WIAW: Spinach and Mushroom Alfredo

One of the first things I had to learn after deciding to lose weight was what my no-no foods were! One of the things on that list was chicken alfredo. Most restaurant chicken alfredo dishes rack in at over 1000 calories a serving. ONE THOUSAND CALORIES!!

I quickly decided that giving up high calories dishes like that was key in my weight loss but in time I got smart and I realized that simple swaps in my recipes could allow me to enjoy my favorite flavors.

Two ways to make an alfredo dish healthier is to swap out chicken for vegetables and to lighten up the alfredo sauce with almond or soy milk for heavy cream.  Making those two changes helped me to create my spinach and mushroom alfredo.

Spinach and Mushroom Alfredo Ingredients

Ingredients

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot sliced
1 package of mushrooms, sliced (4 oz)
1 small bag spinach, stems removed
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 cup Silk Pure Almond Unsweetened Original
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
8 oz fettuccine or other whole wheat pasta, cooked
salt and pepper
1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley or basil

Weighing Pasta

To start, measure out 4 servings of whole wheat pasta.  Measuring is the best way to reach an exact serving size and not intake more calories than planned.

Weighing Pasta

As the pasta boils, sauté a shallot in extra virgin olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Next add the diced mushrooms and cook for an additional 3 minutes.

Saute Mushroom and Onions

Next add diced fresh spinach and cook 1-2 minutes until wilted.

Fresh Chopped Spinach

Remove the vegetables from the pan and then begin to build your alfredo sauce.

Light Alfredo Sauce with Almond Milk

To start, melt butter and sauté garlic for 1 minute.  To the sauteed garlic and butter add 2 tbsp of flour and whisk together for 1 minute.

Butter and Garlic

Next whisk in almond milk and heat through, stirring well until fully combined.  To finish the sauce add Parmesan cheese and cook 1-2 minutes, until cheese is melted.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Homemade Light Alfredo Sauce

To the completed sauce add in your sauteed mushrooms, scallions, and spinach.

vegetable alfredo

Combine well and season to taste.  To my dish I added red pepper flakes for some heat.

Vegetable light alfredo sauce

To serve, place a serving of whole wheat pasta in the bottom of a bowl.  Top with 1 cup of spinach and mushroom alfredo sauce and top with chopped Italian parsley.

Vegetable light alfredo sauce

After altering the dish and saving 470 calories, I don’t know if I’ll ever be temped to return to regular alfredo.

Nutritional Information (based on the exact ingredients used in this post)

Calories – 530
Fat – 17
Saturated Fat – 4
Cholesterol – 46
Carbohydrates – 79
Protein – 18
Sodium – 526
Fiber – 4

Recipe serves 4

10PP on Weight Watchers as vegetables are 0PP (do not use the nutritional information above to figure out points).

Vegetable light alfredo sauce

What are two tips you have for altering a dish to make it healthier?

This post is also featured on WIAW.

Comments

  1. Jules says

    I love this. One of the things I was afraid of when I started Weight Watchers was that I would rely on pre- made food because of the easy and exact calculations and it would take away my love to cook, but recipes like this let me know its possible to both lose weight and still enjoy time in the litchen :-)

  2. says

    Wow, count me in! That dish looks so delicious! I can almost smell it. ;-) My “healthy” tips would include replacing some of the fat in baking with Greek yogurt or applesauce, and in cooking, use lots of herbs and spices for flavor instead of salt!

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