Monthly Archives: April 2015

Chicken, Chorizo, Pumpkin, Basil Pesto Pasta

Pasta is a great week night meal, because it’s so easy, cheap, filling and there’s nearly always leftovers for lunch the next day. Pasta is so versatile and even the most inexperienced cooks can make it. This particular pasta is using Wattle Valley’s Fresh Basil with cashew & Parmesan. For that reason alone it makes it so easy. Wattle Valley dips make a great base and there are so many to choose from. Today I’m making pasta with chicken fillets or thigh, one Chorizo sausage chopped into small pieces, pumpkin pieces and the chunky dip.

Using Wattle Valley chunky dip

I love spiral pasta, especially when using these kind of sauces, as they tend to hang onto the sauce particles better, unfortunately when I went to the cupboard the cupboard was bare. I know people think that blogs are written purely for show and although there is an element of truth in that, we also eat everything I cook. So, being the queen of improvisation, I used what I had. It still works fine though.

Chicken, Chorizo, Pumpkin, Basil Pesto Pasta

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This is a easy week night meal, its filling, delicious, and inexpensive.
Author: Anita South
Recipe type: Pasta
Cuisine: Easy, week night meal
Serves: 4
  • 500g Chicken thigh or fillet or combo of both
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pkt Wattle Valley fresh basil with cashew & Parmesan dip
  • 1 Chorizo Sausage, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup of diced pumpkin [uniform size]
  • 60 mls of cream
  • ¼ cup water from pasta
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  • fresh basil leaves
  • 300g of dried pasta
  1. Cook the pasta till al dente, drain pasta and reserve some of the water ½ to ¼ of a cup.
  2. While pasta is cooking, Fry the onion first for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add the chicken, pumpkin and chorizo and cook till nicely browned and pumpkin is soft.
  4. Stir the Wattle Valley chunky dip into the pasta first and incorporate well, then add the cream, stir again.
  5. Add the meat and other ingredients to the pasta and mix in, add the water from the pasta, this helps combine and add a little extra moisture.
  6. Serve hot with grated Parmesan cheese, and chopped fresh basil
This serves 4, but if cooking for 6 to 8, you might need 2 Wattle valley chunky dips.

Wattle Valley chunky dips

This post has been sponsored by Wattle Vally, so A BIG THANK YOU for the merchandise.

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Article originally published on A blended life blog: About Anita, the owner of the blog: “I am a mother of two teenage boys, I’m an Operating Theater Nurse, I work part-time, I love gardening, cooking, creating, having a giggle, recycling and have a lot of fun doing it. I’m here to inspire you to cook and create, plant & forage, from garden to kitchen. Join me in my journey of creating a better life…and thanks for stopping by to read my blog. Please grab a beverage and stay awhile, or come back and visit real soon.”

Nootropics: Different Types for Brain Health

As much as everyone wants to have something to use to pass the most difficult test without the pressure of studying, memorizing, and learning the lessons, this is not what nootropics is all about. You will never find a pill that you can take and expect to pass a test without exerting efforts in studying. The nootropics are supplements for the brain. It is not magic that will turn you into a geek in an instant. By doing your part to study, learn, and understand your lessons, the nootropics will also help increase your cognitive abilities so you would easily understand and remember what you are studying.

Different Types of Nootropics

For people who are considering the benefits of the nootropics, it will be helpful if you will understand and know the different types of nootropics already available in the market today.

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