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Mealtime Monday: Pasta And

I like eating pasta. But, even though I have moderated my expectations, the amount of pasta that is appropriate for me to eat in a serving falls short of a satisfying meal. One of the most disappointing moments of my life was when I measured out the amount of macaroni I could eat under a structured meal plan I tried for a while.

But I've recently found an approach that helps. It's not original to me – I got the inspiration from Bobby Deen's show "Not My Mama's Meals" on the Cooking Channel. After weeks of not knowing how to describe it, I've taken to calling it "Pasta And".

It's really very simple. All I do is find things to add to the pasta that add flavor, nutrition, and volume without adding many carbohydrates. I find that my additions can make up a third to a half of the final dish, and it still feels like a pasta dish to me.

Last weekend, I made up some "Macaroni and Cheeseburger". My additions to a standard boxed Mac & Cheese included: lean ground beef which I had browned rinsed and dried; tomato which I had diced rinsed and dried; pickle slices, also diced, rinsed and dried; a little bit of mustard, and green onions. The reason for rinsing and drying my additions was to keep that from turning the sauce funny colors were making it soupy.

It was delicious, although I'll use more pickle next time. And it still felt like mac & cheese, only tastier.

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