Spotlight Recipe: Pasta with Tomato & Peas

This is a light-yet-effortless weeknight dinner that's easy on the budget, too. Frozen peas add hunger-fighting protein and fiber and Italian cheeses bring the savory bite. Have a green thumb? Swap the frozen peas for some fresh-from-the-garden spring peas.

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Spotlight Recipe: Pasta Puttanesca

I got spoiled this summer, getting to come home and have access to fresh ingredients, a full kitchen and, of course, free time to cook. However, going back to school doesn’t mean we college students can’t still enjoy a good, healthy meal! Pasta is a good ol’ standby, but this year, ditch the buttered noodles or Ramen packets and try this easy dish – it’s sure to earn you an A from your roommates or friends. Make it in bulk you and eat for a few days. Capers, anchovy paste and arugula might not be usual pantry staples, but you shouldn’t have trouble finding them at the local supermarket.

Spotlight Recipes: Vegetarian Pasta Dishes

Good old pasta dishes can easily be turned into a vegetarian dish. Problem is, pile in tons of cheese and large portions of pasta and watch the calories and heart-clogging saturated fat go through the roof (yes, even vegetarian recipes can be unhealthy!). There are ways to lighten up your lasagna and macaroni and cheese but here are a variety of vegetarian pasta dishes that are delicious and figure-friendly.

Spotlight Recipe: Venison Curry Meatballs in Sun-Dried Tomato Phyllo Cups

These cocktail-sized meatball appetizers are created from venison (deer-meat), a low calorie and very low fat meat. This recipe combines light and flaky phyllo filled with mildly-flavored meat and topped with tangy mango chutney. Instead of the recommended 2 per person portion, create larger meatballs and to serve over whole wheat spaghetti.

One Recipe, Two Meals: Pasta with Butter and Peas for the Kids, and a Veggie-Packed Primavera for You

We're having our pasta and eating it too! Here's one simple version for your kiddos, and one giant, glorious version for you.