Pasta Main Dishes
This is a very versatile dish that is great for veggie lovers, meat lovers, and those who avoid gluten.
Ghostly surprises await children brave enough to eat their vegetables!!! (MUAAAAAAAHHH!) This zucchini pesto dish will have them howling at the moon.
Mirliton (chayote) is a great local Louisiana squash that when seasoned with other veggies and proteins absorbs great flavor. Mirliton is chock full of potassium and low in cholestrol and fat.
This light and low calorie cream sauce will rock your world. Add any other garden or fall veggies to the recipe to increase nutrition and flavor.
Bring the taste of local shrimp to a light pasta dinner within 30 minutes or less.
Make it a fun task to cook with your kids. Let them wash the veggies, help you stir the ingredients together, serve the meal. Children pick up good eating habits at home first, so the more you involve kids in the process, the healthier foods will be easy to introduce to them and fun to eat.
Lamb and egpplant marry well in sauces. The rich flavor of lamb and all the seasonings in this dish are absorbed by the eggplant. Enjoy with a fresh salad or a side of steamed veggies.
This is a great dish for kids and a quick meal for anyone looking for homecooking just under 30 minutes.
A tasty simple dish that is quick to make without a heavy sauce or cream.
This is a great pasta salad for picky eaters and young children.
Here is a vegetarian friendly version of Yaka Mein. This dish is known for it’s wonderful blend of Southern and Chinese flavors. Try it without meat, or if you want to add a little protein try seitan, chunks of chicken, pork, or seafood.
Shrimp has 1/3 less the calories than chicken and living in Louisiana, there is plenty of shrimp to prepare for healthy meals.
So creamy, so decadent and yet so delicious you won't miss the animal fat.
You can make this easy pasta dish with any low-fat ground meat, seitan (vegetarian meat substitue made with whey protein) or with only vegetables. Recipe adapted from the Mushroom Council.
This veggi-tastic pasta salad is low in calories and sure to fill you up when served with a leafy salad or with your favorite lean protein. Recipe courtesy of CanolaInfo.
By tossing Louisiana crawfish into your pasta dish you are adding protein that is less calories than chicken.
A leafy green salad and garlic bread is the perfect balance to this meal. This recipe is courtesy of California Tomato Commission.
This dish is creamy, flavorful, and fun to make! The shrimp makes a great lean protein source, and it’s tossed with a whole-grain pasta and veggies.
Here’s a diabetes-friendly version of classic beef stroganoff. Save yourself prep time with this recipe by buying presliced mushrooms. From Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking, 2nd Edition by Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, LDN, CDE, and Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough
Angel hair pasta cooks in 6 minutes and the vegetables roast unattended. This recipe gives you a 5 star meal in just 20 minutes.
A fun and tasty salad that uses 2 beans and a zesty dressing to go along with everyone's favorite shaped pasta.
This pasta entree features a fresh-tasting tomato and white bean sauce. Serve it with fresh steamed vegetables or a tossed salad.
When it comes to making quick, weeknight dinners, this creative pasta recipe is hard to beat. Garlic, olive oil, two kinds of tomatoes, beans, and herbs all come together to make this dish utterly unforgettable.