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15 Minute Low Fat Garlic Mushroom Pasta

Fancy having pasta for dinner but want to keep it low fat, low calorie but filling and nutritious? This is the recipe for you!! Approximately this tasty dish is 306 calories per serving and makes enough for 2!

What do I need?

1 cal olive oil spray

250g chestnut mushrooms

200g spaghetti

half a bag of baby spinach

400g chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon tomato pesto

handful of parsley leaves

3 cloves of garlic

1 red onion

salt and pepper to taste

parmesan (optional)

What do I do?

  1. Boil a large saucepan of water and add 4 grinds of salt and 4 sprays of olive oil, add the pasta once bubbling. Follow packet instructions for timing and set your timer.

  2. Heat a small frying pan with 5 sprays of olive oil 

  3. Chop the onion, garlic and mushrooms and pop in pan on a medium – high heat and cook until the mushrooms have browned.

  4. Stir in the pesto and add in the chopped tomatoes, bring the temperature down to low – medium, simmer and add herbs, salt and pepper.

  5. Empty half a bag of spinach on top of the sauce and pop the lid on, turn heat down to low until the spinach has wilted.

  6. Drain the pasta and pop back into the saucepan, pour the sauce into the pasta saucepan and tear the parsley as stirring into the pasta.

Voila you’re done, serve up, sprinkle on some parmesan if you so wish and enjoy!!

 

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Garlic Mushroom Pasta.. YUM!

 

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Easy & Delicious Homemade Granola

Easy & Delicious Homemade Granola


Today I experimented with making home made granola; which turned out to be pretty easy and quick to make as well as being extremely tasty! I am not much of a granola eater as I tend to find boxed granola difficult to stomach as it can be quite dry, this recipe is super gooey and tastes delish with some fresh berries and yoghurt on top!

It is relatively healthy, with it being low in saturated fats and adds up to about 103 calories per serving, this recipe makes approximately 30 servings & should be thrown out if not eaten within 30 days – keep in an air tight container!

All you need equipment wise is a bowl, weighing scales, foil and a oven dish!

Ingredients:

  • 300g rolled oats
  • 100g dried cranberries/raisins
  • 50g nuts – I used a mix bag of pecans and walnuts
  • 100g almond shavings
  • 50g sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp of coconut oil
  • 125ml of maple syrup
  • 125ml of honey
  • 8 squares of dairy milk chocolate (optional)

You can really make this recipe your own by adding anything you may have in the cupboard, nuts or dried fruit, I added the chocolate to make it more a treat to eat!

Method:

Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees and weigh out all the ingredients in one bowl and gently mix the ingredients together! Line a medium sized oven proof dish with foil and decant the mixture into the dish and spread evenly; finally pop in the oven for 10-15 minutes, make sure to check it in the last 5 minutes until slightly golden on the top.

Once cooked, remove from oven dish and leave on a wire rack or plate until it cools down, then it is ready to eat – store in a air tight container and you are good to go!

I entered the quantities of these ingredients (mostly bought from Sainsburys) into the My Fitness Pal app and generated some nutritional information which may be helpful:

Calories: 103 based on 30 servings

Total Fat: 3.8g   Saturated: 0.9g   Polyunsaturated: 1.3g   Monounsaturated: 1.3g

Sodium: 4.4mg

Potassium: 47.7mg

Total Carbs: 14.6g   Dietary fibre: 1.2g   Sugars: 7.5g

Protein: 2.1g

Disclaimer: I found the recipe on BBC good food & made it my own by adding and changing around a couple of the ingredients.


Thank you for reading, hope you enjoy the recipe !

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