Italian food is SO good. It’s one thing that’s just too hard for me to give up. The half-Italian side of me just won’t let it happen.
But eating low fat doesn’t mean eating stuff that tastes like cardboard. Last I checked, I still have taste buds. So the goal is to find the stuff that tastes good and is good for you. With Italian food, this seems near impossible. I mean, how do you make vodka sauce healthy?
Well, truth is, you really can’t. But there’s a ton of other ways to take the Italian food you love, make a few easy adjustments, and ENJOY!
Easiest adjustment is with linguini with clam sauce. Linguini is harmless in terms of fat. It’s better as a whole grain, but hey, that’s your prerogative. It’s really the clam sauce that’s the problem here.
So the question is: white sauce or red? When you go out to eat (or make it yourself), how do you know?
Easy. Red sauce = GOOD. White sauce = BAD.
Red sauce is tomato-based. Tomatoes aren’t fatty. White sauce, however, is butter-based. BAD NEWS.
Let’s take Progresso clam sauces as an example.
Here’s the one to buy:
Image via hothothot.com.
It has 1g of fat in a 1/2 cup serving.
Here’s the one to ignore:
Image via ruggierosmarket.com.
It has 10g of fat in a 1/2 cup serving, and its base isn’t even made with butter. Try soybean oil. Yum.
So, saving 9g of fat with the swap of a sauce? Sounds pretty simple to me.