This recipe, compared to the original, reduces the calories from 515 calories to 255 calories and reduces the fat from 40 grams to 9 grams! (according to my calculations on MyFitnessPal.com)
Reduced Fat Spinach & Rice Alfredo
1 cup white rice
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced (optional, or as tolerated)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup half & half
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
4 cups packed torn fresh spinach leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- In a medium saucepan, bring the rice, water and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until rice is tender and water is absorbed.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, sauté garlic in butter. Stir in half & half and Parmesan cheese; cook for 1 minute or until the cheese is melted. Add spinach, ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute or until spinach is wilted. Stir in rice and serve.