Food Stories - Vegetables: Episode I
Hey guys, I had a great breakfast today with plenty of the most delicious in-season fruit I ever tasted. I'm really in great shape now and ready to do something special for you. You're all invited to dinner at my place. I found some great recipes I want to try.
Leek That's cool but remember that I'll have a basketball match tomorrow and need to eat good food if I want to perform well! Eating vegetables is extremely good for your body. They contain a lot of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fibres that you need everyday. And that's not all!
Carrot Gosh, you really can't get sick before your match. You will need plenty of all these things. Did you know that you should give your body the right amount of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients every day?
Mushroom Well, veggies are definitely a smart choice and there are so many to choose from. I love filling half my plate with veggies at each meal. Did you know that vegetable and fruit come in different colours and have different amounts of nutrients? We can separate them in 5 groups: green, yellow-orange, red, blue-purple and white. So, we should eat a variety of fruit and vegetables.
Radish Really? Let's try to have colourful plates everyday!
Mushroom Garlic, onions, asparagus, artichoke, chicory and chives are all white veggies like me! :-)
Radish … Aubergine, purple asparagus, purple cabbage, purple carrots, purple Belgian chicory and purple peppers are some of my best blue-purple friends!
Carrot My yellow-orange group is made up by yummy guys such as myself, pumpkins, yellow peppers and the acorn and winter squashes. Try them…
Leek … I'm sure you have met already the green group. It includes broccoli, lettuce, peas, spinach and courgettes. We are really tasty and you should eat us regularly!
Tomato And the red ones - with our fire-like colour - we're pretty easy to spot … radishes, red peppers and radicchio are all red veggies like me.
Radish Ok, ok we are all so cool but what about tonight's dinner? All this talk of food is making me hungry!
Tomato Hey don't worry! You won't be disappointed by my recipes. Here there are a couple of them! And I promise that you're going to beg for it! ;)
Yummy fettuccine with sweet peppers & pine nuts
- Uncooked fettuccine or other fresh pasta (preferably wholegrain), refer to the package for the quantity to cook according to the number of friends
- Maximum 1 tablespoon per person extra-virgin olive oil
- large coarsely chopped cloves garlic
- 1 large sweet yellow pepper, cored, seeded and cut into small pieces
- 1 large sweet red pepper, cored, seeded and cut into small pieces
- 1 large sweet orange pepper, cored, seeded and cut into small pieces
- (1/2 cup) pine nuts
- (1/2 (cup) fresh parsley or basil leaves, chopped
- (1/2 (cup) black olives, pitted and halved
- (1/4 (cup) capers, drained
- a pinch of salt
- a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
Cook the pasta according to package directions and stop while it is still firm; drain and return to pan to keep warm.
In a large, heavy skillet heat the olive oil. Add garlic and peppers (yellow, red & orange), and cook for 10 minutes, keep stirring. Add pine nuts and cook approximately for 4 minutes or until they turn golden brown. Gradually stir in basil or parsley. Add olives and capers and heat gently. Add salt and pepper.
In a serving bowl, toss the sauce mixture with the prepared pasta and enjoy!!
Since 2001, in France, the school of Le Bosc distribues fruits and vegetables during the recreation.
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Around every corner there is an expert ready to tell us what we can and cannot eat, how we should lead our lives, and what is good for us and what is not.