Now, here I am in my kitchen and the dilemma is what I should cook. I had few vegetables in fridge and whole wheat linguini. So, I decided to cook an Indian (since am an Indian J ; No brainer) based vegetable with linguini version for my dinner. Idea was to get both vegetables and fiber in one shot. Please find the step by step version of my recipe.
Oil: Extra virgin Olive Oil: ½ Tbsp.
- · 1 inch cinnamon stick (Nutritional fact: One of the best sources for antioxidants)
- · Bay leaf (Nutritional fact: Very good source of many vitamins)
- · 1 Star Aniseed (Nutritional fact: Contains good amounts of anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-A.)
- · 1 tsp. Fennel seeds (Nutritional facts: These are rich source of dietary fiber, hence good for digestion.)
- · 2-4 cloves of garlic – diced (Fun facts: Garlic is considered to have antibiotic activity)
- · ½ tsp. minced/grated ginger (Fun facts: Ginger could be used as natural food preservative and could also serve to treat cold)
- · 1 small green chili (deseeded- we can’t handle the seeded chili…it’s too hot for me and my family) – cut in small pieces. (Nutritional value: They are good sources for vitamins but moderation is vital when consuming these small power punches. That is true for anything. Hence “balanced diet” is a critical thing.)
- · 1 small tomatoes ( I used Roma tomatoes) – diced (Nutritional value: very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and Manganese.)
- · 1 small onion – cut length wise (Nutritional value: Onions are very low in calories (just 40 calories per 100 g) and fats; however, rich in soluble dietary fiber.)
- · 1 bell pepper – cut length wise (Nutritional value: Bell pepper has adequate levels of essential minerals. Some of main minerals in it are iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium.)
- · 1 carrot –diced (Nutritional value: They are exceptionally rich source of carotenes and vitamin-A.)
- · Handful of spinach leaves – cut into small pieces (Nutritional value: They are considered to be best source of iron, richest among the green vegetables.)
- Boil water with a tsp. of olive oil (or u could use any oil/clarified butter/butter you want).
- Put linguini (I break linguini in half, it becomes much convenient to mix at the later stages of this dish) in boiling water. Let it cook for 5-7 mins. Drain the water and put it aside.
- Cut vegetables (you could cut the vegetables in any shapes you like, these are just my suggestions).