So here we are in January—it’s cold outside and yet we’re trying not to crank the thermostat too high inside because the
holiday bills are coming due and suddenly we’re not feeling all that flush. (Guess we’ll have to keep wearing those Christmas
sweaters to stay warm.)
I’m also feeling the effects of overindulgence in December (OK, to be honest, overindulgence that started the day after
Halloween when everyone brought their leftover candy to work). I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a resolution, but I
definitely want to get back to eating more mindfully this month.
You might think the combination of needing to save money, eat healthfully and get warmed up would be hard to satisfy with
just one recipe, but this Quick Pasta Bolognese developed by the EatingWell Test Kitchen manages to do all three. With
budget-friendly pasta and just a half pound of lean ground beef, it comes in at under $2 per serving. (Slimming side note: a
hollow, airy kind of pasta like rigatoni or penne, which are bigger in volume than spaghetti, trick your brain into thinking
you’re eating more, so in the end you’ll eat more ”volume” but fewer calories.) And for that small amount of money, everyone
gets a plateful of filling pasta topped with meaty sauce that’s packed with vegetables (carrots, celery, tomatoes) providing
health-boosting vitamins A and C, zinc, iron and more. All that—and it’s ready in 40 minutes.