>either angel hair or tortellini, with a salad and garlic bread. So I eat a bowl full of pasta, 2 large pieces of garlic bread, then dive into dessert
--sounds like the typical, "I can't eat meat, so I'll have to fill up on whatever's around" syndrome. But remember, you are the one that decides what's around! Do you eat any of the prepared fake meats, or are you against it? If you do, an italian feeling meal I like is to nuke a chick'n pattie till it's not frozen any more, then sautee it on both sides, dollup 2 T of Ragu Lt on top, and sprinkle with shredded soy cheese of the mozarelli type. Turn off skillet and put lid on till cheese melts. But, as soon as you start warming up the patties, and I usually nuke mine just a minute, so they are not frozen inside, then transfer to silverstone skillet - THEN wash, cut off both ends of a small yellow summer squash and slice in slices about finger width. Arrange 1 slc thick in large flate plate and nuke on medium for a few minutes till the insides part stabs without resistance, sprinkle with any seasoning, I'm not vegan and use Molly McButter, but sub whatever you like, you could use Earth Balance, but it'd be a lot of work to dot them each with a little blob of 'butter'. I know there are Paremsian cheese sprinkles in both vegetarian and vegan versions. Throw some salad stuff on a plate, with tomatoes added, and top with fat free italian dressing, then add a tsp of oil (olive or safflower, and a squirt of lime juice. SKIP THE BREAD. Neither the noodles nor the bread you are eating are whole grain and will just set off a cycle of cravings.
Here's a simple pic of it, I thought I'd just eat a little of the summer squash, but it was so good, I went back and ate the rest, and it has very little calories, yet kept me full all night. The salad is already eaten, so not in the pic:http://s139.photobucket.com/albums/q...mmersquash.jpg