You know, it is said that women who eat whole grains tend to weigh less. Health claims come at us left and right. I decided to look up that claim and I found the following from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:
Increasing whole-grain intake is associated with lower VAT in adults, whereas higher intakes of refined grains are associated with higher VAT.
(VAT = visceral adipose tissue. That is the belly fat that is bad.)
That’s enough reason for me to start eating lots of my Asian Garden Pasta Salad that I made using Hodgson Mill‘s Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta. Made with whole wheat pasta and broccoli slaw, it is a delicious way to consume whole grains and veggies.
This pasta salad is quick and easy to make. It only takes 3-5 minutes of boiling for the angel hair pasta to be cooked.
The addition of a homemade dressing, some chopped green onions, a bag of broccoli slaw and some slivered almonds convert a basic Italian noodle into a delectable Asian dish. I added 6 oz of cooked, chopped chicken to make it a meal.
A nice thing about this dish is that it can be eaten immediately after being made or can be refrigerated for later. It would be a nice meal for company. You can make it, refrigerate it, and do the dishes before company comes. They will never know that it was quite simple to make.
Asian Garden Pasta Salad
- 1/2 box Hodgson Mill's Whole Wheat Angel Hair Pasta
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 tsp ginger grated
- 1 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp sweet red chili sauce
- 2 Tbsp hoison sauce
- 1 12 oz package broccoli slaw
- 1/2 cup green onions chopped
- 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
- 1 6 oz packaged cooked diced chicken
In a large pot, bring 4 quarts of water to a boil. Break pasta in half and place in boiling water for 3 to 5 minutes. Drain pasta and cool with running water. Drain and place back into large pot.
In a medium size bowl, press garlic and add grate ginger. Add sesame oil, red chili sauce, and hoison sauce. Mix well.
Add sauce mixture, broccoli slaw, green onions, slivered almonds, and dice chicken. Mix well.
Pour into serving bowl. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate.