Simple recipes such as this are great at helping reduce food waste. Having leftovers of paella last night, I thought I would use this as a base to make arancini, typically made with leftover risotto, filled with gooey mozzarella then deep fried until golden.
Nothing wrong with that, but I just love the sharp taste of mature cheddar and not owning a deep fryer (the smell….the need to dispose of the oil….just no!), I simply decided to oven bake these and adapt!
This recipe contains the same ingredients as the paella, so has the same benefits.
Tomatoes contain vitamins C and E, anticancer properties and may ease symptoms of asthma. Adding fat (as in rapeseed or olive oil) boosts the absorption of the valuable antioxidant lycopene and vitamins further.
Onions contain vitamin C and compounds which have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, help to lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart disease as well as regulating insulin response (insulin resistance is often a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes).
Chickpeas are full of fibre (essential for good digestive health and helps to lower blood cholesterol), protein (helps in cell repair) folate, potassium and magnesium (helps to protect against heart disease).
Peppers are a rich source of vitamin C (for healthy cells and to absorb iron), E (for healthy cells and circulation) and B6 and again have anti-cancer properties.
The sulphur compounds in garlic which create its odour also offer many health benefits from minimising the risk of heart disease, certain cancers (colon, stomach and prostrate), can help to prevent stomach ulcers and is a natural antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal food.
Peas, green beans, and beans are all legumes with a high protein content essential for all structures in the body to rebuild itself. They contain B vitamins to unlock energy from food and a healthy blood and immune system, vitamin C; helping to absorb iron, create healthy skin, teeth and bones and immune system, vitamin K; used by the body to form blood clots and help wounds heal and like all vegetables are full of soluble fibre. Soluble fibre helps to control and lower blood cholesterol, prevent strokes and heart disease.
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