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School Lunch: Broccoli, Chicken Pasta Salad

By Hasnaa Hassan
Onislam.net Staff
26-09-12_hf-5

Sometimes moms feel confused about what their kids should eat at school.

However, moms can prepare easy and healthy snacks for their kids. It should be easy to pack and carry. It is important that the dish looks attractive and tastes yummy.

Today’s dish is a very healthy snack that your kid would love to eat at school.

Nutrition

 Broccoli is the king of healthy vegetables. It is very rich in antioxidants and helps protect us against cancer (broccoli should be steamed, as boiling almost halves its vitamin C content).

 Pasta is a great energy food full of carbohydrates. Three tablespoons of sweet corn provide one of the 5 portions of daily recommended fruit and vegetables, and chicken is an excellent low fat source of protein.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fusilli pasta
  • 3/4 cup broccoli florets
  • 3/4 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup tinned sweet corn
  • 8 to 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3 spring onions, finely chopped

Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon  honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • a little freshly ground black pepper  

Method

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and rinse under cold water.
  2. Meanwhile, steam the broccoli for 4 minutes or until just tender.
  3. Transfer the pasta to a large bowl, add the chicken, cherry tomatoes, sweet corn, broccoli florets and chopped spring onion.
  4. Simply whisk together all the ingredients for the salad dressing and toss the salad with the dressing.
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Healthy Baked Chicken Nuggets

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