Teresa Giudice’s Fabulicious! Fast & Fit is a good cookbook for healthy Italian recipes. A lot of Italian recipes are naturally healthy like escarole and beans, shrimp scampi, lentil soup. It’s when you add the pasta and cheese that there’s a problem. Teresa substitutes whole wheat pasta sometimes, or fat-free cream cheese or ricotta in place of higher-carb and fuller-fat versions. Italians don’t typically use cream or cottage cheese in their cooking, but lowfat or fat-free versions of these cheeses can be good substitutes for cream sauces like in fettucine alfredo. Teresa also adds a lot of veggies to these dishes, like adding broccoli to the fettucine alfredo. I like the sound of the veggie-stuffed portobello mushrooms. She still uses breadcrumbs but only two tablespoons and uses veggies for the stuffing. She uses healthier meats like turkey for turkey meatballs and Italian wedding soup. All of her recipes are classic Italian recipes with some new additions like the creamy tomato and basil dip that she creates to dip veggies in. I made this one without the sun dried tomatoes but with the other ingredients, which I had on hand, and it’s a great dip for celery!
I made shrimp scampi from her recipe and it was really good. This is not something my family typically cooked, but I’ve seen it on Italian restaurant menus and the ingredients are certainly basic Italian ones. It was really good and a break from dipping shrimp in cocktail sauce.