Last week I shared several slow cooker recipe, tips and ideas for my favorite way to get healthy food to our family’s table without a lot of stress and time. This week I focus on my second favorite convenient, healthy food genre: pasta.
Pasta has several things going for it: first, it is almost universally loved by children and adults alike. Second, even if you have special food needs, there are gluten-free versions and of course my favorite, whole wheat and whole grain blends. Third, pasta can be served in almost infinite flavor combinations: Italian, Southwestern, Asian and American flavors all are well-suited for pasta dishes. Fourth, and perhaps most important for our purposes this week: pasta cooks fast.
Pasta dishes can be as simple or complex as you wish, but for our purposes this week, I am going to keep the recipes quite simple, yet super tasty. Really, in a pinch, I’ve been known to open a jar of store bought marinara and serve it over cooked spaghetti with a touch of low-fat cheese. This is great, especially when I am just super short on time. Using whole wheat pasta, you have a really healthful meal! But here is an almost-as-easy recipe that gets rave reviews in our home.