Chicken and Cashew Salad ReciMeal

ReciMeals are designed to be complete meals that need only be accompanied by a beverage, and sometimes a side salad or slice of bread. A ReciMeal provides significant amounts of at least three of the five MyPyramid food groups: about 1/2 cup of fruits, 1/2 cup of vegetables, 1 ounce equivalent of grain foods, 2 ounces or the equivalent of lean meat or beans or 1 cup or the equivalent of milk per recipe serving. The longest step in this recipe is bringing the pasta water to a boil. After that it will fall together like clockwork, and the results are nothing short of spectacular – brilliant color, vibrant flavor and enticing textures. And protein-rich canned chicken is already cooked in the can!

Chicken and Cashew Salad ReciMeal
Chicken and Cashew Salad ReciMeal

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SERVINGS

6

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SERVINGS

6

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Ingredients

  • 2

    cups uncooked rotini

  • 1

    cup pea pods, cut in 1-inch pieces

  • 2

    cans (10 ounces each) premium chunk breast of chicken, drained and flaked

  • 1

    can (5 ounces) water chestnuts, drained

  • 1/2

    small red bell pepper, cut in 1-inch pieces

  • 1/2

    cup chopped red onion

  • 1/2

    cup shredded carrots

  • 1

    cup light mayonnaise or salad dressing

  • 1/2

    cup packed brown sugar

  • 1

    tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1/4

    teaspoon salt

  • 1/2

    cup roasted, unsalted cashews

Directions

Preparation Time: Approximately 15 minutes Cook Time: Approximately 10 minutes Preparation: Prepare pasta according to package directions, adding pea pods during last 30 seconds of cooking. Drain and cool pasta and pea pods. In a large bowl, combine pasta and pea pods with chicken, water chestnuts, bell pepper, onion and carrots. Combine mayonnaise, brown sugar, vinegar and salt; toss with salad. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Just before serving, fold in cashews. Servings: 6 Nutritional Information Per Serving: Calories 490; Total fat 21g; Saturated fat 4g; Cholesterol 50mg; Sodium 890mg; Carbohydrate 55g; Fiber 3g; Protein 24g; Vitamin A 35%DV*; Vitamin C 45%DV; Calcium 4%DV; Iron 15%DV Per serving, this dish provides from MyPyramid: About 1/2 cup Vegetable Group; 1 ounces Grains Group; 3 1/2 ounces Meat and Beans Group *Daily Value

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