Chicken Parmeggiana

This is a nice dish perfect for a nice sunny lunch. Fresh tomatoes, eggplant, mozzarella cheese and chicken breast enriched with Omega-3 is all you need to make this wholesome meal. Are you getting enough Omega-3?chickenparmiggiana_x300

Ingredients
(serves 2)

400 grams Omega 3 enriched chicken breast – filleted and cut in 6 pieces
1 small aubergine
basil leaves
tomato passata
1 fresh mozzarella ball – drained and sliced
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Method

Cut the aubergine lengthways, brush with oil and grill. Set aside.

On a hot griddle pan, grill the chicken pieces for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side.

Start off with a larger piece of chicken and layer with a tablespoon of passata, then a slice of cooked aubergine, the basil leaves and then the mozzarella. Place another piece of chicken and layer as before, and then a smaller piece of chicken and finish with a slice of mozzarella and grated Parmesan on top. Repeat with the remaining pieces and cook until golden in a hot oven or under a grill.

This recipe appeared in issue 9 of ‘the foodie’. For more recipes feel free to visit www.thefoodie.com.mt.


Are you getting enough Omega-3?

Omega-3 is the name given to a family of, “good” fats – unsaturated fatty acids found mainly in oily fish, such as salmon, herring, sardines and anchovies, and also in eggs, meat, milk and cheese.  The Omega-3 is a nutrient that is not only beneficial for health but essential in the diet.

The naturally occurring acids of the Omega-3 family can apparently boost our brain power, keep our hearts healthy, strengthen our bones and much more. You can ingest the fatty acids by eating a lot of the right kind of fish or meat or by taking supplements.

Over the past 10 years, about 12,500 scientific studies on the benefits of Omega-3 have been published, both reflecting and reinforcing the fashion for consuming this apparent super-food.  Some of the key research undertaken in the USA and Europe shows that Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and may help lower risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Omega-3 fatty acids are highly concentrated in the brain and appear to be important for cognitive (brain memory and performance) and behavioral function. Symptoms of Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency include fatigue, poor memory, dry skin, heart problems, mood swings or depression, and poor circulation.

Clearly there are health benefits to be had from ensuring a well-balanced diet and by luck the traditional Mediterranean diet strikes a good balance between Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Many studies have shown that people who follow what is considered to be a Mediterranean diet are less likely to develop heart disease.  The Mediterranean diet emphasizes foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, including whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil, garlic, as well as moderate wine consumption. 

Through advances made in farming and agriculture, livestock raised on enriched feeds to stimulate the levels of Omega-3 are increasingly common and therefore it is easier than ever to make sure you and your family enjoys an Omega – 3 rich diet on a daily basis through products and basic ingredients including eggs, chicken and fish. 

For more information on Omega-3, we recommend a visit to www.richinomega3.com

At Arkadia Foodstore we are proud to have sourced products that contribute to supporting a healthy lifestyle and fresh, Omega-3 rich chicken can be found at our Butcher Counter, a wide selection of fresh fish is available daily and our locally sourced eggs provides you with a choice of options.