Monday, August 18, 2008

So whole wheat pasta isn't completely evil after all

I had sworn off whole wheat pasta after a particularly unhappy dinner where I was eating it and wondering if I had accidentally boiled the box. Maybe it was a particularly vile brand. Tonight I made the "Worth Every Penne" recipe I promised to review in my last post, and it really was pretty great, desipte the following mess-ups and modifications:

  • Forgot to buy bacon. Somehow thought the recipe included olives. Used a couple of the olives to supply some saltiness and cooked everything in olive oil instead. Didn't really miss the bacon, but did end up reaching for the salt shaker when I was eating the pasta.

  • Cooked 12 oz. of pasta instead of 8 oz., and had only about 1 cup of cooked chicken on hand instead of the 3 cups called for in the recipe. My result was a little more noodley and less meaty than the recipe intended.

  • My grocery store had no fresh mushrooms in stock. I bought dried mushrooms and reconstituted them according to the package directions.

  • Had some fresh basil and oregano so I added a little of each with the cheese at the end.

I don't think I'll ever like whole wheat pasta as well as white, but in this recipe it worked fine, because there was so much going on. I think the recipe would have been more filling if I had used the right amount of chicken, but it was still a pretty satisfying dinner, and it looked like something from a restaurant. Next time I'd make up a big salad to go with it, because an hour after eating, I'm already contemplating going out for a walk and an ice cream cone.

P.S. For those of you who liked my list of reasons to lose weight, check out this list from "Journeying to Lose 200 Pounds" -- lots of great inspiration there.

1 comment:

  1. we did half and half (white and wheat) for a while until everyone's taste buds switched - now everyone is fine with whole wheat.

    Did this same thing (kids) with pancake mix and several other things.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07