Low-Cal Carbonara

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano (divided)Spaghetti carbonara

1/3 cup, plus 2 tablespoons 2% milk

1/4 cup Egg Beater – egg substitute

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 crushed red pepper

8 ounces uncooked linguine

6 good bacon slices

1 cup onion (chopped)

2 large garlic cloves (minced)

Combine 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, and the next 4 ingredients in a bowl.  Stir well, and set aside.  *Cook pasta according to package directions.  Cook bacon in a skillet over medium high heat, until crisp.  Remove bacon to paper towels to drain, reserve 2 teaspoons drippings in pan.  Add onion and garlic to drippings – sauté about 5 minutes or until tender.  When pasta is ready, drain and return to its pan.  Drizzle Egg Beater, crumble bacon, and add onion mixture to pasta – toss to coat.  Place over low heat and cook for 1 minute.  Serve immediately – sprinkle about 1 1/2 teaspoon of cheese over each serving.  Makes approximately 5 servings.

* Omitting oil and salt when you boil the pasta makes this dish at about 300 calories per serving


Veggie/Chicken/Pasta Stir-Fry

Since I ranted, complained and showed my frustration with our failing legal system last week, today I decided to lighten it up quite a bit.  Therefore, let’s call this Recipe Day.  This particular dish is so simple and easy – in addition, many items can be switched out/substituted.  It’s light, summery, and yet filling.  The only problem is, whenever I make it, I always make too much, but that’s a good thing, because the leftovers are just as delicious.

2 tsp. Peanut or Canola oil
1 large onion thinly sliced
½ sliced red pepper
¾ to 1 cup low salt chicken broth
1 or 2 bulbs fresh garlic, sliced (or to taste)
1 medium bunch fresh broccoli florets, cut into bite side pieces
2 medium zucchini, sliced
2 large skinned and boned chicken breast, sliced into stripes
8 oz. Whole Wheat pasta (Penne, Rotini)
½ bottle Kikkoman Teriyaki Baste & Glaze
Julienne carrot slices

Cook pasta as directed, drain and set aside.  In large wok, heat oil.  Add onion and red pepper; stir-fry 2 minutes or until they begin to sweat.  Here begin adding broth to aid in cooking – a little at a time, as needed.  Just so the greens don’t burn.  Add the garlic making certain it doesn’t burn.  Add broccoli, stir-fry another couple of minutes then, add zucchini, adding broth as needed.  Cook vegetables until desired tenderness.  Remove to a separate dish.  Add chicken to wok with small amount of broth; stir-fry until done, about 4 or 5 minutes.  Return vegetables to wok; mix and reheat.  Add pasta – mix.  Add Baste & Glaze; cut with a small amount of broth to just loosen a bit by drizzling the broth directly into the wok.  Make certain pasta is well coated with Baste & Glaze.  With a vegetable parer, julienne carrots right into the wok.  These are just for color, so use as much as you like.  After thoroughly mixed, empty into serving dish, and serve immediately.  Makes 4 servings.