Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Meal Planning & Healthy Alfredo Recipe

We are officially in our first week of meal planning.

We are planning dinners only and last night was my night to cook. Along with planning meals comes some great advantages like saving money at the grocery store and eating healthier. I plan and hope we benefit from both of those things.

For our first meal-planned dinner, I tried a new recipe: Healthy Angel Hair Alfredo. {Yes, it's technically supposed to be fettuccine, but we had angel hair on hand already and Philip prefers it anyway.}

I LOVE fettuccine alfredo. I will try it at all Italian restaurants we go to and Olive Garden's is hands-down my favorite. Yep, Olive Garden, a chain, not the authentic mom-and-pop.

I have Olive Garden's recipe from the 1st volume of Top Secret Restaurant Recipes, but I have not tried it yet. I wanted to try this healthier version I came across instead since both Philip and I are trying to lose a couple pounds. It's a great, easy recipe since I always have all the ingredients laying around in my kitchen anyway except the heavy cream. It came out good and I added some spinach leaves and cut-up chicken to make a hearty meal out of it.

Healthy Eats Fettuccine Alfredo

Serves: 4
8 oz. fettuccine
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1/4 heavy cream
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
4 oz. light cream cheese
2/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add cream, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Simmer for 2-3 minutes as the sauce thickens.
Add cream cheese and mix well with a whisk until smooth.
Add cooked pasta and grated cheese. Toss well to combine.
If mixture appears too dry, add small amounts of reserved cooking liquid until the sauce is smooth and pasta is well coated.

Nutrition Info (per 1 cup of pasta):
Calories: 400
Total Fat: 16.5 g
Saturated Fat: 10 g
Carbohydrates: 47 g
Cholesterol: 56 mg
Sodium: 538 mg
Protein: 18 g
Fiber: 6 g

I calculated the Weight Watcher's points myself at 9 points.
Original recipe from Healthy Eats Blog.

Compare to Olive Garden's Fettuccine Alfredo nutrition facts:
Calories: 1,220
Fat: 75 g
Saturated Fat: 47 g
Sodium: 1350 mg
Carbohydrates: 99 g
Fiber: 5 g

1 comment:

LauraAnn said...

I love OG's fettuccine alfredo but holy crap....I did not realize how many calories was in it!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe for the healthier version! I will definitely have to try it out.