Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Spaghetti, spaghetti and more spaghetti

Last night was a lot of fun in a relaxing, stay-at-home kind of way. Mark and I successfully attempted our first spaghetti dinner. We had two turkey burger patties left over from our turkey burger dinner, so we racked our brains to find a meal that would incorporate the turkey meat when... voila!.. spaghetti with turkey meat in the sauce.

In an attempt to make this mound of carbs somewhat more nutritious, we used whole wheat spaghetti to cash in on the extra fiber. Plus, we both really like whole wheat pasta anyway. While I kept watch over the whole wheat pasta, Mark cooked the turkey meat in a pan pre-sprayed with Pam. After the noodles were soft enough to cut easily with a fork, we added the most amazing Prego mushroom tomato sauce to our pasta then let it cook a little bit longer in the pot so the sauce could heat up. Since I didn't want very much meat in my sauce, I scooped my noodles and sauce into my bowl and grabbed a little turkey meat to throw on top while Mark dumped the rest of the meat into his sauce. In retrospect, his way was probably better because the meat was able to mix in with the sauce instead of lay on top like mine. You live and learn.

We also made a salad to go with our pasta. We less "made" the salad than poured a pre-made salad into a bowl and chopped up tomatoes to add to it. The nonfat balsamic vinaigrette we used was one of the best dressings I've ever had though!

All in all I'd say our first attempt at a spaghetti dinner was a complete success. The whole wheat pasta is so filling we couldn't even finish our bowls and the salad was amazing.

After our carboload, we ran for an hour in an attempt to run off all of the pasta we had just eaten. It's always difficult to run after you've taken a few days off, but once you're back in the game, it makes the next run so much easier! This morning Mark proved his title as "Best Boyfriend Ever" by bringing me chicken minis and fruit from Chick Fil A, my favorite breakfast ever. So now, I'm blogging in a chicken coma and thinking I may need another one of those runs tonight.

More posts to come :)


Spaghetti Dinner Recipe:

-4 Oz. Whole Wheat Pasta
-1 Cup of Prego Mushroom Sauce
-1 Package of Prewashed Salad Mix
-Nonfat Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
-2 Tomatoes
-Pam or Other Cooking Spray

1. Fill pot with 2 quarts of water and 2 tsp. of salt until water comes to a boil.
2. Add 4 oz. of whole wheat pasta.
3. Spray pan with Pam and add turkey meat. Keep meat moving so it doesn't stick to the pan.
4. Pour salad mix into a bowl and add sliced tomatoes.
5. Once noodles are limp, drain water and add 1 cup of mushroom sauce.
6. Stir noodles and sauce. Add turkey meat.
7. Enjoy!

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