Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Arthritis-Friendly Recipe: Chilli and Garlic Crab Pasta

One of the classic combinations, slightly sweet crab offset by the heat and tang of the garlic and chilli; this makes for an addictive dinner. Luckily, it's incredibly quick to prepare from storecupboard ingredients, even if you are cooking with arthritis.

If you have trouble with your hands, I really recommend getting yourself some dried chilli flakes, dried garlic and some of the those tubes or jars of ready crushed garlic. The flavour isn't quite the same and you will need a little more for the same 'hit' but they are incredibly useful for spicing up your food without the 'ouch' factor of chopping and crushing.

Ingredients:
2 gloves garlic crushed (or 2 tsp garlic paste)
1 red chilli chopped (or use 1 tsp dried chilli flakes)
Small glass of white wine (optional)
100 grams of canned or fresh white crabmeat
150 grams angel hair pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 large handfuls of rocket
Squeeze of lemon (optional)
Salt and black pepper

Serves 2

Cook the pasta and drain. Coat with one tablespoon of the oil and set aside.

In a frying pan, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil and add the chilli and garlic. Cook for about one minute on a medium heat. Add in the crab meat and white wine (if using). Stir and let everything bubble for a moment. Tip the mixture onto the pasta and mix through.

Season to taste and add lemon juice (if using). Toss in the handfuls of rocket and serve.


Arthritis diet notes:
Crab is a great healthy choice for dinner. It is rich in selenium, zinc and vitamin B12 and also a good source of omega three fatty acids.

This dish contains also contains a  healthy 'hit' of red chilli.Scientists have been investigating for a while now whether the capsaicin in chillis could be harnessed to help tackle arthritis pain.  The chemical is already used in topical creams for relieving osteoarthritis and nerve pain but there is also ongoing research into whether capaiscin could be used orally as an alternative anti-inflammatory treatment. 

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