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Low Fat Digest Issue 60 - Penne with Artichoke Hearts
January 03, 2013


Low Fat Digest Issue 60

January 3, 2013

Issue #60

Table of Contents

1. Ramblings
2. Penne with Artichoke Hearts
3. Transformation Contest

1. Ramblings

Happy New Year 2013!

I hope you had pleasant holidays! If you haven't done it already, now is the time to start thinking about your New Year's goals.

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2. Penne with Artichoke Hearts

Who doesn't like pasta? My family loves them, but making the same old pasta over and over gets a little bit boring.

The artichoke is an ingredient that is rarely used for paste and I wonder why? Maybe because it isn't red??

It tastes super yummy and has many health benefits, so feel free to take a second serving.


  • 1 pound penne
  • 9 ounces artichoke hearts, cooked
  • 8 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1 onion
  • 3/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • 3/8 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup lowfat ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated


Slice about 2/3 of artichokes into small wedges and chop the rust very thinly. Set aside.

Cook Penne al dente according to instructions on the package.

Mince onions and garlic. Sauté onions and garlic in water until soft. Add oregano, salt and fresh-ground pepper.

Wash spinach. Reduce heat to low and stir in wine, lemon juice, spinach and thinly chopped artichokes.

Simmer while constantly stirring, until spinach is wilted for about 3 minutes.

Stir in ricotta cheese and the artichoke wedges.

Remove from heat and carefully mix drained pasta with sauce. Add lemon zest just before serving.


Makes 4 servings

Nutritional Facts

Calories: 477
Calories from Fat: 62
Fat: 7g
Saturated Fat: 3g
Cholesterol: 97mg
Carbohydrate 78g
Dietary Fiber 2g

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3. Transformation Contest

Off to a great start into 2013. This will be the year, where you finally can reach all your health goals.

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What is your dream for 2013?

  • Lose a few stubborn pounds
  • Build a dream-body with 6-pack abs
  • Quit smoking forever
  • Lower your cholesterol or blood pressure
  • Making exercise a habit
  • Or anything else regarding your health

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    Marion + Tobi

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