Chronic inflammation often goes together with chronic diseases, causing pain and a host of other symptoms throughout your body. Thankfully, we can support our body’s ability to feel better by fueling up with whole foods that are filled with nutrients that the body can use to reduce inflammation. This quick and easy recipe, featuring probiotic, prebiotic and fiber-rich foods, are known to help feed a healthy gut.
Treat yourself, and your gut, to these delicious, anti-inflammatory dishes.
Chicken Pesto Pasta with Asparagus
This healthy chicken pesto pasta is easy to make thanks to convenience ingredients like rotisserie chicken and store-bought pesto. The addition of fresh asparagus—which is cooked in the same pot as the pasta—brightens up the look and the flavors of this family-friendly and easy one-pot dinner.
8 oz whole wheat penne 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
1 lb. asparagus trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 1 (7 oz) container basil pesto (refrigerated)
1 teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 oz grated parmesan cheese (1/4 cup) small fresh basil leaves for garnish
- Cook pasta in a large pot according to package directions. Add asparagus to the pot during the final 2 minutes of cooking time. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup cooking water.
- Return the pasta mixture to the pot; stir in chicken, pesto, salt and pepper. Stir in the reserved cooking water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach desired consistency. Transfer the mixture to a serving dish; sprinkle with Parmesan and garnish with basil, if desired. Serve immediately.
Serving Size: About 1 Cup
422 calories; protein 31.4g; carbohydrates 32.2g; dietary fiber 0.8g; sugars 3.5g; fat 18.4g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 70.4mg; vitamin a iu 635.9IU; vitamin c 2.9mg; folate 58.5mcg; calcium 168.2mg; iron 2.5mg; magnesium 26.8mg; potassium 416.7mg; sodium 714.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.
Source: EatingWell. 2020