Eat– for Good Health

Last night I made PASTA WITH BEANS, SPINACH, AND FETA for a 350-calorie dinner.  This dinner is very Tuscan, and it reminded my husband of our trip to Italy last July.  I could picture the Umbria area which to us looked a whole lot like Napa Valley in California without the beautiful old, old buildings.  Italy is a beautiful place, and I think about the way things are viewed. 

The photo above is from Howard L. Pucket
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped spinach leaves
  • 4 cups hot cooked cavatappi (about 6 ounces uncooked spiral-shaped pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (19-ounce) can cannellini beans or other white beans, drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed (if you like garlic)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup green and black olives
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts

To prepare all you have to do is toss everything together.  I sprinkled pine nuts on the top.

  • Fresh ground black pepper (optional)

11 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, did I tell you my dear husband, Rob, checks your website for recipes? He’s the shopper and cook in our family and likes your super solutions for busy cooks. He is making this for us tonight, but knowing him he might buy a package of steak strips to put in it!

  2. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Ha, Reba. I love him for his cuteness and other qualities as well. Sometimes I wish he didn’t feel so guilty about the propeller accident that took off my foot. He was a by-stander and had nothing to do with it.

  3. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice, Rob just happened to have a crush on you. He wanted to be there for your recovery, and then you got to know him. I’m so glad you fell in love with Rob. You hadn’t made such good choices before him!

  4. Janessa Breckenridge

    Send Rob over to my house to teach my husband a few things, will you, Mary Alice?
    Seriously, great nutrition here! The humble bean is quite the super food: packed with calcium, iron, potassium, B vitamins, plus about a quarter of the protein and half the fiber recommended daily for adults—all in a single serving.

  5. Dr. Jill

    Oh my gosh, I constantly remind my patients that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, beans may even lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, which can help boost heart health. Beans also do double duty in the food pyramid as both a vegetable and a protein. Not to mention, beans are easy to cook with, widely available and inexpensive.

  6. Kathleen Rowland

    Indeed, Jill. Beans are “good fat”! Beans and their legume cousins (such as soybeans, chickpeas and lentils) have been cultivated and consumed for centuries as a part of many world cuisines.

  7. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Funny thing, Jill, I just bought bacon-wrapped filet mignon steaks off a meat truck cruising in the neighborhood. This box of eight for $25 will last a long, long time. Rob and our sons, Max and Jake, enjoy steak now and then.

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