I’m trying to limit my intake of rice to one meal a day (either lunch or dinner) and whole wheat pasta is a great substitute for rice. Though I do go through my carb-phobic phases and completely stay off rice and roti and eat only dal-sabzi-dahi, it is kind of pointless to completely cut the carbs out of your diet. I guess everything in moderation is ok.
Pasta can be very heavy, so for lunch today I kept it light by making pasta salad. It’s simple, filling and nutritious: you can add any veggies you like and boiled chicken, tuna or feta. I like using tomatoes, onions, gherkins, and steamed broccoli or beans (for my green vegetable element.) I also like throwing in red or yellow bell peppers if I have any lying around.
Cooked pasta- ½ cup
1 medium sized tomato, chopped
1 medium sized red onion, sliced
Gherkins- a handful, chopped
Steamed broccoli/beans- as much as you like 🙂
Toss everything together with some olive oil, salt, cracked pepper, lime juice, a dash of balsamic vinegar and Italian seasoning. If you don’t have Italian seasoning in a bottle, you can use dried oregano and thyme- the easiest thing would be to use a leftover sachet of seasoning from the last time you ordered pizza from Domino’s!!