INSANITY PASTA RECIPE: Whole Wheat Pasta with Veggies & Feta
Is the whole wheat pasta in this Insanity pasta recipe really better for you?
Yep, it is. Here’s why:
When whole wheat is refined, the grain’s outer layer (the bran) and the part of the seed that sprouts (the germ) are lost…and, with these go Vitamin E, B vitamins, fiber, protein, healthy fats, and antioxidants that reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and a host of digestive problems. Don’t be fooled by the “enriched” refined pastas…they still don’t cut it.
Why is this done, you ask? To make it last longer and cost less, of course—two of the American culture’s unfortunate goals when it comes to food.
Yes, whole wheat pasta takes a little getting used to. It’s more grainy and has a stronger taste. It’s especially important to follow the cooking instructions so you don’t end up with a sticky mess. With time, good prep, and delicious toppings, you’ll adapt in no time.
Now, all bets are off if you’re intolerant of or allergic to wheat. If that’s the case, give quinoa pasta a try.
This is one of the easiest Insanity recipes out there…and a great opportunity for you to give whole wheat pasta try if you haven’t yet done so.
- 3/4 cup whole wheat pasta (cooked)
- 1 cup mixed vegetables (steamed and chopped)
- 1/3 cup feta cheese (crumbled)
- Top pasta with veggies and cheese and eat!
For a 400 calorie meal, simple add 2-3 oz grilled chicken breast. For a 500 calorie meal, eat a pear in addition to the chicken.