I love pasta. As a busy mom, pasta is a crowd-pleasing, easy to prepare and convenient food that is easy to store and make at the last minute. Pasta even freezes well.
The only problems with pasta dinners are the unhealthy sauces and refined flour in the pasta. The day I discovered how delicious good whole grain pasta could be, was a day of true holistic mama joy. My favorite convenient, people-pleasing food was back on the menu and with these easy recipes they can be back on your menu as well.
My first introduction into healthy pasta was in the form of whole wheat pastas. These great whole grain pastas are full of fiber and keep you feeling full longer, while eating a smaller portion.
Macaroni and cheese: My favorite addition to this great recipe is pureed, steamed, cauliflower.
Spaghetti with sun dried tomatoes and spinach: This recipe is one of my favorites, my older kids love it and my younger kids ate it, so that is a win in my book.
Linguine with ricotta, green beans and lemon: This quick, 20-minute, one-skillet meal hits every note in my palate. Don’t forget the lemon zest! It brings this dish to another level of yummy.
Creamy Whole Wheat Penne Pasta with Turkey Meatballs: Leave it to the Skinny Mom herself, Brooke Griffin, to come up with a fantastic whole wheat pasta option! This recipe is creamy, cheesy, delicious and still manages to be good for you!
I love whole wheat pastas, but there are a lot of pastas out there that are whole grain alternatives and make a big flavor statement for great health. Buckwheat pasta or soba noodles are Asian in origin and gluten-free. This pasta packs an extra protein punch and has a great nutty flavor that works perfectly with Asian dishes.
Soba noodles with sesame seeds: It is so great to find an Asian-inspired pasta dish that’s easy to make and actually healthy. This recipe has only a few ingredients and can be thrown together in no time. My favorite part is how good the leftovers are cold.
Soba Noodles with fresh herbs and a fried egg: This recipe is under 15 minutes and utilizes one of my favorite things: A fried egg. This pasta dish is definitely a comfort food that is actually a good New Year’s resolution.
Sweet potato buckwheat noodles with chicken and spinach: I love this recipe with the chili flakes, but I do use a lighter hand when serving this at the family dinner table. Otherwise, this recipe is so good that the chicken marinade quickly became a family favorite.
I have recently been experimenting with a lighter whole grain pasta, brown rice pasta. This gluten-free pasta has all of the benefits of brown rice, but in a more appealing healthy pasta package.
Penne Arrabiata with Brown rice pasta: This is a great weeknight pasta recipe to recreate those marinara covered memories of childhood. Sometimes pasta with red sauce is what you need to feel good, and it is actually healthy.
Skinny Chicken Florentine: The smile on Fellow Resident Blogger Motivated Mama son’s face made me include this recipe here.
Spinach Pasta Bake: This great recipe has two of my kid’s favorite healthy things, edamame beans and corn kernels. This opened them up to trying this green dish, and it is a winner.
Welcome pasta back into your life and into your family menu. Isn’t it great that people who eat whole grains, weigh less, feel better, live longer and eat healthy pasta.