One of my winter concoctions on a Sunday afternoon is my Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Pasta, and this is less than 500 calories. I put this together with ingredients in the kitchen, and I included healthy oils and nuts, vegetables, and garlic and spices for flavor. I have included an estimate of calories for the meal below based on my measurements and compliments of myfitnesspal.com’s easy to use food diary. Feel free to add or subtract ingredients to satisfy your own tastes, but be sure to keep the vegetables!
Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Pasta
Whole Wheat Spaghetti Cooked – Pasta, 1.5 cup 263 Calories
Grilled Sweet Potatoes, 1/4 cup cooked 71 Cals
Del Monte – Petite Cut Diced Tomatos, Garlic & Olive Oil, 1/4 cup 20 Cals
Peppers/Red/Yellow Strips, 1/4 Cup (46 grams) 9 Cals
Chop’t – Red Onions, 1 tsp 3 Cals
Olive Oil, 0.25 Tbsp 30 Cals
Raw Walnuts, 1 tbsp 41 Cals
Grated Parmasean Cheese, 2 tsp 25 Cals
Garlic and spices: black pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin, sage
Cals Carbs Fat Protein Choles Sodium Sugars Fiber
TOTAL: 462 69 12g 15g 5mg 351mg 4g 9g
Note: I added two glasses of red wine of 150 calories, and a romaine lettuce/red onion salad with balsamic vinegar of 25 calories. Remember its all about moderation!
For 4 servings, Gather approximately one large sweet potato; one red bell pepper, one can of tomatoes; 1/2 package of pasta, half of red onion and spices. Cut sweet potato into chunks and grill in a pan with a tbsp of olive oil at low heat; add garlic, onions, peppers and spices.
Boil pasta according to directions; drain right before potato is ready and toss with tbsp of olive oil (optional).
After potato begins to soften, add can of tomatoes and continue to simmer until potato is browned and ready to taste. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts, pine nuts or your favorite nut.
Plate pasta, and top with sweet potato mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!