Air Fryer Simple Adobo Chicken Thighs

Growing up, the only way we had chicken was either rotisserie or grilled chicken breasts. I recently discovered the juicy, flavorful goodness that are chicken thighs, and there’s no going back! I’ve tried to figure out the best and easiest way to cook these babies, and I think I discovered it! With just a little oil and adobo seasoning, they come out perfect in the air fryer!

Ingredients:

4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

1 tsp olive oil (I used spray)

2 tbsp Goya Adobo seasoning

Directions:

  1. Pat your chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.
  2. Spray evenly with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle generously with Goya Adobo seasoning.
  4. Set your air fryer to 160 degrees F.
  5. Place your chicken thighs in the air fryer, making sure they do not touch (you may have to work in batches).
  6. Cook for 22 minutes, flipping thighs over halfway through, until chicken is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165 degrees F).
  7. Slice up and serve on its own, with a side, in a salad, or however you please!
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Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 6 points per serving. Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Air Fryer Simple Adobo Chicken Thighs

Category: Chicken

Yield: 4

Air Fryer Simple Adobo Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp olive oil (I used spray)
  • 2 tbsp Goya Adobo seasoning

Instructions

  1. Pat your chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.
  2. Spray evenly with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle generously with Goya Adobo seasoning.
  4. Set your air fryer to 160 degrees F.
  5. Place your chicken thighs in the air fryer, making sure they do not touch (you may have to work in batches).
  6. Cook for 22 minutes, flipping thighs over halfway through, until chicken is cooked through (an internal temperature of 165 degrees F).
  7. Slice up and serve on its own, with a side, in a salad, or however you please!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/05/21/air-fryer-simple-adobo-chicken-thighs/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.
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Beef Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower and Broccoli Rice

I’ve just recently tried stuffed peppers for the first time since I grew up without thinking I liked peppers (I was an incredibly picky eater!). I love how easy they are to assemble and how the peppers don’t only provide a container for the meat, but they provide an edible container. Kind of like a bread bowl…but without the guilt!

Ingredients

3 green bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise

1 lb ground beef, 90% lean, 10% fat

1 yellow onion, diced

Cauliflower & Broccoli rice mixture (I found mine pre-made in my local grocery story, but you can usually find cauliflower rice on its own in the freezer veggie section and just use that!)

1 tsp olive oil

28 oz. tomato sauce

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Salt and pepper, to taste

Cheese, to sprinkle on the peppers before cooking

Directions

  1. Set oven to preheat at 400 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and saute onions until translucent.
  3. Add in ground beef, and cook until fully brown.
  4. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika and stir to combine with all meat.
  5. Stir in half of the tomato sauce (about 14 oz.) and heat until just starting to bubble. Add in the cauliflower/broccoli rice and stir to combine. Add in a little more salt and pepper or seasonings, to taste, if desired.
  6. Place the peppers, cut in half lengthwise, into a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon the meat and rice mixture into each pepper carefully.
  7. Pour a little extra sauce on each one. Then, carefully top with about 1 tbsp shredded cheese of your choice (I used a Mexican blend).
  8. Next, take the remaining can of tomato sauce and mix with water until it has a thinner consistency. Carefully pour about 1/2 inch of liquid into the bottom of the baking dish.
  9. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
  10. After time is up, take the dish out and uncover it, allowing the peppers to cool a bit. Serve two at a time!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 3 points for one serving (1 full pepper per serving). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Beef Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower and Broccoli Rice

Category: Dinner

Yield: 3

1 full pepper (two halves)

Beef Stuffed Peppers with Cauliflower and Broccoli Rice

Ingredients

  • 3 green bell peppers, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 lb ground beef, 90% lean, 10% fat
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • Cauliflower & Broccoli rice mixture (I found mine pre-made in my local grocery story, but you can usually find cauliflower rice on its own in the freezer veggie section and just use that!)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 28 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Cheese, to sprinkle on the peppers before cooking

Instructions

  1. Set oven to preheat at 400 degrees F.
  2. In a skillet, heat olive oil and saute onions until translucent.
  3. Add in ground beef, and cook until fully brown.
  4. Sprinkle in salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and paprika and stir to combine with all meat.
  5. Stir in half of the tomato sauce (about 14 oz.) and heat until just starting to bubble. Add in the cauliflower/broccoli rice and stir to combine. Add in a little more salt and pepper or seasonings, to taste, if desired.
  6. Place the peppers, cut in half lengthwise, into a 9×13 baking dish. Spoon the meat and rice mixture into each pepper carefully.
  7. Pour a little extra sauce on each one. Then, carefully top with about 1 tbsp shredded cheese of your choice (I used a Mexican blend).
  8. Next, take the remaining can of tomato sauce and mix with water until it has a thinner consistency. Carefully pour about 1/2 inch of liquid into the bottom of the baking dish.
  9. Cover dish tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven for 45 minutes.
  10. After time is up, take the dish out and uncover it, allowing the peppers to cool a bit. Serve two at a time!
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/05/01/beef-stuffed-peppers-with-cauliflower-and-broccoli-rice/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Vegetarian Mexican Taco Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette

With this easy combination of corns, beans, shallots, jalapeños, and tomatoes, you can top just about anything and make it taste great. Paired with a homemade avocado yogurt vinaigrette and a crisp tortilla shell served over lettuce, this is the ultimate salad! Large and filling too!

Ingredients

For the topping:

10.5 oz container cherry tomatoes

1 can of black beans

1 can of yellow corn

1 jalapeno, diced

2 shallots, diced

1/2 tbsp canola oil

Salt and pepper to taste

For the dressing:

1/2 avocado

2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt

2 tsp sherry vinegar

2 limes

Salt and pepper to taste

For the salad:

1 head of romaine lettuce

1/2 of remaining avocado, diced for topping

Sprinkle of shredded Mexican cheese

2 flour tortillas

Directions

For the topping:

  1. Heat canola oil in a skillet until it is shimmering. Then, add diced shallots, jalapeño, and corn. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook for about 4 minutes. Then, drain and rinse can of black beans. Add it to the mixture until heated through, approximately 1 minute.
  3. Take the skillet off the heat and add in tomatoes. Stir. Add a little more salt and pepper, to taste.
Add tomatoes once off the heat!

For the dressing:

  1. Slice avocado in half. Mash up in a bowl.
  2. Add in the juice of two limes (or less, to taste), 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, and 2 tsp sherry vinegar. Whisk until it creates a smooth, creamy consistency. Add in salt and pepper, to taste.

For the salad:

  1. Chop the romaine lettuce.
  2. Toss in the dressing
  3. Spray the tortilla with canola oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F until light and crispy, about 15-20 minutes. Or cook in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  4. Layer the salad with the crispy tortilla on the bottom, then the dressed lettuce, then the tomato, bean, corn mixture. Sprinkle with fresh, diced avocado, Mexican shredded cheese, and a spritz of lime juice.
  5. Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 11 points for one serving (about 2 large servings total). 8 points if you ditch the tortilla! Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

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Vegetarian Mexican Taco Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Category: Salad, Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine: Mexican

Yield: 2

Vegetarian Mexican Taco Salad with Avocado Vinaigrette

Ingredients

    For the topping:
  • 10.5 oz container cherry tomatoes
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of yellow corn
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 1/2 tbsp canola oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
    For the dressing:
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 tbsp plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 2 limes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
    For the salad:
  • 1 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 of remaining avocado, diced for topping
  • Sprinkle of shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 flour tortillas

Instructions

    For the topping:
  1. Heat canola oil in a skillet until it is shimmering. Then, add diced shallots, jalapeño, and corn. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook for about 4 minutes. Then, drain and rinse can of black beans. Add it to the mixture until heated through, approximately 1 minute.
  3. Take the skillet off the heat and add in tomatoes. Stir. Add a little more salt and pepper, to taste.
    For the dressing:
  1. Slice avocado in half. Mash up in a bowl.
  2. Add in the juice of two limes (or less, to taste), 2 tbsp Greek yogurt, and 2 tsp sherry vinegar. Whisk until it creates a smooth, creamy consistency. Add in salt and pepper, to taste.
    For the salad:
  1. Chop the romaine lettuce.
  2. Toss in the dressing
  3. Spray the tortilla with canola oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F until light and crispy, about 15-20 minutes. Or cook in the air fryer at 350 degrees F for 15 minutes.
  4. Layer the salad with the crispy tortilla on the bottom, then the dressed lettuce, then the tomato, bean, corn mixture. Sprinkle with fresh, diced avocado, Mexican shredded cheese, and a spritz of lime juice.
https://aspoonfulofsimple.com/2019/04/25/vegetarian-mexican-taco-salad-with-avocado-vinaigrette/
Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

Though I am not gluten free, there was a time when I was testing out some gluten free recipes for a friend. This one came out great with the substitution of gluten free breadcrumbs instead of regular or Italian, though I’m sure any way you do it would turn out great! These turkey meatballs are truly a meal prepper’s dream, as they require about 10 minutes of prep time, and then they cook themselves in the slow cooker. I originally got and adapted this recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, Gina from http://www.skinnytaste.com.

Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey breast

1 egg

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/4 cup dried parsley

1/4 cup gluten free (or regular if not making GF) breadcrumbs

1 tsp minced garlic

1 28 oz. can tomato sauce

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey breast, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, parsley, grated parmesan, and garlic (get in there with your hands a bit to mix it in!)
  2. Form small meatballs with your hands, about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. Place in one layer in the slow cooker (depending on size, may make between 18-24 small meatballs).
  3. Cover the meatballs with a can of your favorite tomato sauce.
  4. Set the slow cooker to cook on LOW for 4 hours. Stir meatballs carefully about halfway through to avoid over-browning on one side (optional).
  5. After 4 hours, take out the meatballs and serve them alone or with side of your choice!
Everything ready to mix up!
Ready to get sauced.
Try to evenly coat with sauce.
Now, we wait…

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 1 point for one serving of meatballs (about 4 meatballs per serving). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app. **Whatever you serve this with will most likely add more points! For a low point meal option, try serving it with zoodles, zucchini noodles.**

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Turkey Meatballs

  • Servings: 5
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 lb ground turkey breast
1 egg
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup dried parsley
1/4 cup gluten free (or regular if not making GF) breadcrumbs
1 tsp minced garlic
1 28 oz. can tomato sauce

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine the ground turkey breast, breadcrumbs, garlic, egg, parsley, grated parmesan, and garlic (get in there with your hands a bit to mix it in!)
2. Form small meatballs with your hands, about an inch to an inch and a half in diameter. Place in one layer in the slow cooker (depending on size, may make between 18-24 small meatballs).
3. Cover the meatballs with a can of your favorite tomato sauce.
4. Set the slow cooker to cook on LOW for 4 hours. Stir meatballs carefully about halfway through to avoid over-browning on one side (optional).
5. After 4 hours, take out the meatballs and serve them alone or with side of your choice!

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator. Calories reflect one serving of dip only.

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

One of my favorite things to order at Mexican restaurants is chicken tortilla soup. Something about the warmth of the soup, the gooey cheese, the rich rice, the crunchy tortillas, and the soft avocados combine to make an amazing, yet simple dish. I never thought of making this soup until I came across a recipe on my Instant Pot app. With some tweaks, I’ve come across my favorite version of chicken tortilla soup. And since it’s made in the Instant Pot, you can set it and let it do the work!

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

3 10 oz. cans of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles

1/2 cup chicken broth

1 yellow onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1 can black beans

1 can yellow corn

1 package Uncle Ben’s (or rice of your choice) Whole Grain Ready Rice

1 avocado

1/2 lime

Shredded Mexican cheese

Tortilla chips of choice, crunched up into small pieces

Directions

  1. In your Instant Pot (I have the 6-Qt Duo Model), open the lid and combine the chicken thighs, Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, chicken broth, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir well.
  2. Close the lid of your instant pot and be sure to set your vent to “Sealing Mode.”
Be sure the valve is towards “sealing” when you want to cook. “Venting” is for when the cooking is over and you want to vent the pot and release the pressure that has built up.

3. Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook on High for 9 minutes.

4. Once the pressure has built (give this time, it takes longer than you’d expect sometimes!), let the soup cook for 9 minutes. Then, after cooking time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release (don’t flip to venting yet) for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you may quick release the vent and let the pressure decrease. (My model reads LO: + however many minutes has passed to show the natural release time –example LO:10 for this recipe!)

5. Carefully open the lid and take out chicken thighs with tongs to shred separately. Return back to the soup.

6. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode for 7 minutes. Stir in strained and rinsed canned corn and black beans. Stir well.

7. As corn and black beans are heating in the soup, make the rice in the microwave. Add to the soup and stir.

8. Add in lime juice.

9. Ladle soup into bowls for serving. Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of shredded cheese (once this is mixed in it creates melty goodness), avocado, cilantro, and crushed of tortilla chips.

Feel free to omit this for your lactose intolerant friends!

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 8 points for one serving (about 6 servings total). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app. **NOTE: These points can be lessened by omitting the rice, cheese, and avocado … even more by using chicken breasts instead of thighs, though the flavor of the thighs is much better in this, in my opinion!**

Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 10 oz. cans of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 yellow onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 can black beans
1 can yellow corn
1 package Uncle Ben’s (or rice of your choice) Whole Grain Ready Rice
1 avocado
1/2 lime
Shredded Mexican cheese
Tortilla chips of choice, crunched up into small pieces

Directions:

1. In your Instant Pot (I have the 6-Qt Duo Model), open the lid and combine the chicken thighs, Rotel tomatoes and green chiles, chicken broth, onion, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir well.

2. Close the lid of your instant pot and be sure to set your vent to “Sealing” mode.

3. Set your Instant Pot to pressure cook on High for 9 minutes.

4. Once the pressure has built (give this time, it takes longer than you’d expect sometimes!), let the soup cook for 9 minutes. Then, after cooking time is up, allow the pressure to naturally release (don’t flip to venting yet) for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you may quick release the vent and let the pressure decrease. (My model reads LO: + however many minutes has passed to show the natural release time –example LO:10 for this recipe!)

5. Carefully open the lid and take out chicken thighs with tongs to shred separately. Return back to the soup.

6. Set the Instant Pot to “Saute” mode for 7 minutes. Stir in strained and rinsed canned corn and black beans. Stir well.

7. As corn and black beans are heating in the soup, make the rice in the microwave. Add to the soup and stir.

8. Add in lime juice.

9. Ladle soup into bowls for serving. Garnish each bowl with a sprinkle of shredded cheese (once this is mixed in it creates melty goodness), avocado, cilantro, and crushed of tortilla chips.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Trader Joe’s Pesto Genovese Chicken with Pasta

I’m currently in the process of moving to a new apartment, and with that comes the stresses of trying to avoid the takeout temptation every single night. The problem is, however, that I have absolutely no idea where half of my stuff is boxed. While this could be an easy excuse for me to get that personal pizza down the road, I’m fighting the urge (with a little help from my friend Trader Joe). Here’s a simple take on Trader Joe’s Pesto Genovese Chicken over pasta with more pesto sauce (can never get enough).

Ingredients

1 package Pesto Genovese Chicken Breast from Trader Joe’s

1 box whole grain rotini

2 packages Knorr Pesto sauce mix

Olive oil

Directions

  1. Get the water boiling for the pasta and sprinkle the water with some salt.
  2. In a separate small saucepan, dump in the two pesto sauce mixes with 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 1/2 cups water. Whisk together well and heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until boiling. Once sauce starts to boil, lower heat to simmer for 5 or so minutes.
  3. In a separate frying pan (I know, super chef on three burners!), pour a little bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the Pesto Genovese Chicken evenly in one layer in the pan. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  4. Once water is boiling, cook the pasta to package directions.
  5. Once everything is done, pour the saucepan of pesto sauce over the pasta and stir well until all combined. Then, place a piece of chicken over the pasta.
  6. Voila! Easy, delicious dinner! (Thanks TJ!)

Once you put it all together, here is the finished product! Delicious and it was a hit!

Trader Joe's Pesto Genovese Chicken with Pasta

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

1 package Pesto Genovese Chicken Breast from Trader Joe’s
1 box whole grain rotini
2 packages Knorr Pesto sauce mix
Olive oil

Directions:
1. Get the water boiling for the pasta and sprinkle the water with some salt.

2. In a separate small saucepan, dump in the two pesto sauce mixes with 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 1/2 cups water. Whisk together well and heat over medium heat, whisking frequently, until boiling. Once sauce starts to boil, lower heat to simmer for 5 or so minutes.

3. In a separate frying pan (I know, super chef on three burners!), pour a little bit of olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the Pesto Genovese Chicken evenly in one layer in the pan. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes or until cooked through to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

4. Once water is boiling, cook the pasta to package directions.

5. Once everything is done, pour the saucepan of pesto sauce over the pasta and stir well until all combined. Then, place a piece of chicken over the pasta.

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 14 points for one serving (this recipe makes about 6 servings). Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the WW app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.

Veal Sauce Over Pasta

Here is the recipe for my absolute favorite meal from growing up.  The best part of it all?  It is so easy to make.  It’s almost hard to screw up!  And you are sure to impress anyone you serve it to.  Walking into the house after a long day and getting a whiff of the sautéed onions and garlic is one of the best moments of the week.

Ingredients

Note: Use whole wheat pasta if you are tracking WW points — saves 2 points per serving!

1 lb. ground veal

1 can 29 oz. Hunt’s Tomato Sauce

1 large red onion- chopped

1 tsp. chopped or minced garlic

1 box medium shells pasta (whole grain to save a few WW points)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


Directions

1.  Saute onion in large skillet in extra virgin olive oil

2.  Once onions start to become translucent, add in garlic and stir

3.  When onions are almost fully translucent, add in ground veal and mix into the onions and garlic. Don’t let the garlic sit too long and burn!

4.  Mix veal until it turns completely brown

5.  Once veal is completely brown, drain the excess fat/oil (or let it burn off if there is not too much)

6.  Add in tomato sauce and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better — let those flavors sit!!)

7.  Boil pasta

8.  Serve veal sauce over pasta

9.  Voila!  The perfect meal for any occasion

Enjoy!!

Veal Sauce Over Pasta

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients
1 lb. ground veal
1 can 29 oz. Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
1 large red onion- chopped
1 tsp. chopped or minced garlic
1 box whole grain medium shells pasta
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Directions:
1. Saute onion in large skillet in extra virgin olive oil
2. Once onions start to become translucent, add in garlic and stir
3. When onions are almost fully translucent, add in ground veal and mix into the onions and garlic
4. Mix veal until it turns completely brown
5. Once veal is completely brown, drain the excess fat/oil (or let it burn off if there is not too much)
6. Add in tomato sauce and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for at least 30 minutes
7. Boil pasta
8. Serve veal sauce over pasta
9. Voila! The perfect meal for any occasion

Weight Watchers Freestyle SP: 11 points for one serving (this recipe makes 4 servings) — *Note 11 points is using Barilla Whole Grain Pasta, not the pasta pictured – add 2 points for regular pasta.* Points were calculated using the Recipe Builder on the Weight Watchers app.

Note: Nutrition information may not be exact. Ingredients were estimated and entered using verywellfit.com’s Nutrition Calculator.
**PPS: these calories are for 1/4 of a whole box of the whole grain pasta… a girl’s gotta eat!! To lessen the calories, cut the serving size to 2 oz. instead of 4 oz. of pasta.**