Karen has recently started the Weight Watchers program. Like any weight loss program, the key is to find delicious tasting recipes that are simple to make, which also help us forget that we are actually watching calories. These three recipes do just that and Lauren loves them all too!
The perfect dish for lunch or dinner! Recipe courtesy of weightwatchers.
Pasta and Spring Vegetables with Feta (serves 6)
1/2 pound whole wheat penne or fusilli
1 1/2 cups shelled peeled fresh fava beans, thawed frozen peeled fava beans, or baby lima beans
1/2 pound asparagus, cut into 1 1/2 inch lengths
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh mint
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
fresh mint sprigs (optional)
Cook pasta according to package directions, adding fava beans and asparagus during last 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Drain again.
Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, parsley, mint, oil, lemon zest and juice, garlic, salt and pepper in large bowl. Add pasta mixture and toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired.
Dessert is served
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