Thursday, 27 January 2011

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Pasta with Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:
- 1 cube of frozen homemade tomato sauce
- 1 small palm size container of cooked frozen whole-wheat pasta

Directions:
1. Thaw the tomato sauce cube and frozen pasta the night before in the fridge.

2. Next morning, mix them together and put back into the container.
3. Pack it together with the other food in the bento lunch pack or eat it on its own for lunch.

Nutritional Value:
Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of molybdenum, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, chromium, and vitamin B1. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, copper, niacin, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin E and protein. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants.

Tomatoes have been shown to be helpful in reducing the risk of colon and prostate cancer, and reduce bad cholesterol levels.

Tomatoes and broccoli-two vegetables separately recognized for their cancer-fighting capabilities-are even more successful against prostate cancer when working as a team in the daily diet, shows a study published in Cancer Research.

In addition, tomatoes are a very good source of fiber, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar levels from getting too high, and help prevent colon cancer. A cup of fresh tomato will provide you with 57.3% of the daily value for vitamin C, plus 22.4% of the DV for vitamin A, and 7.9% of the DV for fiber.

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Additional Information:
I batch make the tomato sauce, pour it into ice-cube trays and freeze them. They can keep for 8 weeks in the freezer. I use it to include into J's bentolunch pack. The pasta container comes back empty most of the time.
This is a very simple dish, nothing fanciful. J has been trained to eat simple food. J eats this dish cold, as the daycare does not warm the food for the children.

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