What's Cooking: Tips from Our Nutritionist
Nutritious Tips on Linguine with Clams
1) Heat the olive oil on low to medium heat, not high heat. Better to slowly sauté the garlic and red peppers for a real penetration of flavor and also because olive oil should not be cooked on high heat. Olive oil has a lower smoking point than many oils (especially if it is extra-virgin olive oil) and overheating it can cause the olive oil to oxidize, which causes free radicals and takes away the positive benefits of olive oil.
2) Add vegetables! Linguine and clams are a classic combination but you can also add tasty vegetables such as Swiss chard, kale, or spinach that will add color, texture and flavor culinary-wise. Vegetables will also add essential vitamins and minerals as well as anti-cancer phytonutrients. Especially with the lovely sauce of the recipe, any veggies would taste good -- so use the opportunity to add greens!
3) Opting for a whole wheat linguine adds more vitamins, minerals and fiber which are all beneficial. The fiber will especially help you get fuller, quicker so you can eat less of the linguine and better control your caloric intake. Eating less may just mean more delicious leftovers for tomorrow too!