Alfredo Sauce… Healthified

When I saw Megan’s post about a healthier version of fettuccine Alfredo that she read about in Runners’ World magazine, I immediately scanned the ingredient list to see if I had everything necessary to recreate this recipe at home tonight.

Sch-weeeeet! I did!

The Goods

Healthified fettuccine Alfredo for dinn-ah!

The sauce was super easy to make (a requirement for all PBF dinners, apparently πŸ˜‰ ) and I got to use the fresh garlic Ryan’s mom gave us the last time we were visiting her in Sarasota.

Minced Garlic

Within 15 minutes we had a creamy, healthier version of Alfredo sauce a-awaitin’ some pasta.

Saucy

I topped fettuccine noodles with the sauce and threw in some steamed broccoli and sautΓ©ed portobello mushrooms for good measure.

Veggies + Pasta + Sauce

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Dinner

Β Ryan and I both thought the recipe was good… but not great. It was a little tangy from the Greek yogurt. When I think of Alfredo sauce I think of creamy, cheesy, buttery goodness. πŸ˜‰ For a healthy substitute, however, it was pretty darn good!

Do you prefer red sauce or white sauce?

I’m a red sauce girl through and through, but I do like to change it up every now and then.

Rocco’s Fettuccine Alfredo (Recipe by Rocco DiSpirito)

Ingredients:

8 ounces whole-wheat fettuccine
1 tablespoon butter
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Pinch of ground nutmeg
3/4 cup low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3/4 cup 5 percent Greek yogurt
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add fettuccine; cook according to package directions.

While pasta cooks, melt butter in a large nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook two minutes.

Combine cornstarch and nutmeg in a small bowl; whisk in chicken broth until smooth. Pour into saute pan, raise the heat, and bring sauce to a simmer, whisking occasionally.

Whisk in 1/2 cup of the cheese until melted. Remove pan from heat.
Whisk in yogurt until smooth.

Toss fettuccine with Alfredo sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Top pasta with remaining cheese. Serves four.

Nutritional information (per serving): Calories – 336, Carbs – 47g, Protein – 18g, Fat – 10g

Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literally

Today was a day for cheeeeeese!

Lunch included a melted Swiss cheese and roasted red pepper hummus sandwich on my second honey wheat sandwich thin of the day… I love these things!

Cheese + Hummus Sandwich

Tuesday's Lunch

On the side I enjoyed garlic roasted asparagus.

Asparagus

I’m gettin’ ready for some stinky pee!

If you are one of the people who experience stinky pee after eating asparagus, this little tidbit from MSNBC may be of interest to you:

“Asparagus contains a sulfur compound called mercaptan. It is also found in onions, garlic, rotten eggs, and in the secretions of skunks. The signature smell occurs when this substance is broken down in your digestive system. Not all people have the gene for the enzyme that breaks down mercaptan, so some of you can eat all the asparagus you want without stinking up the place.”

So, who else out there has the stinky pee enzyme? πŸ˜‰

I know it’s not just me and this lil’ guy:

Baby Skunk

(And yes I did just use stinky pee as an excuse for a cute baby animal picture. πŸ™‚ )

Total Eclipse of the Heart

I bet you thought the (wildly inappropriate and wildly awesome) version of Total Eclipse of the Heart from Old School was the most entertaining version of the song out there, didn’t you?

Enter the literal interpretation of the Total Eclipse of the Heart music video:

I think I smiled the entire time I watched this video!

Isn’t it Ironic

Guess who crept into my dreams last night?

Alanis Morissette

The one and only Alanis Morissette!

Odd, huh?

Has a celebrity entered your dreams recently?

In my dream, Alanis was leading my high school diving team in a motivating cheer before a meet. The cheer was simply all of us singing Ironic at the top of our lungs.

“It’s like raaaaaaain on your wedding day! It’s a free riiiiiiide when you’ve already paid…”

What a classic. πŸ˜‰

Workout

I totally forgot about my dream until an Alanis Morissette song came on my iPod at the gym and triggered the memory. πŸ™‚

(Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I definitely have more than one Alanis song on my iPod. Jagged Little Pill was one of my first CDs and I still love it. )

This morning I brought back a lil’ HIIT training into my life.

I hopped on the treadmill for 30 minutes and completed about 20 minutes of HIIT training.

HIIT Treadmill Workout

30 Min. HIIT Workout

(Ryan and Mama, how awesome is this Excel sheet picture I made!? Aren’t you proud!?)

The actual HIIT training only lasted for 20 minutes, but that was more than enough! It felt easy in the beginning, but by the end I was huffin’ and puffin’.

Woo-wee, I was a sweaty mess afterward!

After looking like a loony switching back and forth from sprinting and walking on the treadmill, I hopped on the elliptical for 20 minutes of light cardio with the latest issue of Oxygen magazine.

I flagged two yummy lookin’ recipes in the magazine so stay tuned!

Breakfast

Ladies and gentlemen, little Miss Peanut Butter Fingers doin’ what she does best:

Me + PB!

Why-oh-why are peanut butter fingers so gosh darn delicious?

Clearly peanut butter was the star of my breakfast.

I enjoyed a peanut butter and strawberry sandwich on a honey wheat Arnold sandwich thin.

Strawberries

Pb & Strawberry Sandwich

I also sipped on a hot tumbler of my gym’s free coffee (Barnie’s cinnamon butter cookie… SO good!).

Tuesday's Breakfast

Any meal with peanut butter is a good one. πŸ˜€

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to blog reader Alison!

Angel Food Cupcake for the Birthday Girl!

I love getting emails from you and hope you enjoy your wonderful day (and that slice of angel food cake with icing you’re excited about)! πŸ˜€