Monday, March 22, 2010

Salmon with Low Carb Fettuccine Alfredo

The other night, I had a fabulous meal that was low carb, high nutrition, rich in Omega-3's, and delicious! I wanted to share it with you:

Baked wild, fresh Pacific salmon fillet (5oz), Romaine salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Fettuccine Alfredo. Only... there was no pasta involved. And no icky Shiritaki noodles, either! Here's the secret recipe:

Take a nice, raw zucchini and use a carrot peeler to make flat, long strands of zucchini (that look like Fettuccine noodles). Just pretend you are peeling it but make narrower strips, and stop when you get to the seeds. Throw the seeds away or cook them separately (too watery for this dish). Then, put the zucchini strands into a saute pan with a bit of chicken broth and simmer for about 3-4 minutes, until tender but NOT mushy! The broth will mostly evaporate (don't use too much... just enough to cook them and leave a couple Tablespoons in the pan). Turn the heat down. Add 1-2 wedges of Laughing Cow Light cheese (the triangles... the 35 calorie ones). I cut mine into pieces before adding it to speed up the melting. Then sprinkle with garlic powder, black pepper, and a bit of sea salt. Stir and toss GENTLY until the cheese melts and makes a creamy sauce. Add a bit more broth if you need to.

That's it! You're done! Now, you *can* peel your zucchini first for a more pasta-looking dish (not as green) but I like the flavor and nutrition of the skin so I leave it on. This tastes great and goes so well with salmon or chicken! VERY low cal and almost no carbs!

Try it. Come on. You know you want it!

35 comments:

Julie, The Accidental Fat Chick said...

That looks really good. I love all the rich colors; will definitely have to try this next time we do salmon for dinner. Thanks for sharing! :)

Kelly L said...

Would look better if it wasn't fish.. I so have to develop a taste for it -

Love to you
kelly

Kyle Gershman said...

I've made zucchini noodles before, but with a olive oil/garlic thing. Great idea using the laughing cows.

Derek said...

The zucchini fettuccine alfredo looks delicious. I'd definitely enjoy this low-carb meal.

Leslie said...

Those Laughing Cow Wedges are amazingly versatile. I used one yesterday to cream up some mashed cauliflower - yummy, and it cut the need for salt. I'll post a pic of mine today, along with some awesome ratatouille. Thanks always for the inspiration, Lyn!

NAN said...

That looks good; I'm trying to eat more fish myself. I don't eat pork or beef but I eat a lot of chicken and turkey and 'veggie' stuff. I've made those zucchini noodles and they are tasty. You are doing so great with Medifast and don't have the accountability of a center. Kudos to you!! I'm trying to organize a weight loss group at my church-problem is getting the day/time LOL! IME, weighing in front of others is a big motivator!!!

Anonymous said...

I am wondering about something. It seems to me that the way you are eating would be condusive of weight loss...even without the Medifast products.
Am I wrong about this? How does the Medifast help if you are eating Salmon, and vegs anyway?

Thanks for answering.

Diana said...

I've been making zucchini spaghetti and fettucine for about a year now, with the laughing cow cheese or a marinara sauce. I even bought a special machine that will make it in just a few minutes. I love the stuff!

Oh - and thanks for the cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe. I've made them before but never used the emulsifier before. So easy and it made them super creamer. Much better than the mixer, and much less messy than the Cuisinart (a big old PIA to use that thing! :).

You're doing fantastic Lyn. A true inspiration.

Becky said...

I made this exact "fettuccini" the other night. It is SOOO delicious!

Jessica said...

Wow, super impressed the 'pasta'! I never think to use LC as anything but a sandwich spread.

Anonymous said...

My mouth is watering for salmon and zuchinni and it's only seven in the morning????? Must be yummy!!!

Gee, before this I thought zuchinni was that moist stuff in chocolate cake. Hmmm. Got learnin to do!

Seth said...

I have been on a zucchini kick lately and I love salmon. sounds great.

Connie said...

This looks delish...I will definitely be trying it out!

Vicky Delgada said...

I've tried raw pasta zucchini but I haven't tried it cook. I think I will definitely do that! Thanks.

skinnyhollie said...

Oooh... that just made my stomach growl! It looks so good!

I have never had zucchini before... would love to try it. But I am afraid to use the Laughing Cow cheese. My MF nutritionist said she doesn't recommend it... but I see everyone using it. I'll have to get some. I used to love that stuff when I was on Weight Watchers!

Thanks for inspiring my dinner tonight!

happyfunpants said...

I'm catching up again on blogs and I just wanted to say a couple of things...

1) Thanks for your comment on my blog...it really meant a lot and helped me know that even though my clock is ticking, it *is* possible to get pregnant later. :)

2) I love your blog. Really.

3) I can't wait to try your "noodles." I actually started using a tofu type noodle that is low in calories and fat, but high in fiber and protein - they're called Tofu Shirataki noodles and I can find them at my local grocery store near where the other refrigerated items are. They look like noodles (are precut to look like them and have the same color)but they have a different texture. Anyway, I've done the same Laughing Cow Technique with those and have had a really filling meal.

:)

Anonymous said...

Hello!
I'm an avid reader, but this is my first comment.

Question: how do you deal with dinners out or nights where you aren't eating alone? I realize you fix the meals in your house, but you've never addressed it! Best of luck :)

-Rebecca

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

I have been eating salmon and vegs, and tons of other very healthy, nutritious meals for years. If you look back over the last year and a half on my blog, you'll see I eat very healthy as a rule. However, I have a problem with binge eating/compulsive eating. So even though I was eating super healthy 80% of the time, I lost NO WEIGHT in the last year and a half, overall, because I have been unsuccessful in controlling the rest of my eating. Just a couple days a month of eating large amounts of junk cancels out any loss from the healthy meals.

Medifast has helped me in 2 ways:
It takes care of breakfast, lunch, and 3 snacks. I don't have to think about that. And it is low carb/low sugar in a very controlled way... I have been writing about how different I feel and how I have not caved to any binges or gone off plan. It removed all the triggers from my diet. I am sure that Medifast is not NECESSARY for a person to do this, however, it has certainly been helpful to me and given me new enlightenment on what was causing my problem.

Lyn said...

Holly~

If you don't want to use LC, use light cream cheese. It is on the allowed condiments/fats list on the Medifast site :)

Anonymous (Rebecca)~

I often mention what I fed the family and it is usually the same or very similar to what I was eating. My kids LOVE salmon (my son catches it for us in season) so they eat the salmon and salad along with me. They use Ranch on their salad. Instead of zucchini pasta I give them whole grain or Barilla Plus pasta. I also give them whole wheat bread & butter with their meals. When I had steak so did they, with the same veg but real mashed potatoes. When I had cauliflower pizza I made them calzones.

Barbara said...

Mm looks good..I'll have to keep this in mind and try it sometime.

-J.Darling said...

Eating out CAN be a challenge, however, in California at least, restruants are REQUIRED to provide nutritional information on all their meals. Reviewing that before ordering can make it simple to stay on a medifast-friendly eating plan. :)

Debbie said...

Okay, I am on my way to buy a zucchini. This looks great... Thanks,

Dardrian said...

Looks delish - next time I get some zucchini I'm definitely making this.

screwdestiny said...

That looks great! Thanks for sharing all your creative meal ideas with us.

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Badger said...

I made this last night but used two teaspoons of low fat sour cream instead, as I don't like laughing cow. I'm not sure if the sour cream is allowed on Medifast or not but it tasted lovely! Thanks for the idea :)

Nana said...

I am so glad I found these blogs to keep me encouraged. I will definitely try this recipe - love everything with this dish! Thanks.

RoSi said...

ohh excellent "pasta" idea...going to have to try it

wahoostampingirl said...

I finally got around to trying the zuchinni alfredo and both the dh and I thought it was awesome. Thanks for a great veggie idea!

My Body In Motion said...

On today's post, I saw that you mentioned zucchini pasta, so I searched for this post. Looks DELISH! I was interested because I, also, have a zucchini pasta recipe! Check it out: http://my-body-in-motion.blogspot.com/2010/05/zucchini-pasta-marinara.html

My Body In Motion said...

On today's post, I saw that you mentioned zucchini pasta, so I searched for this post. Looks DELISH! I was interested because I, also, have a zucchini pasta recipe! Check it out: http://my-body-in-motion.blogspot.com/2010/05/zucchini-pasta-marinara.html

Lanie Painie said...

Just found this t hrough your recipe link. Sounds scrumptious. I'm going to see if I can get hubster to cook it for me!

Bet it would taste even more like alfredo if you put a little nutmeg into it!

Seabee Wife said...

I'm going to try this. It looks yummy and I always have Laughing Cow Light cheese in the fridge!

Anonymous said...

i made this tonight. it was really good and i don't even like zuchini. i added a little too much salt tho i'll wait to add it next time! thanks for all the great ideas!

terriskitchenuk said...

Wow! First off, a BIG congratulations on your weight loss! I stumbled upon your blog looking for a salmon recipe. What really caught my eye was the zucchini alfredo so I will definitely have to try that.
I know the feeling of trying to lose weight. I follow South Beach Diet...most of the time! I've added your blog to my 'other foodie blogs' listing on my blog. Please feel free to come on over and take a look!
Terri