Happy Tuesday all! If you all LOVE lemons, garlic, butter, broccoli and pasta, then, I think you will LOVE the recipe I made tonight as much as we did. It’s light, simple, low in points and delicious.
Today started out at my FAVORITE place (3 pts) ‘;)
S’more Homemade Brown Sugar Banana Nut Bread Goodness (4 pts)
You all are probably going to laugh at my incentive for heading to the gym today….I REALLY, REALLY, wanted more BANANA FROYO but I told myself I had to earn it 😀
It worked really good because I whipped up 30 minutes on the Elliptical putting the cross ramp at 19 (to hit every muscle), resistance at 10 and then alternated going forward & backwards. I think I might now be addicted to All My Children because they have been playing it every day at the gym LOL!
Lunch was a simple salad with broccoli slaw & 1 Tbsp drizzle TJ’s Spicy LF Peanut Vinaigrette….a little really does go a long way. (1 pt)
Leftover Chicken & Sausage Paella with Olives (8 pts). I have determined I like eating this because I LIKE saying it 😀
Then, it was time to get a little Over The Top! Thanks to my FANTASTIC FRIEND Sandy, I learned that you get A LOT more caramel if you layer your toppings underneath & in the middle of your FROYO 😀
Not only is BANANA FROZEN YOGURT the BEST flavor, but, they have REAL, caramel that is buttery, salty and just plain good with Heath Bar Crunch.
SO GOOD!!! Seriously….just seeing this picture makes me want to get in my car and drive down there again! It doesn’t help that I know they are open late too LOL (7 pts)
I am on a quest this week to use up all of the vegetables we have in our fridge before we head to VEGAS!!!
I had two big bags of 2 types of broccoli to use ~ 1 from my sisters garden (jealous!) and 1 from the farmer’s market.
I really LOVE any recipe that let’s me use my Zester! I feel like such a Food Network Star whenever I bet to bust it out. I highly recommend this Zester because your fruit just glides & peels without any effort at all.
I started off my lemon sauce by melting 2 Tbsp of butter with 4 cloves garlic and the zest plus juice of one lemon. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.
The easiest way to steam your broccoli is to add it to your pasta during the last 2 minutes of cooking. It will come out vibrate, green and perfectly crisp/crunchy/cooked.
Remove your pasta/broccoli and add them to the sauce pan. Top with sea Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, 1 Tbsp EVOO & Shaved Parmesan. If your pasta seems dry, add 1/2 cup reserved pasta water or chicken broth.
Toss & enjoy!
Lemon Garlic Fettuccine with Broccoli
8 oz Whole Wheat uncooked Fettuccine
3-4 cups broccoli florets
2 Tbsp Butter
3-4 cloves, garlic, minced
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 c shaved parmesan
Sea Salt & freshly ground Black Pepper to taste
**You could add chickpeas, grilled shrimp or chicken ~ just count the points!
1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, including salting the water. Add broccoli during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
2. While the water boils, prepare your lemon sauce, by melting your butter. Add garlic, lemon zest and juice. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Remove pasta/broccoli from water and add to lemon sauce pan. Be sure to reserve 1/2 c pasta water.
4. Add crushed red pepper flakes, parmesan, sea salt & black pepper to taste. Drizzle with Olive Oil and Enjoy!
Makes 6 servings, 4 points each!
Nutritional Information per serving:
Fast, fresh, healthy!
I used to plan my meals around having this Texas Toast ~ It’s the BEST tasting prepared garlic bread (3 pts).
Side salad topped with a drizzle of Balsamic Vinegar (1 pt)
I am off to read, relax and maybe watch Wipe Out!
Just TWO DAYS ~ I can’t wait since today feels like it should be Thursday 🙂