Whenever I’m planning dinner, I always think, “Okay, I need a starch, a protein and a vegetable.” I don’t know why that’s been engrained in me, but it has – and that’s the way I form my meals.
I definitely don’t follow the “eat like a king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner” mantra. If I eat a small dinner, I tend to munch at night.
Everyone’s different, but if you’re like me, today I have a “veggie and starch” combo that takes care of 75% of the dinner meal plan.
There are always new articles popping up – whether from celebrities or acclaimed sources – that offer different point of views on what to eat for dinner.
The celebrities all say, “Oh, I don’t eat after 7pm.” I remember reading a quote by Eva Longoria that said, “I don’t eat carbohydrates after 3pm.”
I would die.
I try to work out 4-5 times per week (sometimes more) and I really push myself at the gym (see my sweaty post-workout selfies @Getinspiralized) – I need fuel! Sometimes, I just need to crush an almond butter-banana sandwich before the gym, and sometimes I don’t make it to the gym until 7pm!
Anyway, this pesto dish is perfect for a quick dinner – just pair it with your protein of choice and you have a flavorful meal, complete with a starch, vegetable, and protein! Actually, peas are a great source of protein.
I love potato noodles because you end up eating less of the actual potato and getting more “bang for your buck” in general. If you were to cube a medium Yukon gold potato, you’d get half a cup of cubes. When you spiralize that same potato, you get over 2 spiral cups!
Plus, who doesn’t love pesto?
May I also point out that this dish is perfect for those who poo-poo on spiralized veggies? I mean, they can’t say no to potatoes and pesto, right?
How do you plan your meals for the week?
Nutritional Information & Recipe
Weight Watchers SmartPoints*: 6 points