One of my favorite light meals is a salad plate size amount of pasta with sauce. Just simple, boil pasta, and pour sauce from jar onto cooked pasta. Done! But of course, I can't just have any pasta or sauce, it has to be loaded with eating wellness.
So, while at Trader Joes I saw this Fusilli with Flax. Flax as many of you know is high in fiber and is a good non-seafood source for Omega-3s. The base ingredient of the Fusilli is Durum Whole Wheat Flour along with Whole Grain Spelt, and Barley Flour. This Fusilli is 3/4 cup for one serving with 190 calories, 1.5g of Fat, 40g of carbs, and 8g of Protein.
When eating the pasta you can taste and feel the texture of the spelt. It's not bad, it's just a bit different experience (a bit more chewy) than eating Semolina based pastas that most people are used to. I liked this TJs Fusilli with Flax. The instructions say to boil for 9 minutes. I ended up boiling mine for 11 minutes to get to the consistency I like. Right out of the hot water the Fusilli looks like any old pasta.
For the sauce, I got the TJ's Trader Giottos brand Bolognese. This is one of my favorite pasta sauces because it's a bit on the sweet side. I like my sauces sweet & tangy. This TJ's sauce is sweetened with cane juice versus corn syrup like many commercial brand pasta sauces. This Bolognese sauce is 1/2 cup for one serving with 80 calories, 4.5g of Fat, 8g of Carbs, and 3g of Protein. The Fat content in this sauce is due to the fact that they added some Romano Cheese into the mix.
I top my pasta with Asiago cheese. I like Asiago because it has more zest than Parmesan. Again, I'm a zesty kinda gal. So, in my area, for $2.99 for the Bolognese, and $1.69 for the Fusilli this meal is cheap and made with ingredients that had no artificial colors or flavors, and no preservatives or corn syrup. And how often do you get Omega 3s with a pasta meal? Deelicious!