Pasta-Free Spinach Manicotti

Written by chanie on May 5th, 2013

This one is for all the low-carbers out there. The people with diabetes and those on restricted diets who drool over the cheese-filled pasta delicacies plastered all over their newsfeeds. You don’t have to feel deprived anymore. I’ve taken the cheesy manicotti experience and revamped it into a lighter, healthier version that is so good, you won’t even realize there’s no pasta in it!

To tell you the honest truth, I’m not the biggest pasta person. I mean, I enjoy a good plate of pasta, I do. But I’m just not one of those people who dreams about a giant bowl of penne ala vodka (duck confit ravioli, maybe). So when I’m watching my carbs, I care more about my bread-less sandwiches than my pasta-free baked ziti. And you know why? Because I always find a way around it. I’ll make spaghetti squash baked ziti, cauliflower mac ‘n cheese, cheesy stuffed mini peppers, or roasted eggplant parmesan with feta. And now, this. Oh. Em. Gee. Best reinvention to date. Seriously.

With Shavuot just a week away, think about reinventing your standard indulgent menu of french onion soup, lasagna and cheese blintzes for lighter, healthier versions of your favorite dairy dishes. You won’t be left feeling bloated and heavy, but you’ll still enjoy all the delicacies that the holiday of Shavuot offers. Lighten things up with my refreshing, palate-cleansing strawberry rhubarb soup and save your calories for a decadent dessert, coming up later this week!

1 year ago: carrot muffins
2 years ago: meat lasagna

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  1. Dina says:

    OMG! This looks AMAZING!
    As always… thanks for sharing!

  2. stephanie says:

    i love this idea!

  3. omg this is genius!! love everything about it.

  4. Fashion-isha says:

    This is so my type of food! It’s amazing! I’m def making this for Shavuos. Thank you for a healthy version of something cheesy!

  5. Hindy says:

    fantastic low-carb idea. looks delicious!

  6. Likely healthier than pasta manicotti, but it’s missing the pasta! Probably tastes awesome though

  7. Ronnie Fein says:

    I am so often on a low carb diet — this is perfect.

  8. I like this… even without any cheese. Kinda like a lazy stuffed-grape leaf.

  9. This is so clever, I love it. I am going to try it with chard leaves. I bet my kids will love it!

  10. Jamie Geller says:

    total awesomeness — I have to check out all your carb free posts!

  11. Yum! I love love love pasta, but this is a great light version, I wouldnt miss it.

  12. Wonderful recipe, the pictures are absolutely stunning.

  13. Leslie says:

    What a fantastic idea. I just randomly found your site..I wasn’t even looking for a recipe :)

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