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Healthy Cheap Recipe: Hawaiian Tuna Pasta Salad
Cheap And Healthy Recipe
Cold pasta salad dishes make great Summer meals. They don't require a lot of cooking; therefore the kitchen stays cooler and the electricity bill a bit lower. Try my budget friendly recipe for Hawaiian tuna pasta salad. It's my favorite recipe for serving up a cold pasta salad dish on a hot Summer day. Not only is this recipe budget friendly, it's quick and easy to make.
There is no need to compromise nutrition when cutting cost. The ingredients in my Hawaiian pasta salad are backed by solid food science research as being really nutritious. I have listed nutritional information after the recipe for most of the ingredients along with some the the health benefits that can be expected when eaten often.
I often serve this dish alone, or sometimes when I get the urge for a bit of warm, comforting food I may add boiled corn on the cob and fresh warm rolls to the meal. Give cold Hawaiian tuna pasta salad a try!
- 1- 12 ounce can Tuna packed in water, Drained
- 1-16 ounce package Bow tie pasta
- 2 cups Green and orange bell pepper, Diced
- 1- cup Celery, chopped
- 2-cups Pineapple, fresh or canned, chopped
- 2- cups Tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 cup Salad dressing or mayonaise
- 1 teaspoon Curry
How To Make Tuna Pasta Salad
- Boil pasta. Drain and cool
- Chop peppers, celery, tomatoes and pineapple
- Add chopped fruit and vegetables to cooled pasta
- Add the can of drained tuna
- Stir curry into the salad dressing
- Toss all ingredients together with the salad dressing
- Dust with ground pepper corns
- Serve on a bed of chilled crisp lettuce
Borrow a little spice from India for this dish. Both animal and human studies found that Curry improves brain function. People in India who eat a lot of curry dishes have a lower rate of Alzheimer's by 4 times than those in the U.S.
Turmeric, one of the spices in curry, helps relieve arthritic related joint swelling .
One animal study found that the cur-cumin in curry helps to prevent the development and spread of breast cancer.
Pineapple is known to help prevent several health problems. It is loaded with vitamins A and C, calcium phosphorus and potassium, all essential vitamins and minerals for good health.
The beta carotene in pineapple helps prevent macular degeneration, a condition that leads to blindness.
Pineapple is known to help relieve carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis and gout.
The bromeliads in pineapple help to maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Tuna is an excellent source of Omega 3s which are proven to help in the prevention of stroke and heart attack.
The Omega 3s in tuna are also important in the prevention of certain joint and skin ailments.
There is also some research that tuna helps lower the risk for Alzheimer's disease.
Tomatoes are very high in vitamins A and C, antioxidants that help fight cancers.
The lycopene in tomatoes helps protect skin from ultra violent rays, therefore reducing the chance of developing skin cancer.
Tomatoes contain an antioxidant called zeaxanthin that works to help eyes healthy, reducing the risk of eye diseases.
Surprisingly, celery has a high amount of vitamin C to help give the immune system a boost.
Celery may have anti-inflammatory agents that can help ailments associated with inflammation such as arthritis.
Celery has a diuretic effect, helping to flush excessive fluids from the body. this diuretic effect can aid in the control of hypertension.
Celery is low in calories and high in healthy fiber.
- Bell Peppers
Bell peppers contain vitamin C and beta carotene and helps protect against cataracts.
Along with the vitamin C, Bell peppers also contain capsaicin and flavinoids that have been shown to reduce cholesterol and reduce the formation of blood clots, thereby reducing the chance of strokes or heart attacks.