Pasta and weight loss simply don”;t sound like two things that can go hand-in-hand. But here at Nutrisystem, we believe that transitioning to a healthier lifestyle should not have to mean giving up all of the things that you love–;pasta included! Sometimes all it takes is just a little bit of creativity to devise pasta recipes that use healthy substitutions.
At your local grocery store, you can most likely find a large variety of healthy pasta swaps, such as spiralized veggies, whole wheat noodles, gluten free pasta and even spaghetti squash! We”;ve rounded up 20 of our best (and simple) recipes that will give you your healthy pasta fix while still keeping you on track with your weight loss goals.
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This flavor-filled recipe has a little bit of everything by combining chicken, ziti and a variety of veggies all in one delicious dish. It”;s colorful and nutritious with wholesome vegetables like mushrooms, bell peppers, onions and celery cooked in just a small amount of butter. If you”;re someone who is tired of boring chicken dishes night after night, then this is a great way to jazz up your dinner.
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If you love spicy seafood dishes, then Shrimp Fra Diavolo might be a favorite. In this recipe, we”;ve created a lighter version of this classic favorite. With antioxidant-packed tomatoes and the addition of some bell peppers and onions, it”;s got plenty of veggies. But it”;s the lean protein that shines in this dish! Shrimp is high in several vitamins and minerals while also serving as a rich source of protein.
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Shrimp scampi is often a restaurant favorite. However, it’s known for having lots of butter and being loaded with carb-heavy white pasta. Our version removes the butter and goes low-carb with healthy spiralized zucchini and just a handful of whole wheat spaghetti. But have no fear, all that flavor you love is still there. It”;s a great way to enjoy a classic dish with a healthy twist.
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If you”;re a seafood lover, then you”;ll definitely want to add this recipe to your weekly lineup. It combines mussels and shrimp with cooked spinach, parmesan cheese and whole wheat spaghetti–;all covered in a tomato garlic sauce that adds a major burst of flavor. It”;s both delicious and nutritious, making it a win all around.
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Pasta Bolognese is an Italian favorite–;but the pasta and the red meat can also make it a heavy, calorie-packed and fat-filled dish. Our version is much lighter, swapping out pasta with spaghetti squash and the traditional mix of beef, veal and pork with lean ground turkey. Still packed with flavor, our healthier recipe also shines a spotlight on the veggies with peas, zucchini, onions and tomatoes sneaking their way in. It”;s so full of flavor that you”;ll forget it”;s a healthy twist on a classic dish.
As yummy as classic chicken piccata may be, its downfall is in the heaps of butter it”;s traditionally browned in. Typically served atop carb-loaded pasta, it”;s easy to see how this dish can be a diet detour. But don’t worry–;we”;ve created a healthier version! This recipe eliminates the butter but adds in nonfat plain Greek yogurt to get that creamy texture. It still has plenty of flavor. Served over top of whole wheat pasta, it”;s also got some hearty fiber.
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This classic meal has the same ingredients as the traditional version, including top round roast, beef broth, onions, mushrooms and noodles. However, some healthy substitutions help to make it lighter and healthier. Fortunately, it”;s still so full of flavor that you would never notice the difference! It will give you that classic comfort that you crave from this hearty favorite.
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This noodle bowl replaces carb-laden noodles with healthy spiralized sweet potatoes. Add to that some lean cooked shrimp, antioxidant-packed spinach and a delicious, homemade almond butter sauce and you”;ve got a tasty meal that won”;t disappoint.
Spaghetti squash and lasagna unite in this healthy air fryer recipe that’s filled with Italian-inspired ingredients. Low sodium marinara sauce, part skim ricotta, mozzarella cheese, spinach and oregano are tossed with spaghetti squash noodles and stuffed back into the homemade squash “bowl.” It”;s a healthy and simple meal that almost tastes too good to be true.
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