Thursday, October 3, 2013

I will deal with the bad smell for 40 calories

I am not a nutritional bar person, but these are the exception. Quest bars are legit. I love the texture, they taste great, and the nutritionals are top notch with limited carbohydrates and added sugars. Cookie Dough is my favorite, but I actually haven't encountered a flavor I haven't enjoyed. 

Last time I ordered, I saw there was Quest Pasta. Why not? I added it to the order. I've had shirataki noodles in the past and I figured this would be similar. 


Last night I was making pasta for my husband and decided I would try the Spinach Fettuccine. I knew the smell would be bad based on my experience with Shirataki, but this was a new level of stench. I rinsed them with water and microwaved them for a minute before putting them in the pan with garlic and onions. I made a alfredo-ish sauce with sour cream, egg, laughing cow cheese wedge and added it to the pan. 


The whole bag is 40 calories, so even with the alfredo sauce, it was relatively low cal and healthy. I also made a delicious massaged kale salad. My doctor suggested eating more dark leafy greens, so I am on a kale kick. 


My husband doesn't eat smelly noodles or kale, so I made him a simple garlic butter spaghetti with panko crusted chicken and an arugula salad with shaved Parmesan. He was working super late, so I wanted to make sure he at least had a good meal to look forward to when he got home at 9PM.

Everyone posts pictures of the finished product, but I want to see the process. Here's what my process looks like. I have a system, and I love the routine of putting together a meal, and then cleaning up.


Organized chaos at its finest.

Foul smelling food that you find delicious? Parmesan, smoked trout, roasted broccoli, Brussels Sprouts.  My husband loves Marmite which he agrees smells disgusting. I think it tastes and smells gross, but he begs to differ. 

Have you tried Quest bars? Favorite flavor? 

8 comments:

Katie said...

I LOVE Quest bars- especially the cookie dough flavor. I am running low on my stash so thanks for reminding me to order some more :) I have tried the noodles and I just am not a fan. The smell is terrible and I dont really like the consistency...maybe I need to cook them differently or something?

Katie @ Live Half Full said...

I tried Quest bars this week for the first time and I love them! I'm a little skeptical of the few mystery ingredients though. I looked them up, and they seem like legit natural sweeteners but still, makes me nervous. Your thoughts?

Amanda - TooTallFritz said...

I really can't get used to brussels sprouts. It's not the smell but rather the taste is not good for me.
THE smell that I can't stand though is tuna. The canned variety. I've never even tried real tuna (other than in sushi and that doesn't count since it's not cooked, right?). Other people have ruined me on tuna. I honestly cannot get past the smell.

Sierra said...

Bringing tuna to the office always got me a couple dirty looks, but I still enjoy it. I do make sure that I take the trash out after making tuna because it can really smell up my kitchen

Sierra said...

There are two varieties- one has sucralose and the other is all-natural. Take a look at the website and see the breakdown of the flavors.

Sierra said...

Cookie Dough flavor is LEGIT! The noodles are pretty "spring-y". I think spaghetti squash is a much better option.

Katie @ Live Half Full said...

I have a sampler pack of all of them and even the all natural ones have a few ingredients I cannot pronounced, but I looked them up and apparently they are Chinese, all natural sweeteners!

Emina said...

Honestly, I don't geht why you eat something with a bad smell. Why didn't you eat the real pasta?
That seems so wrong to me, to eat something I can't even smell. Is that an American thing? Trying to eat as healthy and low calorie as possible, even if it smells/tastes bad? Wouldn't your husband enjoy it to have a proper meal with you, where you both eat something normal like pasta? And wouldn't you enjoy it too?

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