Drumroll please. Are you ready for my latest & greatest hack? This one is not complicated, in fact, it’s so simple it’s almost embarrassing. It’s something I cannot stop doing so I had to share it with you guys.
I’m a huge fan of pasta, sourdough bread ( specifically with Kerrygold unsalted butter ), chocolate croissants & carbs in general. So anything that can help me hack the carb system is my best friend. ( No, but really have you heard about cauliflower thins? One of these MFers has 2 grams of carbs & 1 one gram of fiber WHICH MEANS there is only 1 net carb per thin! Read more here. )
Anyways back to pasta…
So here’s the hack, I buy a fiber-filled pasta. I like this one because it’s got protein & is made of only 3 ingredients: cauliflower, green lentils & parsnip. We love minimal ingredients.
Whenever I eat pasta at night I feel so heavy & bloated, HOWEVER, this doesn’t stop me from eating it. So what I started doing is cooking a 1/4 cup of pasta & doing the rest veggies. So I’ll do shaved Brussels sprouts, or zoodles, or kale, & cook it with the pasta. This makes you feel so full but also helps you get your veggies & nutrients in. Of course I top it with Rao’s Arrabbiata sauce, lemon, chili flakes, & basil. It really feels like you’re getting a whole Italian dish but with half the carbs, half the calories, & double the nutrients.
TSC hot tip: when you’re cooking veggies, add them closer to the end when the pasta is half cooked. If you overcook your veggies it ruins the nutrients. I like to cook them a little bit but not too much. Like we don’t want a brown veggie situation, you know what I mean?
You can always mix it up by adding different herbs & seasonings too. I did a big post on spices/herbs so check it out to get some flavor combo inspo here. Some things I like to add are Italian seasoning, lemon, oregano, & like I said, fresh basil is always delicious. You can also mix up the sauce- try a pesto or butter lemon sauce too. There are so many ways to have fun with this hack.
Anyway, this pasta hack saves you on carbs, doesn’t make you feel bloated before bed & is a fun way to still enjoy your pasta. This is also a great hack if you have children. It’s a great way for them to eat more vegetables, & IF YOU’RE INTO TRICKING YOUR KIDS, check out my zucchini brownies. They will have no idea they’re eating a healthy dessert.
So that’s my favorite hack as of late. I’m off to whip up some fiber pasta with a spicy sauce & artichoke hearts. Doesn’t that sound delicious? I’m drooling.
+ Read all about another fiber-filled pasta here.
++ Don’t think I forgot about the alcohol. Find a fun vodka hack here.