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Garden Pasta: Recipe for musculoskeletal system

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Healthyeating-31 1 2015

THE musculoskeletal is made up of cartilage, muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments in a human body. It is made up of the bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissue that support and bind tissues and organs together. 

  Musculoskeletal system provides form, support, stability and movement to the body, and protects vital organs. For the musculoskeletal system to function effectively, it is important to carefully select the foods we eat. One of many foods that can be taken to help maintain a healthy musculoskeletal system is garden pasta.  

  This nutritious food has pasta (macaroni) and varieties of vegetable as its basic ingredients. The combination of pasta and vegetables is especially recommended for the musculoskeletal system because it supplies essential nutrients such as carbohydrate, iron, vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, C, E, and protein that help muscles to carry out their function effectively. 

  Vegetables in this dish have an alkalising effect, which favour the absorption and fixation of calcium in the bones for strong and healthy bones. Those that want to prevent cancer can also benefit from this meal because of the antioxidant and high fibre content of the dish. 

Ingredients            Quantities

Marcaroni                250g

Green beans             150g

Peas                          150g

Carrots                      3 medium size

Sweet green pepper  1 medium size

Tomatoes                  2 medium size

Onion                        1 medium bulb

Olive oil                    4 tablespoonsSeasoning cubes        2

Salt                            to taste

Method of preparation

Wash and chop the green beans and carrots.

Peel the onions and chop it fine.

Wash the pepper and cut it into strips

Wash, peel and crush the tomatoes.

Boil the green beans, the carrots and the peas in a litre of water for 20 minutes or until tender.

Boil macaroni for 15 minutes in a litre of water.

Drain when it is firm to bite.

Heat the oil in frying pan, and sauté the onion and the pepper.

When golden, add the crushed tomato, seasoning cubes and sauté for an additional 5 minutes.

Add the cooked vegetables and salt.

Cook on low fire for 10 minutes with the lid on.

Mix with macaroni.

Serve hot or cold as a salad.

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