Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chicken Penne Pasta Salad with Tomato Pesto Sauce

I have heard of debit or credit card fraud, how some unlucky lot have fallen prey to this vicious crime and lost their hard-earned money to fraudsters, but this is the first time me and my husband have experienced this sort of a thing. Yesterday my husband received an alert for a purchase worth $300 that he has not made and guess what, the transaction was not attempted online. The perpetrator made a counterfeit card using the debit card details of my hubby and tried to put it to use. Thanks to the almighty, the bank waits for 48 hours before allowing a transaction pass through the gateway and in case of card being used in another state than where the cardholder stays, it asks for some mandatory security questions to verify the authenticity because of which we could stall the fraudulent transaction on time.
Now I am amazed at the brazenness of the perpetrator in making a counterfeit copy of the original card and trying to use it, I mean, can't we expect a minimum security to be ensured to us in terms of our card being secured with a unique number so that any duplicate or simulation of the same will immediately be identified when swiped in for action? So long as no concrete device comes into picture providing full-proof protection to us, the liability is on our shoulder, to a great extent, to secure us from the swindling of our money earned through backbreaking efforts. The below article putting light on how to use your cards with caution furnishes quite useful information, especially I, having come from a foreign country, have found the note very helpful.
Back to the recipe, just as I promised, in order to promote healthy eating I will post recipes of soup and salad throughout this week to encourage my readers for incorporating a healthy eating habit into their life style, the recipe of Penne Pasta Salad makes another valuable entry to the purpose. Penne Pasta and Tomato Pesto make an attractive combination, and with few chunks of chicken thrown into it, the salad gets to an ultimate level of pleasure. If you wish, you may spike up the flavor tossing few spoonfuls of grated parmesan cheese.

Ingredients:                                                    Preparation time: 20 minutes
ü  300 gm penne pasta
ü  1 boneless chicken breast (boiled and shredded)
ü  Black pepper, taste wise
ü  Salt to taste
ü  Few stalks of fresh parsley leaves (chopped)
ü  3/4 cup of tomato pesto sauce
For tomato pesto sauce:
ü  2 tomatoes
ü  2 tbsp basil leaves herb blend or 1 cup of fresh basil leaves (chopped)
ü  1/2 cup of parsley leaves
ü  Salt to taste
ü  1 tbsp olive oil
ü  2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
ü  2 tsp lemon juice
ü  2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese or more, according to your craving
1) Cook penne pasta in microwave or stove top following the instructions written on the backside of the pasta package. Keep aside when done.
2) Meanwhile, combine all the ingredients for tomato pesto sauce and blend into smooth paste using a mixer grinder or a blender.
3) Pour the tomato pesto sauce on penne pasta and mix in. Add chicken, salt, black pepper and chopped fresh parsley leaves. Combine everything together and serve.

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