I thought so, hence a compromise. We would make pasta but it would only be half a meal. I rummaged around my fridge full of veggies and found a great way to add to the pasta :)
The pasta was whole-grain penne with Trader Joe's vodka sauce- so yummy!
2-3 summer squash, sliced
3-4 red potatoes, sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbs olive oil
1 Tbs Balsamic vinegar
basil, oregano, Italian seasoning
Coast pan with olive oil. Cook onions, potatoes, squash, and spices until onions are translucent and potatoes can be pierced with a fork. Drizzle with balsamic.
Serves 4, 4 points a serving.
And here's the amazing thing-- while my dinner was still Points Plus friendly, I was too full to finish my plate. AND, I stopped eating instead of stuffing myself- that's progress :)