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Asian Angel Hair with “Confetti”

Here’s a delicious recipe from the latest cookbook, 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes, by culinary dietitian, Jackie Newgent. (And just think–the book packs in 999 others that will likely please your palate and those of your friends and family!)

This is one of my go-to recipes—for myself and for guests. The full-on Asian sensation of sweet heat turns angel hair into a high-flavored entrée topped with a confetti of crisp veggies. The cilan­tro finishes it with fresh aromatic appeal. It’s delicious topped with thinly sliced grilled chicken, too.

Makes 4 servings: 1 1⁄2 cups (1 cup pasta and 1⁄2 cup vegetables) each


8 ounces whole-wheat or other whole-grain angel hair or capellini pasta
3 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
1 1⁄2 tablespoons naturally brewed soy sauce
1 1⁄2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
1 tablespoon freshly grated gingerroot
1 serrano pepper with seeds, minced
1 large garlic clove, minced
1 1⁄2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
3 scallions, green and white parts, thinly sliced
1 cup snow peas, ends trimmed, thinly sliced lengthwise
1⁄2 cup matchstick-size sliced purple or white cauliflower or jicama
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Cook the pasta according to package directions.
2. Meanwhile, whisk together the vinegar, soy sauce, honey, ginger, serrano, and garlic in a liquid measuring cup or small bowl. Set aside.
3. Drain the pasta, add to a large bowl, drizzle with the oil, and toss till coated. Add the sauce mixture and scallions and toss again.
4. Just before serving, top with the snow peas, cauliflower, and cilantro. Serve warm, at room tem­perature, or chilled.

Nutrition information per serving: 300 calories, 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 55g total carbohydrate, 9g dietary fiber, 12g sugars, 10g protein

Recipe reprinted with permission from 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes by Jackie Newgent, RD (Wiley, 2012).

Full disclosure:  I received a review copy of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes by the publisher.

What’s your favorite way to eat angel hair?

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