I saw the
original Olive Garden recipe and it sounded delicious. Then I started
looking a little closer--11/2 cups of flour, a full pound of
fettuccine, 5 tbsp of oil, 2 cups of heavy cream, a full cup of cheese.
OH MY GOD! As many of you know, Weight Watchers uses a point system to
help members track how much they should eat in a day. The points are
based on calories (higher calories equals higher points), fat (higher
fat equals higher points), and fiber (higher fiber equals lower
points). An average woman will get between 20 and 25 points for a full
day, a man, 30 to 35. This recipe is 32 points!
least it was. Instead of breading the chicken, I rubbed it with a
little olive oil and and a mixture of Italian herbs. I reduced the oil
needed to 2 teaspoons, plus a spray on the chicken. I substituted low
fat butter milk for the heavy cream and, finally, reduced the serving
size of the pasta, using a good whole wheat linguine. And then, because
we had it and I wanted to use it up, I tossed in a layer of fresh
version is only 9 points, and can be brought down to 8 if you'd like a
little lighter meal, use 6 oz of pasta and 1/3 cup of cheese.
notes on preparation: Be sure to thicken the sauce some before adding
the spinach. When finishing with the parmesan, add it very slowly,
stirring continuously or it will clump and stick to the spinach and
Find the recipe at Fight the Fat Foodie.