Tonight I had a meal that felt quite substantial but was actually very low calorie. This dish uses a pasta substitute that’s available in health food shops and contains only 7.7 calories per 100g. Fair warning: it’s very, very chewy, which takes some getting used to.
The ‘pesto’ is super easy to make, using savoury yeast for flavour and nutrition, liquid aminos for seasoning, alongside fresh basil, baby spinach and garlic for that classic pesto flavour.
If you’re vegan, coeliac, or controlling your calorie intake, this is a good dish for those days when you need something filling.
Here’s what to do (feeds one):
- 60g baby spinach (14 calories)
- 1 pack of Slim Pasta spaghetti (16 calories)
- 1/2 tsp olive oil (20 calories)
- 8 tsp water (0 calories)
- 1 rounded tbsp Engevita savoury yeast condiment with B12 (40 calories)
- 1 small handful fresh basil (2 calories)
- 1 spray of Liquid Aminos vegan soy sauce alternative (1 calorie)
- 1/2 clove garlic (1 calorie)
(Calories are estimated)
- In a large pan over a low heat, put the spinach, basil, oil, and garlic and half the water and cook until totally wilted – add the rest of the water if it goes dry
- Tip into a blender, add the liquid aminos and yeast and blitz for a few seconds
- Drain and wash the ‘pasta’, then cook over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes
- Stir the sauce through and serve
Simple, yummy, filling.