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We provide you with a huge range of recipes that will keep your heart and girth happy! The recipes that are featured here, are low in fat, low in cholesterol, low in calories, and are yet mouth-watering and delicious.
The nutritional values of each and every recipe have been evaluated, and we assure you that these recipes are yummy and at the same time keep your cholesterol levels and sugar levels in check.
These recipes and methods of cooking are suited for people suffering from high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels, cardiac disorders, diabetes, over-weighted-ness and obesity, those who are really conscious about what they eat and how it is cooked, and for those who are going in for a lifestyle change.
For those who think that nutritious and delicious do not go together, this section will come as a pleasant surprise! Go ahead and explore healthy cooking.
Recipe. I: Whole wheat pasta, with spinach dumplings, in a pumpkin sauce recipe
Steamed spinach dumplings and tagliatelle, in a pumpkin gravy, make a delightful and wholesome combination, for the health conscious.
Spinach dumplings are usually served with a rich cream-cheese sauce, but, since, this is a low calorie recipe, the cream-cheese sauce is substituted with a pumpkin sauce. What’s more, steaming is a fat free method of cooking, which keeps the natural flavor, color and texture of the food intact. The way you cook your food is just as important as what you choose to eat. This recipe keeps the heart healthy, and is, at the same time incredibly delicious.
The whole wheat pasta with spinach dumplings is a decidedly nutritious, wholesome, and health-conscious recipe, which can be dished up in about 45 minutes. A cupful of spinach contains only 41 calories, but is extremely nutrient dense. An excellent source of dietary fibre, spinach helps prevent cardio-vascular disorders. Consuming whole wheat is definitely better as compared to refined white flour, and whole wheat exerts several significant health benefits. Pumpkins provide abundant vitamin A and vitamin C, and help make as creamy a sauce as cheese (without the cholesterol).
The recipe: Whole wheat tagliatelle with spinach dumplings recipe
Ingredients for the pasta recipe
For the pasta (tagliatelle)
½ cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon oil
For the pumpkin sauce
½ cup red pumpkin
¼ cup chopped onions
¼ teaspoon chopped garlic
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon low fat butter
½ cup low fat milk
1 teaspoon chili flakes
For the spinach dumplings
1 cup spinach, steamed / blanched and chopped
½ cup cottage cheese (low fat)
A pinch of nutmeg powder
Salt to taste
Method for the pasta recipe
- Mix the ingredients for the pasta, using water to knead the flour. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth, and set aside for 15 minutes.
- Divide the dough in to two equal portions, and roll them out.
- Using a knife, cut out long strips, of about ¼ inch in thickness.
- Boil water, in a vessel, add 1 teaspoon oil, and then add the tagliatelle. Cook for approximately 1 to 2 minutes, till they are ‘al dente’. Remove, and transfer them in to a bowl of cold water.
- Heat the butter, in a non stick pan, add the onions, garlic, and thyme.
- Next, add the pumpkin, and cook till tender. Cool the mixture, and puree it.
- Heat the puree, add the milk, salt and chili flakes. Let the mixture come to a boil. Keep aside.
- For the spinach dumplings, mix all the ingredients, and roll them in to small balls.
- Add the tagliatelle to the pumpkin sauce, place the dumplings and serve immediately.
It is essential to understand that right eating and the correct method of cooking, are crucial aspects of dietary management and prevention of cardiovascular disorders (hypertension, elevated cholesterol levels, and atherosclerosis).