By Mary Perry, Zone Director of Clinical Trials

Zone Lifestyle Tips: 8 Pasta Meals You Can Mix and Match In No TimeHave you ever had one of those weeks where you fly by the seat of your pants and Friday can’t come soon enough? Maybe this is your every week; no judgement here!  When life gets chaotic, it doesn’t have to be an excuse for healthy eating to be back-burnered. Having a few staples in your pantry can make weekday meal planning nutritious and a breeze.

PastaRx Eliminates the Need for Take Out

Having a pantry stocked with Zone PastaRx, sauces, and canned vegetables (if fresh or frozen aren’t available) makes for endless options! Just remember that Zone PastaRx is balanced in both protein and carbohydrates giving you the flexibility to mix and match most everything.  Here we’ll show you how simple it can be. Pick and choose from each of the categories below for meals in a cinch!

Pasta Your Way in Just 3 Steps:

Step 1. Pick Your Pasta (pick one)

Pick Pick Zone PastaRx Fusilli or Orzo

Step 2. Choose Your Sauce (pick one)

  • Marinara (1/4 cup)
  • Meat sauce (1/4 cup)
  • Light Alfredo (1/4 cup)
  • Pesto (1 Tablespoon)
Add Marinara or Other Sauce to Zone PastaRx

Step 3. Choose Your Vegetables (pick two)

  • Artichoke Hearts (1/2 cup)
  • Asparagus (1/2 cup)
  • Green Beans (3/4 cup)
  • Broccoli (1 ½ cups)
  • Brussel Sprouts (3/4 cup)
  • Eggplant (3/4 cup)
  • Cauliflower (2 cups)
  • Kale (1 cup)
  • Mushrooms (1 cup)
  • Onions (3/4 cup)
  • Peppers (1 cup)
  • Spinach (1 ¾ cup)
  • Tomatoes  (3/4 cup)
Add Veggies to Zone PastaRx

Optional: Add Some Protein (pick one)

  • Chicken (1 ounce)
  • Fish (1 ounce)
  • Lean Sausage (1 ounce)
  • Lean Beef (1 ounce)
  • Pork (1 ounce)

Plus, Zone PastaRx is a patented protein-rich pasta replacement designed to stabilize blood sugar and curb hunger for hours. So not only will you be cooking great meals in a snap, you’ll be helping to increase your lean body mass while reducing your insulin resistance.

Want more inspiration? Check out more than 100 Zone pasta recipes. Or share your creations with us in the comments below!

Comments

  1. Jim Brown

    Hi Barb, cook 1/4 cup of orzo or 1/2 cup of fusilli and measure the drained pasta,then when you cook the whole package you will know the amount of one serving.

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  2. Paula

    I have to agree with Barb Gores. I like to prepare a whole bag at a time to have in the frig so I can make quick meals thru out the week.. is it not possible to tell us what measure of cooked orzo equals the 1/4 cup of dry orzo? And likewise, the 1/2 cup dry fusilli would equate to how much of the cooked product? That way I could remove that much from the bowl in the frig to make a quick meal..

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  3. Sophia Tryant

    would dearly love to access to purchase the range of Zone pastas but unfortunately I live in Australia.
    Are , or can ,they be made available to Australians?

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    • Dr. Sears

      We ship all over the world. You may order online zonediet.com and enter the country you live in at checkout. Alternatively, email us at or call us at 1-978- 539-0095.

      Reply
  4. Justin C

    Would like to try this. I am unable to eat gluten. This pasta looks unusually high n gluten? Does zone make any gluten free pasta? If no then please do.

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    • Mary Perry

      Hi Justin, Thanks so much for your comment. You are correct that Zone PastaRx contains gluten. That being said typically gluten is only a concern to those with demonstrated celiac disease or about 1% of the population. Those that have “gluten-sensitivity” may really have “fodmap” sensitivity. Fodmaps (fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-carbohydrates and polyols) are the poorly absorbed carbohydrates found in wheat products that can generate gastric distress upon their fermentation in the colon. Careful studies have indicated “gluten-sensitive” individuals put on a low fodmap diet demonstrate no gastric distress when challenged with high levels of gluten. Zone PastaRx is a low-fodmap food
      product.

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  5. Barb Gores

    I love the Zone PastaRx and often like to cook the entire package and then use it to make individual meals throughout the week as described above. I would like to know, though, what the serving size is when the pasta is cooked (as opposed to the dry serving size). In other words, if 1/4 cup of the dry orzo is one serving, roughly what does that become once cooked? Or if 1/2 cup of the dry fusilli is one serving then how much is one serving once it is cooked? I have been guessing that the serving size doubles once cooked (1/4 cup dry is equivalent to 1/2 cup cooked??) Is this a good guess?

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      • Paula

        I have to agree with a previous post I too like to prepare a whole or 1/2 bag of orzo or fusilli and then have it to prepare quick meals the whole week. Is it not possible to tell us what unit of measure cooked equates to 1/4 cup orzo and 1/2 cup fusilli? That way I can scoop out that amount of the cooked pasta to make quick meals..

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    • Chris Nowak

      Use a digital scale to measure your pasta. I measure out 240 grams dry Fuseli. After cooking and draining it weighs in at around 600 grams. Measure out 120 grams per serving for me, plus 2 oz. chicken and around 6 oz. of assorted veges.
      Lemon juice, olive oil and season with Mrs. Dash. Also good with 4 oz. of salsa.

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  6. Ana Maria Robles

    I love the convenience and easy steps to staying in the Zone. I appreciate the simplicity!!
    Thank you,
    Ana Maria Robles

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