Creamy….alfredo…low calorie? No need to pinch to yourself, no you’re not dreaming. That delicious plate that you’re currently looking at? It’s all real, all healthy, and all delish! Since I started this new healthier lifestyle, one of the foods that I was most concerned about leaving behind was pasta…more specifically, fettucine alfredo. I mean, nothing quite sums up a long, hard earned day like eating a huge bowl of pasta at 2pm, am I right?!
Unfortunately, I seem to have a little trend going on here… it seems to be that the foods nearest and dearest to my heart are also the ones that are nearest and dearest to my love handles. With all of that heavy cream and melty cheese, the calories add up at an astronomical rate. I will never forget the day that I decided to actually get a little idea of how many calories my yummy bowl of Olive Garden chicken alfredo contained. I remember thinking…”okay I know I’m going to eat a light dinner anyway but how many calories has this set me back…400? maybe 600? okay 650 at the most”. You can just imagine the look on my face when I saw a whopping 1480 CALORIES. I damn near fell off my chair. I literally sat there, staring at my empty plate, alfredo sauce stain on my shirt, contemplating life. I had just eaten my entire day’s worth of calories (and then some) in one….meal.
Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for a healthier substitute that won’t leave me scared to step on the scale but most importantly, will still taste absolutely delicious. Behold…this 310 calorie Spinach Mushroom Fettucine. No, don’t worry I didn’t forget that extra 0 … it’s literally under 350 calories. You see, the secret to this being so low calorie mainly lies in the sauce, which is made primarily from cauliflower. If you remember my spinach artichoke low carb pizza recipe then you’ll notice how cauliflower is pretty darn awesome at doing this thing where it says “hey, need a healthier substitute? Want it to still taste yummy? I’ve gotcha back.” This cauliflower sauce is super creamy and has a nice garlicy, parmesany (are these even words?) kick to it.
So go ahead, grab your blender, handful of ingredients and giant appetite because you deserve this yumminess in your life.