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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Fusilli with green beans and carrots

It has been a strange kaleidoscope of climes for the past couple of days.In between fleeting glimpses of chill(it even snowed early one morning!), we are still having a balmy breeze,much like one that grazes the skin in mid-autumn.The weather here seems to want to drag in winter on one hand but is still reluctant to let go of autumn on the other!But unless there is snow fizzling all around,how can one feel the festivity in the air,how can the Christmas lights around town glitter alongside the merry Snowman-how can Santa glide down the chimney and leave stockings stuffed with gifts for little children!
 A couple of years back,when I was spending my first Christmas in Canada,I remember donning my snow jacket and huddling together with my husband to walk down and marvel at the Christmas lights adorning each garden along our street.How ethereally beautiful it all looked - the lights crafted out cute little reindeers with horns jutting out,ready to pull at Santa's sledge while little bells tinkered in the soft chilly breeze.I am waiting with bated breath to walk down the street this year too - only that it will not be that chilly(I think!) since this place is well down south in the US.
 Whatever that leaves me with,I am doing a lot of cooking this Holiday season and my focus this time is more on trying out healthy new recipes that will be easy on the cook but extremely nutritious at the same time!I will share my recipe for Fusilli with green beans and carrots for today's post.Believe me, there is nothing better than grabbing this quick and hearty meal in between scuttling around making preparations for the Holidays!Have loads of fun!

Sending this to  Amy's place for 'Midweek Fiesta # 8' , 'Presto Pasta Nights' at Ruth's and 'Full Plate Thursday' at Miz Helen's!!
 
Fusilli with green beans and carrots
You will need:
Fusilli pasta - 250 gms
Fresh green beans - 1 cup,chopped finely
Shredded carrots - 3/4th of a cup
Shredded chicken - 1/2 a cup (I use the shredded chicken from Tyson available in the Frozen section;you might use fresh boiled chicken and shred it roughly)
Cooked sweet corn - 1/2 cup
Spring onions - 1/2 a cup, finely chopped
Garlic - 2 cloves,finely minced
Italian seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper
Salt to taste
Olive/canola oil,for cooking
Butter - 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
Shredded Mozzarella cheese

How I made it:
1. Cook the pasta in a deep-bottomed bowl and drain the water. Add a blob of butter to keep everything nice and slick.
 2.In another pan, heat up the cooking oil and rest of the butter.Add the minced garlic,spring onions,chopped green beans and shredded carrots and cook everything together for a couple of minutes till the rawness of the carrots disappears.

3. Next add in the shredded chicken and sweet corn and top with a generous sprinkling of Italian seasoning,salt and freshly ground black pepper. Give everything another good mix before adding the drained and cooked pasta to this beautiful tapestry of healthy veggies.
4. Sprinkle a whole lots of shredded Mozzarella cheese as a final topping and take off the heat.Let the cheese melt a little to coat the pasta and then dig your spoon for a tasty mouthful!

5 thoughtful musings left behind...:

Blackswan said...

Hey Sudha, thks for your lovely note at Shirley's Luxury Haven! I'm following u now & looking fwd to sharing, not just on our cooking :)

This no-meat pasta is great esp for those health conscious people. You'll definitely see me more often here & hope to see u at my blog too. Happy Holidays, dear!

faseela said...

deliciousd preperation dear....

Lizzy said...

Excellent pasta dish...my family would love this! I love that it has lots of veggies along with the chicken and cheese :)

Amy said...

oh now this is another pasta recipe for me to try....looks so delicious!!
Thanks a lot for linking with Midweek Fiesta Hope to see you on next week too….

Miz Helen said...

Hi Sudha,
I just love the color and the flavor in you dish. We would really enjoy this recipe, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!
Come Back Soon,
Miz Helen

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