{Healthier} Creamy Pesto Noodles

Hey friends!

How are ya all doing today?

I know, I know. I am crazy for having such a busy fitness schedule, but I can’t deny my loves.

And yes, for all that activity, I eat pllleennnttty.  Like all day long, actually.

Thus, some meals for me must be filling (and healthy) to keep my satisfied with that kind of schedule.

On that note, you all know I love easy (healthy) meals, especially because my life is a tad bit crazy right now (see above). I just don’t DO complicated meals or recipes. No freaking way.

However, I do want to make nice meals for me and my husband so we don’t just eat sandwiches each night.

Just only every other night.

Hah. I kid.

Sort of.

Anyways.

I have created a satisfying dinner meal that comes together quickly & deliciously–and it’s husband approved! Woot.

We both love pesto, so I wanted to create a creamy pasta dish that would be both filling & delicious, yet healthy.

Hmmmmm….

Using whole wheat noodles & Silk PureAlmond are the secrets to making the dish both creamy & healthy. Who’s to say healthy can’t be yummy?!

Creamy Pesto Noodles

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) Whole Wheat noodles (Fettuccine or Linguine)
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 1 cup Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original
  • 1 Tb butter
  • 1 Tb salt
  • 1 onion
  • 2 bell peppers chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan

Directions

  • Cook noodles as directed via package
  • In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add in chopped onion and cook until translucent
  • Chop bell peppers and add to cooked onions. Let cook for 4 minutes.
  • Whisk in the Silk for a few minutes until bubbly; add in pesto. Reduce heat
  • Drain the pasta and pour the sauce into the pasta. Add the salt.
  • Toss and serve with fresh Parmesan on top.

Makes 6 servings / Per serving: 435 calories, 14.9 grams fat, 71.2 grams carbohydrates, 9.3 grams fiber, 4 grams sugar, 16.2 grams protein / (28 calories saved per serving by using PureAlmond)

Just be aware that it’s so good, you might want to eat the whole pot…..there are 6 servings, so enjoy this with your family. :)

ENJOY!

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Pretty sure I haven’t posted a recipe on this blog for over a month. Yikes. It migggghhhtttt be an indication of how often I cook a ‘real’ meal instead of leftovers, sandwiches, and turkey burgers. Ahhh well. You must choose your priorities at various stages in your life! Right now, making lavish meals is NOT on my list.

But the husband was fooled with this meal! We kept mmmmmming our way through this dinner (and the 2nd time I made it too)! YUMM.

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Have a GREAT day, friends! <3

What is one way YOU make a recipe healthier?? What is YOUR standard meal at YOUR house?? What is YOUR fall-back menu item?? <–spinach/cheese/turkey paninis or turkey burgers

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Comments

  1. Standard meal at our house? Crockpot chicken & veggies! So easy!

  2. Definitely clever to use the almond milk to make pesto sauce! I may have to give that a shot sometimes.

    If I’m REALLY short on time, the fallback is usually grilled cheese or tuna melt sandwiches. If I have a little bit more, I usually make spaghetti with beefed-up bottled tomato sauce.(usually add a ground meat and a ton of veggies)

  3. Mmmmm looks wonderful! I LOVE PESTO

  4. I think one way to make things healthier are def what you did- whole wheat noodles, almond milk. If I dont plan anything, my go to meal is a turkey burger (sometimes with a fried egg) with sweet potato fries.

  5. Looks delicious! I’m all about simple, delicious, and healthy meals! My fall-back menu items are usually some sort of panini sandwich or breakfast for dinner (eggs, pancakes/waffles).

  6. A standard meal for me when I’m in a rush is a veggie burger with sweet potato fries, or pasta with sauteed veggies. I used to think I didn’t have time to cook at all, but quickly sauteeing up some veggies and throwing them on pasta with sauce is so easy. Except for the dishes afterwards :-/ haha

  7. Very nice. Love using almond milk – so creamy and delicious.

  8. I love to swap black beans for meat to make things a bit healthier and I add hummus to EVERYTHING – instead of mayo or butter, in a spaghetti sauce, you name it! Also, instead of Parmesan cheese, I use nutritional yeast. Protein packed, without the fat!

    My go to is a Boca Meatless spicy chicken patty – I hate that it’s so high in sodium and processed, but some nights I just. need. something. fast. :-)

    This looks delicious – I LOVE pesto!! Thanks for the share!

  9. Ooo that does sound absolutely delicious! I really need some more pesto in my life!

  10. My go-to, easy, standard “recipe” includes mixing two canned soups (often Wolfgang Puck’s canned organic minestrone and hearty lentil and vegetable, anything low sodium when available), adding my own frozen peas, fresh diced zucchini. I sometimes add additional beans (kidney or garbanzo) or quinoa… it’s honestly just a hodge-podge.

    It typically makes a minimum of two full servings and usually three (depending on what I add). It can be a little high on the sodium side depending on the soups, but I tend to not salt anything in other meals and be low on sodium/electrolytes after a double workout, so it works.

  11. Celeste says:

    That would probably be really delicious on spaghetti squash too. I think I”ll try it!

  12. One way I like to make recipes healthier is throw in some extra veggies. Like smoothies (obviously), pancakes (kale), pizza crust, hummus – it’s a fun challenge to see what you can add. :)

  13. Oh wow this look just soo good! I have never had pesto (I think) but your pics are making me want some of this pasta… and I don’t even like pasta that much!

  14. Fall back menu item is ALWAYS breakfast for dinner…some quick eggs, protein pancakes or even a gigantic smoothie. When I’m in a crunch they always work and somehow seem to satisfy any craving as well! SoFitandSoGreen.blogspot.com :)

  15. Breakfast for dinner (Kodiak Cakes!) are always a favorite in my house, as is homemade chicken-fried rice. Easy & healthy & (MOST importantly!) the kids will eat them!!

  16. Yum this looks good! I don’t know if this would be rude or too personal but I’d be interested to see what you eat on a typical day when you’re teaching so often. You know how much I teach and I sometimes think maybe I’m not eating enough but my body is just use to it- because you know sometimes it can be a tad intimidating eating THAT much when everyone else around you isn’t- even though I know they aren’t moving like I am.

    • I will DEF do a typical day of eats when I teach a lot. I just must schedule it so I can take the pics! Hah. I will hopefully do that soon –a week or so?

      Thanks for the idea!

  17. I LOVE anything with pesto! This sounds delicious!

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