Dean informed me that he is trying to lose some weight and is now on a low fat and low carbohydrate diet. I was originally going to make pasta primavera tonight as a side dish to our grilled turkey but had to change course as a result of his new diet limitations; so I made vegetable primavera instead. It is basically the same recipe, I just omitted the pasta and roasted potatoes on the side for Nick and I. If you want to try this recipe but would like the pasta included, just cook ½ pound (usually a half a box) of pasta and toss at the end with the vegetables and sauce.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
2 ounces prosciutto
1 clove garlic – minced
1 red bell pepper – cut into 1 inch pieces
2 cups string beans – cut into 1 inch long pieces
1/3 cup water
About 15 stems asparagus – cut into 1 inch pieces
1 small zucchini – coarsely chopped
½ cup white wine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley – minced
½ teaspoon dried marjoram
½ teaspoon dried chervil
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup fat free half and half
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon fresh chives – chopped
¼ cup parmesan cheese – grated
- Heat a large skillet on medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Add prosciutto and sauté for about 2 minutes until browned. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Add bell pepper and string beans and sauté for about 1 – 2 minutes. Pour water into skillet, cover, and allow the vegetables to steam for about 2 minutes or until.
- Uncover skillet, add asparagus and zucchini and allow the water to evaporate.
- Add wine, marjoram, chervil, salt and pepper and sauté until wine is absorbed completely.
- Remove vegetables from skillet and spoon into a serving bowl.
- To make the sauce: stir together half and half and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour into skillet and, stirring constantly, cook until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
- Remove skillet from heat, stir in parmesan cheese and chives and pour on top of vegetables.
- Gently stir sauce into vegetables until combined and serve.
Estimated Values per serving:
Calories = 135 Fat = 3 grams