The New Weight Watchers Plan and Spaghetti alla Puttanesca with Chicken
Dec. 9, 2010 7:40 am
Updated: Dec. 22, 2010 12:48 pm
Regular readers know that I started cooking as part of a larger effort to lose weight and get healthy. I was significantly overweight
and needed to make a change. But, it wasn't as if I hadn't tried before. My previous efforts had failed, primarily, for two reasons; I felt I had to completely give up foods I loved and there was no one there to help, educate and support me. My wife and I
turned to Weight Watchers and learned how to live a healthier lifestyle without giving up on the foods we loved. We learned about healthier ways of cooking, eating and living.
In the last month, Weight Watchers has changed the way they assign points to food. The points plus system uses the amount of protein,
carbohydrate, fat and fiber in a dish to determine the value. You get so many points in a day, plus additional points to use whenever needed through the week. The logarithm that determines point value is weighted toward lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and
In honor of the new plan, I made a Spaghetti alla Puttanesca with Chicken. I love the story behind puttanesca.Puttanesca translates
As it goes, prostitutes (puttanesca translates literally as whores) in Italy were only allowed to leave the brothel to shop once a week, as opposed to daily, so they used ingredients that would keep; olives, anchovies, capers, garlic and peppers. How valid
the story is doesn't matter, it's fun. And the dish is delicious. My version fortifies it with some onion and red wine and I use a small piece of chicken instead of anchovies to satisfy the fish-opposed pallet of our son.
The dish works out to 308 calories with 28 grams of protein, 36 grams of carbohydrate, and 5 grams each of fat and fiber.
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