.

Brandy Alexander Recipe

Calories are for one Brandy Alexander as generally served in public:

1/2 fluid ounce of Bandy

1/2 fluid ounce of dark crème de cacao

1 1/2 fluid ounce of heavy cream

Ground Nutmeg

Brandy Alexander Calories & Carb Grams

One Brandy Alexander contains about 250 calories and 12 carb grams.

One jigger of Brandy that is 100 proof contains 124 calories and 0 carb grams.

One cup of heavy cream contains 821 calories. One Tablespoon of heavy cream contains 52 calories and one fluid ounce of heavy cream contains 103 calories.

Crème de cacao contains about 85 calories per fluid ounce.

Calories in Brandy

Brandy Based on Alcohol Content

1 Fluid Ounce of Brandy

1 Jigger of Brandy

100 Proof 83 calories 124 calories

80 Proof

65 calories

97 calories

86 Proof

70 calories

105 calories

90 Proof

74 calories

110 calories

94 Proof

77 calories

116 calories


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