11/8/13

Diabetes Friendly Dinner (including dessert)




For National Diabetes Awareness Month we wanted to create a great tasting, easy to make, low-carb dinner with items that are on sale at Market Street (in celebration of Diabetes Month).

What better meal to make than pasta? I can hear all my carb counting friends gasp! "Pasta? Do you know how many carbs are in pasta?" Ah! But we have a great solution for you. Our dinner uses the lowest carb pasta and sauce on the aisle as well as a low carb salad dressing. Plus, we made a dessert using soda and ice cream - yes soda and ice cream!

Let's first start with making the pasta and Arrabbiata sauce and salad with dressing.
Ingredients:
Al Dente Carba-Nada Egg Fettuccine Noodles
Mezzetta Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce
Fresh salad
Walden Farms Buttermilk Ranch


This pasta and sauce (above) have the lowest carbs on the Italian aisle. The al dente Carba-Nada Egg Fettucine actually has such great nutrition we've named it a Dietitian's Top Pick.

Tip: boil your pasta water with oregano and basil instead of salt for great flavor withou the sodium (see below)


One serving of Carba Nada is 1 1/2 cups dry (yes you can make just one serving instead of enough to feed an army). Grab oregano and basil instead of salt for flavor.


Boil your water with the oregano and basil instead of salt.

Carba-Nada only takes 5 minutes to cook!

Typically 1/2 cup of whole wheat pasta would be about 1/4 of your plate and contain about 20-25g of carbs - just the pasta alone. Carba-Nada gives you 1-1/2 cups of pasta for only 24 grams of carbs (and 6 grams of that is fiber!).


How much pasta would you like to eat? The pasta on the left provides 24g of carbs and 2g of fiber. Carba-Nada pasta, on the right, provides 1-1/2 cups for only 24g of carbs and 6g of fiber.


For one serving of sauce, measure out 1/2 cup of Arrabbiata sauce and heat over medium heat on the stove or cover and warm in the microwave. Pour the sauce over the pasta!

This pasta and sauce only take 15-20 minutes to make and have a total of 23 grams of net carbs!

Prepare a fresh salad and top with Walden Farms Buttermilk Ranch Dressing (on sale this week).


Walden Farms Buttermilk Ranch Nutrition

This dinner provides a total of 250 calories, 33 grams of carbs
(9 grams of fiber) and 14 grams of protein.
Total nutrition for dinner (pictured above)
Total Calories: 250
Total Fat: 7g
Saturated Fat: 1g
Trans Fat: 0g
Sodium: 770mg
Total Carbohydrates: 33g
Fiber: 9g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 14g
 
 
Now.... on to dessert! How about an Orange Creme Float?
 
Both Zevia (stevia sweetened soda) and Clemmy's Orange Creme ice cream will be on sale this month so why not make an Orange Creme Float. Clemmy's Orange Creme ice cream is also a Dietitian's Top Pick on the ice cream aisle.
 
Ingredients:
 
You will need: Clemmy's Orange Creme ice cream and Zevia Orange soda


Serve up 1/2 cup of the orange creme ice cream


Pour the Zevia Orange Soda over the ice cream until the ice cream reaches the top of the glass.




This dessert beverage contains only 120 calories and 27g of carbs
(3 grams of fiber and 19 grams sugar alcohols)
 
 
Total nutrition for dessert (pictured above)
Total Calories: 120
Total Fat: 6g
Saturated Fat: 3.5g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 35mg
Sodium: 15mg
Total Carbohydrates: 27g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 0g
Sugar alcohol: 19g
Protein: 0g


So what do you think? We'd love to hear from you. Have you seen or tried this products in our stores? Do you think you might try them now?


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