Courgette, Lemon and Pea Pasta

This is such a quick and simple dish and great for using up those few lasagne sheets lurking in your cupboard.

Nutritional Benefits:
Wholewheat pasta like wholemeal bread and flour contains more B vitamins (important for a healthy nervous system) minerals such as copper, selenium, magnesium and manganese as well as insoluble fibre (fibre in the diet can help to lower blood sugar and blood cholesterol levels as well as maintaining a health digestive system) The refining process needed to make white pasta, flour and bread removes most of these valuable nutrients which is why we always prefer to use these foods. It is a complex carbohydrate food which releases energy slowly (unlike refined carbohydrates like pastries, cakes, white bread/pasta, sugar and sugary drinks). Because they take longer to digest, they keep you fuller for longer.

Peas are a source of protein (important for building, maintaining and repairing all cells) and like all vegetables, soluble fibre. They also contain B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, and a variety of minerals, including phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, potassium, and iron.

Courgettes like other squashes are diuretics and their potassium content benefits those with high blood pressure. They are also a source of immune system boosting vitamin C as well as soluble fibre – essential for good digestion and helping to stabilise blood sugar.

Cheese is an excellent source of protein, vitamin D, calcium (needed for strong bones) as well as other various vitamins and minerals. There is still a lot of conflicting advice on eating saturated fats in dairy foods but recent research has shown that the fatty acids in dairy foods help lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise the good HDL cholesterol and may protect against developing type 2 diabetes. Like many foods, they should not be eaten in vast amounts but certainly as part of a healthy diet.