A Winter Delight
In the previous post, we extensively talked about the benefits of a plant-based diet. Despite that, I keep getting asked this question a lot – how can we find plant-based substitutes for processed items, like cheese or meat. My answer to all of them is simply this – ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’. Let’s try our new recipe Chestnut Mushroom Pasta.
Also, to encourage you all to switch to a plant-based diet, I have come up with an interesting recipe – Chestnut Mushroom Pasta. This recipe is unlike a regular pasta recipe because it does not have cheese at all. In fact, it is made of a lovely plant-based winter pasta sauce!
With this recipe, I’m to help understand that processed foods have tasty, plant-based substitutes. You don’t always have to resort to processed items to make your food lip-smacking, plant-based foods work wonderfully as well.
Before we get started with this delicious plant-based traditional Italian delicacy, let’s run you through the benefits of the star ingredient of this healthy pasta sauce – Chestnuts.
Full of Antioxidants
Chestnuts are a good source of antioxidants that stay intact even after cooking. They are rich in two important antioxidants, gallic acid, and ellagic acid. These antioxidants are known for their ability to increase in concentration when cooked.
Thanks to the high fiber content in chestnuts, they are just what you need to maintain the health of your gut. These nuts support the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut. They are also gluten-free, which makes them perfect for people suffering from celiac disease.
Controls Blood Sugar Levels
With a low glycemic index value of 54, chestnuts help balance your blood sugar levels. Also, it is high in fiber, contributing to the slow absorption of starches in your body. This helps avoid sudden spikes in your blood sugar level, helping keep diabetes at bay!
Loaded With Vitamins
Chestnuts are a rich source of amino acids, monounsaturated fatty acids, phenols, and vitamins too. Full of essential vitamins such as vitamin C, E, A, and B Complex, chestnuts can help you meet your minimum daily requirement of these vitamins.
Support Heart Health
With high levels of antioxidants, minerals such as potassium and magnesium, chestnuts help reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues. They work amazingly well to boost the health of your heart, keeping it safe from all heart-related ailments.
The humble chestnuts have a whole lot of hidden benefits, making them a perfect plant-based substitute for all the processed ingredients you would opt for otherwise. Plus, they have a heavenly taste and a rich texture, allowing you to use them in not only this simple pasta sauce but in almost all other recipes!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- 15 chestnuts
- 1 oz mushrooms dried, preferably an assortment
- 1 pinch Pink Himalayan Salt
- 1 pinch black pepper freshly grounded
- 1 tbsp Extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup shallots peeled and sliced
- 12 oz spaghetti legume-based
- Using a paring knife, make a horizontal cut on the flat side of each chestnut. Place them in boiling water to cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove them from the water a few at a time and peel while still hot.
- Soak the mushrooms in about 1 1/2 cups of very hot water. For the pasta, bring a large pot of water to a boil, and salt it.
- Place half the EVOO in a skillet, turn the heat to medium-high, and a minute later, add the shallots. Sprinkle lightly with salt, and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Chop the chestnuts into 1/2- to 1/4-inch chunks, then measure about a cup. Add them to the skillet, along with a little more salt.
- Cook, stirring occasionally until the chestnuts deepen in color, about 5 minutes. Remove the mushrooms from the water; strain and reserve the liquid. Chop the mushrooms, and add them to the skillet; cook, stirring, for a minute or two, then add the strained liquid. Turn the heat to low, and season to taste with salt and lots of black pepper.
- Cook the pasta until tender but not mushy. If the chestnut sauce is too thick, add a little of the pasta water to it when the pasta is nearly done. Stir in the remaining EVOO. Drain the pasta, and dress with the sauce. Enjoy immediately.