Not quite a green salad, not quite a pasta salad, this Arugula Salad with Penne makes a light and quick lunch or dinner. The peppery arugula combined with the nutty garbanzo beans and sweet yet savory sun dried tomatoes make a wonderful flavor combination. Add in a little pasta and cheese, and you get a filling meal that’s packed with veggies and protein.
The trick with this recipe is to use a high protein pasta. Combining the high protein pasta with protein rich chickpeas and cheese is one way for gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients to reach their daily protein needs. To add extra protein to this meal, grilled chicken or sausage would complement the flavors nicely. Protein is especially important for bariatric patients in order to maintain muscle mass while losing weight after gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, or lap band surgery.
Arugula Salad with Penne and Garbanzo Beans:
Adapted from www.skinnytaste.com
- 3 cups baby arugula
- 6 oz high protein pasta
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (for more flavor you can substitute some oil from the jar of sun dried tomatoes
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 14 oz can garbanzo beans (chick peas), rinsed and drained
- 4 tbsp Parmigiano Reggiano, freshly shaved
- salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- Boil pasta to al dente texture in salted water. Drain and rinse under cold water.
- Toss the pasta with baby arugula, chopped sun dried tomatoes, chickpeas, half of the cheese, salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.
- In a small bowl, whisk the oil and vinegar together and pour over the salad. Toss to combine.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of shaved cheese on top.
The above recipe is offered by Dr. Shillingford, M.D., P.A., a board certified surgeon specializing in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Shillingford’s gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band patients come to his Boca Raton office from all over Florida, including Delray Beach, Miami, Wellington, West Palm Beach, Orlando, and Jacksonville. Dr. Shillingford encourages his patients to eat their protein first, then vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. To increase your fiber intake, whole grain pasta can be substituted for high protein pasta in this recipe.