Time 15 min.
This dish boasts three brain boosters: omega-3 fatty acids, folate and fiber. Recent studies suggest that eating fish, nuts, whole grains and fresh produce as part of a Mediterranean diet can boost your cognitive ability—how your brain processes and remembers information—and may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
- 1 (12 ounce) package whole-wheat bow-tie pasta
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp grated Parmesan
- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 1 cup pasta cooking water, reserved
- Boil a large pot of water. Cook pasta according to package instructions.
- Heat oil in a skillet and cook asparagus 2 minutes. Stir in salt, walnuts and cumin and cook 1 minute more.
- Add pasta to skillet and turn off heat. Add Parmesan, pepper and pasta cooking water (1 Tbsp at a time), if needed.
Nutrition Per Serving: 359 calories, 12 g protein, 47 g carbohydrates, 7 g fiber, 17 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 469 mg sodium