Power Veggie One Pot Recipe for One Serving
Healthy, Quick and Delicious
Power Veggie One-Person Pasta
It is very easy to eat the foods from the lists of POWER SUPER FOODS for vitamins and antioxidants in a yummy, quick meal. Tomatoes have the reputation for being especially good in maintaining prostrate gland health. This is due to the high content of the antioxidant lycopene, which may also help protect against cancers of the lungs, colon,and skin. Of course, tomatoes also have the benefit of Vitamins C and A. Baby spinach leaves also pack in vitamins C and A. They also provide some iron and calcium and antioxidants lutein, zea-xanthin and beta-carotene. What I value in this meal is the firmness of the uncooked spinach leaves. They provide an interesting, almost crunchy, contrast with the soft, warm pasta and sauce.
- 1/2 cup dry macaroni, uncooked
- 3/4 cup baby spinach leaves, loosely packed
- 1/2 cup tomato pasta sauce, prepared
- 1 Tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
- 1 Tablespoon optional addition: chopped onion, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon optional addition: chopped broccoli, chopped
Baby Spinach Leaves
- Gather supplies: about a 2-quart saucepan, a straining lid or colander, large spoon, 3/4 cup and 1/2 cup measuring cups and a measuring Tablespoon. One paper towel.
- Fill saucepan halfway with water and put on stove on high (or highest setting) to bring to a boil.
- While waiting for water to boil, measure pasta. Also, measure out spinach leaves and lightly rinse. Pat dry with paper towel.
- When water reaches a rolling boil, pour pasta into the pot. Turn heat down one level and give it a stir about every 2 minutes. If the water looks likely to boil over the top of the saucepan, stir and turn the heat down another level. Total cooking time for the pasta should be about 8 minutes or whatever the pasta package directs.
- While the macaroni is cooking, pour the prepared pasta sauce into the 1/2 cup measure.
- [Optional: If you are in a hurry, you can warm up the sauce to a lukewarm level in a microwave oven while you wait for the pasta to finish cooking. Warning: do not heat the sauce on high in the microwave because it will probably boil and splatter.]
- As soon as the macaroni is done cooking, turn off the heat and strain the pasta in a colander OR pour the water out of the pan using the lid to retain the noodles. Then return the pasta to the saucepan. Add the sauce and stir thoroughly. Heat on the stove over medium heat for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat. Gently stir in the baby spinach leaves. (At this time, you could also stir in an optional ingredient.) Either stir in the grated parmesan cheese or sprinkle the cheese on top of the dish on your plate.
|Serving size: Entire pot|
|Calories from Fat||54|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 6 g||9%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Carbohydrates 55 g||18%|
|Sugar 10 g|
|Fiber 5 g||20%|
|Protein 13 g||26%|
|Cholesterol 5 mg||2%|
|Sodium 728 mg||30%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
More Nutrition Data
Percent of Recommended Daily Value
Vitamin A 155%
Vitamin C 35%
Power Veggie One-Person Pasta is fast, it makes me feel like I am eating healthily, and there is only one saucepan to wash. It is a winner at my home.
© 2014 Maren Elizabeth Morgan