There are few things as effortlessly wonderful as a good, hearty plate of pasta. Add chorizo to that and you’re LITERALLY winning at life – in all ways besides losing weight. In fact, you are very likely to gain about half your body size after eating a meal like that (give or take 1000 calories).
Okay, maybe not thaaaat much but I’m overexaggerating to get the point across.
Which is HOW THE HECK do you lose weight if you can’t eat a nice bowl of pasta?!!
If you ask me, people who want to lose weight (myself included) start out all willy-nilly and positive about life – because they ate a boat load of Bolognese the night before – and then BOOM! A few days later your body is like, “NOPE!” I’M OUT!”
This is why I always advocate BALANCE.
Don’t you dare roll your eyes at me! Because yes – I used to do that to my mom too when she would be all like: “Just eat a balanced diet!”.
In my defense – can we really define a balanced diet???
Let me be clear: In this context I am referring to balance as a lack of DEPRIVATION. Because I think most people would get into an argument about what a “balanced diet” really is. One person says its eating a little of everything, the other person says it’s cutting out carbs. Point is – that’s NOT my point today (think I’ll leave that monster for a different day).
In all my years of being nutrition, diet and fitness obsessed I have learnt a valuable lesson. And that lesson is all about a mindshift: stop depriving yourself because it only leads to a vicious cycle of more overindulgence and deprivation. It’s horrible!!
Listen to your body! It’s not easy, but it’s worth the effort ? (okay unless it’s telling you to go to KFC). Maybe read this post to explain a little further.
As usual I’m straying waaaaay off topic ;p
BACK! The long and the short is: I made this delicious Chorizo Chicken Fettuccini that you simply HAVE to try! Because as you can tell from my rant – you need pasta in your life, but sometimes you don’t need an extra 1000 calories on top of your 2000 calories. So the simple (and absolutely satisfying) solution is: NO CALORIE NOODLES!!!
Because now you can eat DOUBLE and still have less than half the calories!!
Come on! It’s a NO BRAINER ?
Chicken Chorizo Fettuccini Recipe
My Chicken Chorizo recipe is nice and easy and will take you less than 30 minutes to make 🙂
What I love most (okay besides the no-calorie part) is the fact you don’t need to cook these noodles (happy dance!!!). And this obviously cuts a bit of time AND dirty dishes off of your meal.
Take a look at the recipe below, but basically, cook the Chorizo until it starts letting off some oil – then toss in everything else and simmer until cooked and deliciously thick – then add the no calorie noodles 🙂
You can buy the noodles from most health shops and supermarkets – maybe check out Dischem first 🙂
They look like this:
- Serves: 2 large servings
- Serving size: 347
- Calories: 347
- Fat: 13.5g
- Carbohydrates: 26.4g
- Sugar: 11.6g
- Sodium: 732.6mg
- Fiber: 10.7g
- Protein: 37.8g
- Cholesterol: 85.8mg
- 60g chorizo sausage (about 7cm piece), cut into slices
- 1 large chicken breast, sliced
- 2 cups chopped red and yellow peppers
- 150g baby marrow, chopped
- ½ medium yellow onion
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp paprika
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp dried chili flakes
- ½ can chopped Italian tomatoes
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 packet no calorie noodles (fettuccini)
- In a frying pan on medium heat, cook the chorizo until it starts rendering its fat and caramelises bit on the outside.
- Remove from the pan and set aside.
- Fry the onion in the chorizo oil until slightly softened (2 min).
- Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds (stirring) before adding the chicken strips and the rest of the vegetables.
- Cook for about 5 minutes before adding all the spices and salt.
- Add the tin of chopped tomatoes and the tomato paste.
- Let simmer until the sauce is nice and thick and the chicken is cooked (be careful not to overcook the chicken).
- Drain the no calorie noodles and rinse under water before adding them to the "pasta" sauce.
- Mix well.
- Serve and enjoy!