January 15, 2014

Organic Chicken Pasta Salad Description:

This deliciously light and flavourful pasta salad will certainly satisfy. It contains a lot of beneficial ingredients such as ginger, which is ideal for the gastrointestinal system, and sesame seeds, which have many minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and fibre.

Ginger has also been shown to have the properties of antioxidants, which inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds that can cause a lot of distress. Also, people with osteoarthritis have reported a decrease in pain due to consumption of fresh ginger. Ginger can also aid in protecting against colorectal and ovarian cancer.

A quarter cup of sesame seeds provide 74% of your daily copper intake as well, which has been shown to decrease pain and swelling associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Magnesium also lowers blood pressure and aids in restoring normal sleep patterns for women experiencing a painful menopause. Sesame seeds are also high in calcium, iron, vitamin B1, zinc, and fibre, which are all critical for your body. Finally, sesame seeds are high in phytosterols, which reduce cholesterol in the blood.

The following recipe is great for a light lunch or dinner. It only has 349 calories, and it contains 9% of your daily requirement of fibre. It also has 32% of the protein you’ll need for the day. You can add more vegetables to this recipe such as peppers, snow peas, carrots, and onions for a more nutritious meal or have a salad on the side.

also, the bow tie pasta can be replaced with brown rice or quinoa as a healthier and gluten-free alternative. You won’t regret making this recipe, especially as the preparation and cooking time is only 30 minutes. Bon appetit!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds 
  • 1 (16 ounce) package bow tie pasta 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce 
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil 
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast meat 
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro 
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion

Method

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds, and cook frequently stirring until lightly toasted. Remove from heat, and set aside. 
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain pasta, and rinse under cold water until cool. Transfer to a large bowl. 
  3. In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, sesame seeds, ginger, and pepper. Shake well.
  4. Pour sesame dressing over pasta, and toss to coat evenly. Gently mix in chicken, cilantro, and green onions.

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