Sunday, April 17, 2016

Creamy Mushroom and Chicken Pasta

Health benefits
Olive Oil is rich in mono-saturated fats which helps protect against Type II diabetes. It helps with weight loss; maintain healthy heart, lower blood pressure, keeps healthy bones and healthy skin. In addition, it helps prevents colon and skin cancer.
Garlic is an ear infection, sore throat and tonsillitis remedy. It wards off coughs and cold, breaks s down blood clots, reduces risk of heart attack and stroke, prevents cancer and aids respiratory problems. It also heal and reduce itchiness of insect bites, stop toothache and aids in digestion and stomach problems.
Red Onion is antiseptic, anti-spasmodic and anti-biotic. It assists with asthma, detoxifying of metals and parasites, prevents cancer, protects brain, strengthens bones, aids digestion and purifies Blood.
Mushrooms are anti-oxidants and rich in zinc. They lower cholesterol level, support immune system, increase vitamin D level, maintain healthy skin, and contain natural insulin. They also increase metabolism, inhabit cancer, and thin blood.

Rosemary is rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, these are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. It is rich in antioxidants which play an important role in neutralizing harmful free radicals and also helps improving digestion. It enhances memory and concentration and it is good for your brain by helping prevent brain aging. It has differential anti-proliferative effects on human leukemia and breast carcinoma cells.

Pine nuts are a powerhouse of vitamin, mineral, antioxidants and other nutrients. They also contain monounsaturated fatty acids that are heart-friendly and help lower bad cholesterol in the blood and increase the level of good one.  They also help protect the heart from heart conditions. Pine nuts contain excellent amounts of vitamin E which helps to maintain the health of mucus skin and fights harmful free radicals that causes cancers and other fatal diseases.
Parsley is anti-inflammatory and rich in many vital vitamins, including Vitamin C, B 12, K and A. it helps keeps your immune system strong, tones your bones and heals the nervous system. In addition, parsley helps flush out excess fluid from the body, thus supporting kidney function. It also helps controlling blood pressure, maintaining healthy heart and preventing cancer.



-          2 tbsp olive oil

-          1 clove of crushed garlic

-          1 small finely chopped onion

-          1 cup of sliced fresh mushrooms
-          3/4 cup of cooking cream
-          2 tsp of dried rosemary
-          1 tbsp of butter
-          500 g ribbons pasta
-          200 g shredded chicken
-          1/3 cup pine nuts
-          3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
-          1/4 cup chopped parsley
-          salt and pepper to taste

1.       Cook the pasta in a large saucepan of salted boiling water until al dente then drain.
2.      Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Spray 1tbsp of olive oil. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes until browned. Transfer to a bowl and cover to keep warm.
3.      Heat the reaming of the oil in the frying pan; cook garlic and onion, stirring, until onion softens. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring, until tender.
4.      Add cream and rosemary to pan; bring to the boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for about 3 minutes or until sauce thickens; add the butter, then stir.
5.      Add the hot cream sauce to the hot pasta with the chicken, pine nuts, half the cheese, and parsley; toss gently until combined.
6.      Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7.      Serve immediately, topped with rest of cheese.
8.      Enjoy J

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