Don't we all need a little carbs in our life? I really do try my best to not have too many carbs during the week. My weekends are always usually packed with activities and foods I try to stay away from during the week. Don't get me wrong! I eat carbs during the week, but I just try to only have two helpings each day. When I do eat my carbs I always make sure they are whole wheat. I actually found a really cool study that says women who eat whole grains weight less.
Women Who Eat Whole Grains Weigh Less
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows the importance of choosing whole rather than refined wheat to maintain a healthy body weight. In this Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women's Hospital study, which collected data on over 74,000 female nurses aged 38-63 years over a 12 year period, weight gain was inversely associated with the intake of high-fiber, whole-grain foods, such as whole wheat, but positively related to the intake of refined-grain foods, such as products made from refined wheat.
Not only did women who consumed more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who ate less of these fiber-rich foods, but those consuming the most dietary fiber from whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight compared to those eating foods made from refined grains.
Why chicken sausage over regular sausage
The difference in the number of calories don't even compare. Regular sausage has 290-455 calories and 23-38 grams of fat per link. Turkey and chicken sausage only has 140-160 calories and 7-10 grams of fat for the same amount. That’s hundreds of calories and fat grams less per link. The amount of sodium is way less, as well! I also believe chicken sausage tastes way better in my opinion. My husband didn't even know the difference until I told him. He's a real stickler for his meats too 😉
Also, can't forget my little helpful sidekick! Her new thing is sticking her tongue out when we take pictures now. She just turned 2 yesterday and I feel like she's going on 22. She has such a sassy personality she cracks me up. When we cook together she has me laughing the whole way through. Can't wait for my little boy to be old enough to help us cook too 🙂
What to serve this pasta in
When I got married I registered for a pasta serving set. I wasn't sure it was anything I would ever use, but can I tell you how wrong I was. Everytime I make pasta I put it in my giant pasta bowl and use the matching bowls. It is one of my favorite things to pull out of the cabinets to use. I don't believe my exact ones are made anymore, but I've linked some that I think are super cute below.
Get these for a fun loving, vibracious look!
For the more subtle, but chic cook!
For the wine lovers look! And because I wish I had these for myself 🙂
You can't serve pasta without a pasta serving spoon!
Chicken Sausage and Mushroom Penne
- 1 lb. whole wheat penne
- 1 tbsp. olive oil and a little extra for drizzling
- 1 12 oz. package chicken sausage
- 12 oz. mushrooms sliced into pieces
- ground black pepper to taste
- ½ cup diced onion
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- ¼ cup dry white wine
- 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 5 oz. baby spinach
- ¼ cup parsley optional to have extra for garnish
- himalayan salt to taste
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil and generously season with salt. Cook pasta for 10 minutes until al dente. Reserve ½ cup pasta water and set aside.
- In a large saute pan over medium heat, drizzle olive oil and sear chicken sausage until cooked through. Transfer to plate and cut into ¼" slices. Set aside.
- Meanwhile, add 1 tbsp. oil and spread out mushrooms evenly in the pan; cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper. Add onions and garlic and saute until softened, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add wine, chicken stock, and heavy cream; simmer until slightly thickened and reduced. About 5 to 7 minutes. Toss sausage back in with any leftover juices. Add parmesan, spinach, and parsley.
- Drain pasta and stir into sauce. Add additional pasta water in small increments as needed if sauce is too thick. Garnish with more parsley and serve with a smile 🙂