Thursday, May 16, 2013

SALAD- Light Pasta Salad- light and healthy lunch





Every once in a while there comes a new variety of fruit or vegetable becomes a wonder. It's the case with the hybrid variety called a grape tomato. Originally introduced as an exotic item in upscale grocery stores, this vegetable has become extremely popular and can be found in many stores now.  They are packed with nutrients.  

Grape Tomatoes are filled with valuable fibre.
Grape tomatoes are full  of vitamin C. 
Red and orange fruits and vegetables, such as grape tomatoes, are rich sources of a vitamin-A compound called lycopene.

Now that we know some good stuff about these sweet tiny tomatoes, on to our light salad.  




























Sometimes it's nice to throw a light salad together and not feel guilty about eating a huge plateful.   It's just as simple as cutting up some fruits adding cereal and milk to a bowl.  I used some whole wheat pasta, sauteed some chives, garlic, peas, tomatoes and added some simple grilled chicken.  It's hearty and you feel full longer.  




































Simple, Tasty and Healthy,, here goes..

PASTA SALAD

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat Penne Pasta- 2 cups
Peas                                             - 1/2 cup
Grape tomatoes                    - 15
grilled chicken                       
garlic                                        - 3 finely chopped
chives                                      -  4 tbsps finely chopped
Olive oil
Pepper and Salt
Parmesan Cheese              - 2 tbsp

Method:

1.  Boil your pasta according to the package instructions, not mushy at all.
2.  In a large pan, add 1 tsp of olive oil, add garlic, chives and peas and saute.  
3.  Add grape tomatoes, cut grilled chicken cubes, salt, pepper and get it warm for a minute.
4.  Add the pasta and toss in parmesan cheese and ENJOY.

For Grilled Chicken:
Paprika, Pepper, Garlic powder, Onion Powder, Salt, Olive Oil
Marinate chicken breast with all of the above and grill it.  
You could use any spice you have on hand.  
A good tandoori chicken powder to marinate chicken will add an Indian touch to it.  

ENJOY!!




1 comment:

Nikhil Shivakumar said...

You won't get many salads like this which is light but filling at the same time. And, shocker, I don't really like salads, but I honestly loved this! It's really good!

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