Snowy Monday afternoon, nothing sounds better than a big bowl of warm fresh pasta, freshly grated parmesan cheese and sitting by a warm fire. However if you live in the northeast like I do, there are enough snow days that you can be put into a carb coma and awake in the spring with a spare tire from too many pasta nights.
Shape Magazine recently featured The Best Recipes from Our Favorite Healthy Food Blogs and Vanessa Smith of Life Undeveloped recipe for Zucchini and Squash ribbon pasta took the prize for me. I took her fantastic recipe and put my own little spin on it. I replaced the nuts with edamame to add protein and cut the calories!
Zucchini & Squash Pesto Ribbon Pasta
- 1 whole zucchini
- 1 whole yellow squash
- 1 cup raw, fresh corn kernels
- 1 cup edamame
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 small shallot, julienned
- 1 lemon, zested
- 1/4 cup pesto
- Parmigiano-reggiano freshly grated
- Fresh rosemary and thyme, roughly chopped
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- Salt and black pepper to taste
My Challenge for you this week is to look for low calorie versions of your favorite comfort foods to enjoy on a snow day!