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Fiber makes you feel full and eat less.

Whole-wheat pasta can have two to three times more fiber in it than regular pasta.

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Trying to keep off the pounds without punishing your taste buds? Indulge in this yummy but good-for-you pasta dish, packed with about 8 grams of dietary fiber in each serving.

The benefits of adding fiber to your diet are huge: Not only are fiber-rich foods healthful and tasty, but they also fill you up, helping you to eat less and lose weight. This delicious meal, from "The Full Plate Diet" by Stuart A. Seale, M.D., Teresa Sherard, M.D., and Diana Fleming, contains two fiber champs: whole wheat and spinach.

Florentine Penne

1 12-ounce box whole-wheat penne pasta
2 16-ounce bags frozen spinach
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 8-ounce package fresh sliced mushrooms
2 3.8-ounce cans sliced black olives
1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (julienne cut), with no oil
6 cloves pressed or minced garlic
1/2 cup pine nuts

Cook pasta as directed, then drain. While pasta is cooking, place spinach in a colander and run it under cold water until thawed. Press out water and set aside.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet and sauté mushrooms, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and pine nuts for 10 to 15 minutes, until mushrooms are cooked. Add the spinach to the sautéed mixture. Combine cooked pasta with sautéed vegetables and cook for an additional 5 minutes. Serve hot. Serves 6.

Nutrition: 342 calories, 13g protein, 44g carbohydrates, 14g fat (1.6g saturated), 458mg sodium, 8g fiber

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