Friday, May 10, 2013

the fit beast feasts: linguine with italian tuna and white beans

if there's one food that lights up my eyes and fattens up my thighs, it's pasta.  from cheese smothered angel hair, to linguine with a cream cheese, garlic, and herb sauce, to a hearty lasagna, there is no concept of portion control once i dig in to serve myself.  i just love love love love love that naughty pasta loaded up with sauce and cheese.

well, i used to love it like that.  it might sound weird, but one of my new favorite ways to eat pasta is with fishy, smelly tuna.  even if i'm feeling lazy and do a whole wheat pasta with a packet of tuna and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese or a "fancier" recipe like the one below, this is my new favorite!

per serving, this recipe boasts only 386 calories, 6 g of fat (1 g saturated) 62 g carbs, 9 g fiber, and 26 g of protein.  not guilt-free, but guilt-less.

8 ounces spinach linguine
8 ounces italian tuna, packed in oil
1/4 c fresh lemon juice
2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 can (15 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped italian flat leaf parsley
1/2 thinly sliced lemon (optional)

cook pasta as directed on package; drain and rinse under cold water.  drain tuna, reserving oil in a salad bowl; whisk juice, garlic, salt and pepper with oil.  flake tuna into same bowl.  add pasta, beans, onion, and chopped parsley; toss gently to coat with dressing.  serve with parsley leaves and lemon slices if desired.

eat clean.  live lean.  live better.  live longer.

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