This is a simple recipe I cooked for my kids, for their lunch (sekali-sekala tukar selera, kalau tiap-tiap hari makan nasi, ada la yang mula menunjukkan kurang selera). Preparation time - approximately 1 Hour or less (depending on the readiness of your ingredient).
Spaghetti (boiled, tossed)
Shallot & garlic - for frying
Chicken (you can also put beef, prawns or anything that suit your taste bud, i used chicken as that is what my kids love)
Ground black pepper
1 table spoon of Chilli paste (do not put too much as we are going to put black pepper later)
Any green vege
1. Fry shallot & gralic till brown and fragrant. Add chicken.
2. Add chilli paste. Cook till chicken is soft, and the chilli is well cooked.
3. Add carrot.
4. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
5. Add in the spaghetti and green vege.
6. Finally, sprinkle dried parsley.
This is a 'trial & error' recipe (but of course ada le jugak meninjau laman web lain, tapi tak le pulak menyalin resepinye), but alhamdulillah, it turns out fine and delicious (kalau tak jadi, tak masuk blog hehe). My kids love it too, especially Atikah, so-so for Sabrina as she dislikes the pepper, and OK for Hakim as he eats when he is hungry.
SOME HEALTHY FACTS ON PASTA
Pasta Health Facts
Pasta and Health
- Pasta is a “good” carb. Carbohydrates are the source of most of the body's glucose, which is the crucial fuel energy source for the brain, red blood cells, muscle and organs. Pasta is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates.
- Pasta is not a “white” food. Pasta is golden or amber because it is made from semolina flour, which is ground from durum wheat. White flour used to make white bread is ground from common wheat.
- Pasta is nutritious. Pasta is a good source of B vitamins, iron and niacin. It is very low in sodium and is cholesterol free.
- Pasta has a low Glycemic Index (GI) so it does not cause sugar in the blood to rise quickly. The Glycemic index measures how rapidly a carbohydrate triggers a rise in blood sugar; the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response.
Healthy Pasta Meals and The Mediterranean Diet
- Pasta meals are efficient “delivery systems” for healthy foods. Pasta is eaten with its plate partners, such as vegetables, fish, olive oil, cheese, tomato sauce, beans, poultry and meat. By pairing pasta with ingredients, the complete pasta meal is nutritious and satisfying.
- Pasta meals are central to the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by abundant variety of plant foods (fruits, vegetables, breads, pasta, other forms of cereals, potatoes, beans, nuts, and seeds), olive oil as the principal source of fat, dairy products (mostly cheese and yogurt), fish and poultry consumed in low to moderate amounts, zero to four eggs consumed weekly, red meat consumed in low amounts, and wine consumed in low to moderate amounts.
- The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the Mediterranean Diet reduces the risk of death from heart disease and cancer. Cereals, which include pasta, are an integral part of the Mediterranean Diet.