Happy February! We’re excited to bring you the second installment to our new 31 Days Series (you can check out the first one here), though since February is a shorter month, we’ve got 28 fab recipes instead of 31.
Cupid has us feeling a bit mushy, so this month is devoted entirely to one of our greatest loves — pasta. Our carb-loving hearts melt into complete submission over the sight of plump pillows of gnocchi and silky ribbons of tagliatelle — we just can’t help ourselves. Sure we’ve broken up a few times (our diets were concerned we were cheating), but like Carrie and Mr. Big, we always come crawling back to one another.
It’s a lifelong love affair, folks. Pasta, we just can’t quit you.
Pasta doesn’t have to equate to cheating. Pasta doesn’t have to be our thighs’ biggest threat, or our ideal weight number’s nemesis. Having a healthy bowl of noodles is not attempting the impossible, rather it’s about striking a balance and making smart swaps, like using whole wheat noodles and skim or almond milk and keep the cheese to sprinkles. Pile on those veggies, get creative with your sauce, and maybe don’t eat it several times a week. Moderation, baby, remember?
So here’s how you get started.
First, download this free printable weekly meal planner/to-do list to fill in, tape to the fridge, take to the grocery store, or use for reference next year when you can’t remember what the heck were your fave recipes from this one.
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But enough already, let’s cut to the pasta chase…
from Broma Bakery
Mushrooms are meat’s understudy here, we promise we’re none the wiser (it’s super hearty and filling).
February 2: Skinny One Pot Chicken Bacon Fettuccine Alfredo
from Cafe Delites
No heavy cream, no butter, no flour, no problem! This perfectly dreamy pasta is just as satisfying as the original Alfredo, but with a quarter of the calories. The fact that it’s also a one-pot meal is just the icing on the cake.
February 3: Vegetarian Zucchini Lasagna Spirals
from A Saucy Kitchen
This low-carb spin on lasagna is proof that gluten and grain-free dishes aren’t all boring. No flavor sacrificed here!
February 4: Creamy Basil Pesto Chicken Tetrazzini
from Whole and Heavenly Oven
This pasta bake is loaded with flavor, not calories.
February 5: Linguini and Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp
Whole wheat linguini + fresh zucchini + lemony, garlicky shrimp = the perfect light and healthy noodle dish.
from Fork Knife Swoon
Whole grain pasta, lean chicken sausage, and leafy broccoli are the stars of this light pasta that we totally wouldn’t feel guilty having seconds of.
February 7: Vegan Red Pepper Pasta
from Lazy Cat Kitchen
We’re not vegan, but this veggie-packed, Mediterranean-inspired pasta dish could probably convert us.
February 8: Creamy Pasta with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
from Gimme Some Oven
You’d never know this creamy pasta was made with almond milk instead of cream. It also features whole wheat noodles and is loaded with zesty flavor.
February 9: Healthy Mushroom Alfredo Pasta Bake
from Pinch of Yum
Pan-roasted morsels of mushrooms, whole wheat penne, and a creamy cauliflower alfredo sauce, all baked under a golden sheath of Gruyere cheese — excuse us while we wipe the drool from our mouths. Oh yeah, cauliflower does it again!
February 10: Chicken-Broccoli Shells and Cheese
You don’t have to avoid mac and cheese like it’s the plague, just to stay healthy. This version has a lightened-up cheese sauce and is studded with lean chicken and healthy broccoli, and it’s’ ready in just 30 minutes.
February 11: Easy Chow Mein with Spiralized Zucchini
from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
This familiar takeout favorite gets a healthy makeover. Stir-fry noodles and spiralized zucchini co-mingle with tons of fresh veggies, in a light and zesty sauce. Bonus? It’s surprisingly filling for being a vegetarian dish, and it’s ready in just 20 minutes!
February 12: Caprese Chicken Pasta
from Well Plated
This pasta takes like summer in February. Need we really say more?
February 13: Chicken Stir Fry with Rice Noodles
from Natasha’s Kitchen
This flavorful stir-fry is full of veggies and made healthier with rice noodles, AND it can be on your table in 30 minutes. What’s not to love?
February 14: Easy Skinny Skillet Lasagna
from Life Made Sweeter
All of the flavor of lasagna, but in one skillet, in just 30 minutes, sans the guilt. What’s not to love?
February 15: One-Pot Skinny Pasta Primavera
Spring is on the cusp with this vibrant, one-pot pasta, which is a super tasty way to get in a healthy dose of those daily veggies!
February 16: Chimichurri Avocado Pasta with Pan Seared Shrimp
from Joyful Healthy Eats
Loaded with protein, fiber, and a whole lotta flavor, this pasta gives us heart eyes.
February 17: Bacon, Brussels Sprouts Butternut Squash Pasta
from Recipe Runner
Roasted veggies, smoky bacon, whole grain pasta, and parmesan cheese — now this is our favorite kind of winter comfort food!
February 18: Spicy Sausage, Spinach, and Mushroom Gnocchi
from Table for Two
A healthy dinner in just 15 minutes, WITH gnocchi? You don’t have to twist our arms…
February 19: Creamy Spinach Artichoke Hummus Pasta
This brilliant dish (which totally reminds us of one of our favorite dips of all time) has us questioning why we never thought to mix hummus into our pasta before.
February 20: Peanut Noodles with Chicken
Packed with colorful, crunchy veggies and a garlicky-peanut butter dressing that will knock your socks off, pasta takes a backseat in this recipe (and that’s totally okay).
February 21: Healthy Beef Lasagna with Spinach and Basil
from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
You wouldn’t think you the words “healthy” and “lasagna” could exist in the same sentence, but this recipe proves otherwise. With gluten-free (or whole wheat) noodles, a mixture of grass-fed beef, mushrooms, and spinach, and lower-fat cheese, this recipe sounds healthy (because it is), but still tastes like the rich, indulgent lasagna we all know and love.
February 22: Skillet Chicken Fajita Whole Wheat Pasta
from Cook Nourish Bliss
Taking one of our favorite things to eat and turning it into a pasta dish is pretty much the greatest thing ever. Healthy fajita pasta for the win!
February 23: Cauliflower Bolognese
from Two Peas and Their Pod
We just couldn’t resist another healthy bolognese recipe! You would never know this one was meat-free and made with cauliflower and lentils.
February 24: One-Pot Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken & Spinach
from Cookin’ Canuck
Healthy, hearty, and super flavorful, this dish is a one-pot pasta home run.
February 25: Roasted Vegetable Macaroni and Cheese
from Gimme Some Oven
This is the responsible, grown-up answer to mac and cheese, and with all of these colorful veggies, and a lighter sauce that’s still creamy and cheesy, we’re in love.
February 26: Easy Coconut Curry Stir Fry Noodles with Glazed Tofu
from Healthy Nibbles and Bits
This 30-minute dish boasts protein-packed tofu, colorful veggies, gluten-free rice noodles, and a dreamy coconut stir-fry sauce.
February 27: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta with Roasted Vegetables
from Cookie and Kate
Zesty sun-dried tomatoes and almonds are a welcome reprieve from traditional pesto, and help make this whole grain pasta dish extra hearty. Throw in some balsamic-roasted veggies and you’ve reached vegetarian nirvana.
February 28: Soba Noodles with Sriracha Meatballs
This bowl has a lot of good stuff going on. Buckwheat noodles are loaded with protein and fiber, the Sriracha meatballs are made easy in the slow cooker (and pack quite the flavor punch), and fresh herbs and cool, crispy veggies round it all out. End the month with a bang, eh?
This recipe round-up was curated and written by FoodieCrush contributor Hayley Putnam. Follow her foodie tastes and other flights of fancy on Pinterest and Instagram.
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