As a single guy, I find pasta one of the more frustrating foods to manage. You know I like my portions to be spot-on, and that’s hard to achieve with food that starts out one weight, takes on moisture, and turns out another weight entirely — and in a shape that’s hard to measure afterward. Additionally, pasta isn’t one of those foods that I like to cook a bunch of at once — I prefer it fresh. I came across the answer to my problems the other day.
This is the Healthy Steps Portion Control Pasta Basket. It’s essentially a miniature, collapsible, boilable silicone colander. Using the hole in the handle as a portion guide, you can measure a single serving of pasta. For things like macaroni, which I use in the Veggie Pasta Pie, there’s a line along the edge of the basket to indicate a single serving. Boil some water, clip this dude to the side of your pot, and you have a perfect portion of pasta with minimal cleanup afterward.
Since I’m cooking for one, I don’t need more than one, but the packaging shows that four of these can be used at once to keep individual portions separate during cooking. I suppose you could also cook different types of pasta at the same time without mingling them. I wonder how that would affect the flavors of the various pastas…
I digress. This thing is like $10 at a reputable online retailer, and Amazon shows that they have a bunch of other portion control gadgets, too. While making healthy choices in food selection is a significant part of successful weight loss, managing portions is essential. I’m glad to have one of these in my gadget collection!
What Gadget Can’t You Live Without?
PS: On the back of the packaging was a recipe that I thought sounded good. It’s called Mozzarella Pasta. Ironically, it doesn’t list any amounts for the ingredients.
In a skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add cubed tomato, olives, capers, salt, and pepper to taste, simmer until heated throughout. Add mozzarella balls and cook for 1 minute, stir continually. Meanwhile, cook penne pasta in the Healthy Steps Pasta Basket. Drain pasta, pour onto plate, and add sauce. Enjoy!
There are more recipes at http://myhealthysteps.com/recipes
- Pasta Recipes Made Healthy (everydayhealth.com)
- Recipe: Pasta and Brocolli (expertscolumn.com)
- Perfect Pasta Without the Wheat (circleoffood.com)