Friday, April 20, 2018

Recipe ReDux Post # 69 Greek Pasta Salad

The Recipe ReDux for April is centered around perfect picnic foods.  Being that April 23rd is Picnic Day, we were challenged to developed picnic worthy healthy recipes. I chose to do a pasta salad since it is a delicious take along food and works well as a side or a main meal.  I had been wanting to try some red lentil gluten free pasta I bought at Trader Joes recently so this was the perfect opportunity, and it was quite tasty!  Regular pasta works well in the recipe too and the combo of olives, sundried tomatoes and feta cheese in a light fresh dressing is a winner. I hope you will try it out along with the other great picnic foods created by the Recipe Redux group!


2 cups cooked and cooled pasta (preferably penne, spirals or bowties, I used Trader joes red lentil pasta, which is gluten free)
¼ cup chopped kalamata olives
¼ cup chopped sundried tomatoes
¼ cup low fat crumbled feta cheese
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons olive juice
1 Tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar or red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoons olive oil
spinach/chopped cucumbers (optional, for garnish)


Add the pasta, olives and sundried tomatoes to a medium sized bowl.  In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice, olive juice, vinegar and olive oil.  Pour the dressing over the pasta mixture and toss well to coat. Fold in the feta cheese.  Chill if not serving immediately.  Can be served with spinach and chopped cucumbers for garnish.

Makes 3 cups, 6 servings

Serving size: 1/2 cup Calories 200 Protein 6 g Carb 17 g Fiber 2  g Sugars  3 g Fat 5 g Saturated fat 1 g Sodium 205  mg


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Latest Edition of News Bites

Check out the latest interesting news updates in the world of nutrition and diet!

Including pasta in a low glycemic diet  

A recent systematic review and meta-analysis of 32 trials showed that in comparison with higher glycemic index control diets, pasta in the context of low glycemic index dietary patterns resulted in a reduction of body weight.  Check out the info HERE 

Fortified yogurt can improve body composition, metabolic parameters

A 10 week study showed that adults who were overweight or obese with metabolic syndrome that consumed yogurt fortified with whey protein, calcium and vitamin D experienced increases in 25-hydroxyvitamin D had decreases in waist circumference, body fat mass and body fat percentages  compared with those assigned to eat conventional low-fat yogurt. Read about it HERE

Meat protein is unhealthy, but protein from nuts and seeds is heart smart

A study conducted by researchers in California and France has found that meat protein is associated with a sharp increased risk of heart disease while protein from nuts and seeds is beneficial for the human heart. See it HERE


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