Food Hunter's Guide to Cuisine: Women Lie: Size Does Matter

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Women Lie: Size Does Matter

I am a firm believer in the fact that portion size is important if you want to live a healthy lifestyle. With all of the “super-sized” products out there it’s easy to lose track of what the “standard” portion size should be.

My grandparents. Look at the amount of pasta in their dishes.
Research has shown that people tend to eat more when the food is given to them on larger plates/containers. In other words a 4 ounce piece of chicken would be plenty of food if served on a 6 inch plate but when served on an 8 inch plate people tend to think it's not enough.

I’m not sure why this is but I’ve seen it happen plenty of times with our dinner guests. More so with pasta than anything else. The size and shape of the pasta affect how it’s perceived by people. Since 2 ounces of rigatoni looks a lot less than 2 ounces of angel hair our guests always expect more. So I plan accordingly when I know certain people are coming to dinner.

Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes, Sausage and Veggies

4 oz. pasta
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
1 bell pepper, sliced
2 roasted tomatoes, chopped
1 Italian sausage crumbled.
Crushed red pepper to taste

Boil water in a large pot and cook pasta until al dente.

In the meantime heat olive oil in a large pan, add sausage. Cook until sausage is browned.  Add garlic and crushed red pepper.  Cook until soft. Add bell pepper and mushrooms sauté until softened. Mix in roasted tomatoes.

Season with salt and pepper.

Drain pasta and reserve some cooking liquid.

Pour pasta and reserved liquid into pan with veggies. Toss to coat.


  1. O my God you are so right , I remember this like it was just yesterday. And can you imagine a second helping. (I do). Mom

  2. I love this, simple is the best! I love the mushrooms too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. lol! Love the title of this post! That pasta looks amazing

  4. So true! It's funny how the spaghetti strands spread too...when I'm taking home leftovers, I'm often amazed at what a little box they can fit into! Love your dish!

  5. I love the reminder about portion size. Coming from an Italian family, I was brought up with the mentality of feeding more, more more. It's a tough habit to break.

  6. Great recipe and a great reminder about portion sizes!

  7. hahah snappy title lures you right in!! Good points on portions!

  8. It's so true... portions have gotten way out of control! I always eat off of a salad plate instead of a dinner plate so it looks more full. And bulk everythign up with tons of veggies like you did with this pasta!

  9. Wow - this is so interesting and true!! And that bowl of pasta in that first pic if my kinda portion! haha

  10. I agree portions are out of control especially when it comes to carbs!

  11. Talk about attention grabbing titles!!! I was like what is my dear Food Hunter talking about today?, all the while giggling and looking for a tantalizing read! Great post though on portion control. And a delicious recipe.

  12. Fantastic recipe! And you're so right about portion sizes. Smaller sizes are perceived better on smaller plates.

  13. I totally know what you're saying. I use smaller plates all of the time because it looks like I have more food. Love this pasta!