SUMMER PASTA: healthy Carbonara

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carbonara 1 and SUNDAE 002 Dear Diary,

You guys know I’m no stranger to a great pasta dish!  Growing up, Italian food was a staple in our house and I’ve continued the tradition.  It seems like the SFG’s have had pasta fever lately… which is quite odd in the dry heat of a Los Angeles summer… but craving good, hearty food just can’t be helped!  But what can be helped is how we decide to prepare it.  At home in New York, my mom has a very specific way of preparing this dish– and it involves a LOT of cheese and heavy cream… and while her original version is quite delicious, I have to say my version is a strong competitor in taste and health.

Healthier is always the way to go… as much as I love food, I love my body more!  I’m not willing to undo everything just because I have a craving.  I say, give into your cravings… but add a guilt-free healthy twist!  Just ONE change, can make all the difference physically and mentally… so that the next day, you’re not feeling unmotivated or sluggish… but good about yourself; mind, body and soul.

What makes this dish so satisfying is the rich flavor– the sharp bacon and cheese combined with the sweet cream is a killer combination that can’t be beat.  But the great thing about such bold flavor, is that you don’t need as much as you think for it to shine!  Try my version out and tell me what you think– with less fat and more protein… I think you’ll agree!  ;)

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Here’s what you need:

1/2 bag of frozen peas

small bundle of chives

3 garlic cloves

1/4 cup of Parmesan

1/4 nutritional yeast (adds the parmesan kick without more cheese!!)

3 eggs

3 tablespoons of skim milk

1 box of barilla–protein plus spaghetti pasta (add extra protein wherever you can!)

salt/pepper

organic turkey bacon (as many slices as you like!)

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Here’s what you do:

boil pasta, drain pasta and then return the cooked pasta to the same big pot

In a separate pan, heat olive oil, 3 cloves of garlic and organic turkey bacon until turkey looks completely cooked (add the garlic a couple minutes after the turkey has been cooking so that the garlic doesn’t burn!

When cooked add these ingredients into the pot of cooked pasta and mix together under low heat

then add one tablespoon of my FAVORITE butter GHEE for some extra smoothness!

In a separate mixing bowl combine 3 eggs, nutritional yeast and parmesan cheese… also a dash of salt and pepper! Then slowly add this mixture into the pot of pasta. Continuously mix the pasta and egg/cheese mixture together so that the egg slowly cooks and cheese slowly melts over the pasta, forming a sauce!

Half way through adding the egg/cheese mixture, add a dash of milk to cream-ify as well as the small bowl of peas!

continue to mix until everything is combined and add a small bundle of chopped chives for some extra crunch and flavor!

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And there you have it… a healthier version of one of my all-time favorite dishes!

Enjoy SFG’s!

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