If there’s one thing we ought to get clear about food it’s that there’s no place for feeling guilty—life’s too short for that! So don’t worry about that dusting of chocolate on your morning coffee (and certainly not about the coffee itself), your Sunday croissant or eating more than just a couple of lettuce leaves for dinner. Many people with a perfectly healthy weight spend hours counting calories for fear of losing the battle against the pounds, when common sense and a Mediterranean diet make it quite clear that we ought to enjoy life. Scales, be they of the bathroom or kitchen variety, ought to be personae non gratae in your house.
The secret is to eat a healthy, balanced diet, with a sensible calorie intake, which means that if you do a reasonable amount of regular physical exercise and keep an eye on the saturated fats, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t eat pasta for dinner as often as you like and enjoy its great taste and many benefits. Here are some potentially life-changing ideas for cooking pasta for dinner—light, tasty, quick and easy with no rich, heavy sauces or garnishes. Check them out.
A handful of pasta, rocket, cherry tomatoes, carrots, baby radishes, nuts and a dash of extra-virgin olive oil. Could you really ask for more?
With tomato and basil
An Italian classic that never fails, especially for dinner, when you don’t want heavy dishes packed with ingredients. If you make sure you use quality ingredients, you won’t go wrong.
Stir-fry some of those vegetables you’ve got in the fridge in a frying pan or wok, add them to some al dente pasta and you’ve got the perfect dinner: light and nutritious. And if you make a bit extra, hey presto! you’ve got tomorrow’s packed lunch to boot. It couldn’t be easier.
This recipe is ideal for treating yourself at home, because you deserve it! When night falls and you’re feeling cosy, a good dinner alone or with family or friends is just the thing. So pop by the fish shop and pick up some fish and seafood (prawns, king prawns, clams, mussels…) and make a top-notch dish finished off with a dusting of grated Parmesan.
All’aglio e olio
An Italian classic that never fails. A decent extra-virgin olive oil, some garlic and some spaghetti… et voilà! An irresistible dish that your heart will thank you for.