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Thursday, June 13, 2013 N/Warren Town and County News Page Eleven Norwalk 6th Grade Leisure Day Friday, May 24, the Norwall Middle School 6th grade students went to Annett Nature Center to participate in Leisure Day. The purpose of Leisure Day is to involve students in a full day of leisure activities which extend the curricula beyond the school setting and allow them to experience activities they might otherwise never have the chance to try. Students rotated to different stations throughout the day. These stations included: Fishing, Canoeing, Science and Nature, Yard Games (ladder golf and bean bag throw), Arts and Crafts. Students took the nature hikes. Students learned how to make their own bracelets. Students went canoeing. Photos submitted. Students made various craft items. iiiii i ..... ........... ~i?~!i~i~iiiiii!iiiiiiiiiiiiii~i!i~iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!i!i!i~i~i~i~i~i:i~i~i~i~i~i~i~iii!!!~ .... Students enjoyed fishing. Students played outdoor games ' Power Up Your Pasta Dishes (NAPS)--Pasta, a well- loved comfort food, is quick, easy to cook and tastes good. The trick to creating pasta dishes with great flavor that are still healthy is to keep portions small and incorpo- rate other nutrient-packed ingredients. While we all have our go. to pasta recipes, there are a number of simple tips and swap-outs that can help make these dishes better for you. The next time you're cre- ating a pasta dish, try these ideas: Use whole-wheat pasta--whole grains are an important component of a ' healthy diet Incorporate lean pro- tein--add grilled chicken, fish or turkey to increase the dish's protein content Pile on the fruits and veggies---they add a great texture to pasta and give the dish a nutritional boost Pair pasta with broth or vegetable-based sauces --these sauces tend to be lower in saturated fat than those that are cream-based This recipe for Chicken Fajita Pasta with Hass Avocado works to incorporate all of these tips. The inclu- sion of avocados in this dish offers an unexpected twist and increases the meal's nutritional benefits. In fact, one ounce of avocado has 50 calories and contributes "good fats" and nearly 20 ben- eficial vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients to one's diet. It's the avocado's creamy tex- tttre and delicious flavor, how- ever, that really helps marry the Latin flavors of this dish A colorful combination of pasta, chicken, vegetables and avocados is an easy way to serve up a nutritious and delicious meal. with the traditionally Italian this fi it's versatility. Chicken Fajita Pasta with Hass Avocado Serves: 4 Ingredients 1 (16-oz.) package whole- wheat fettuccini 4 tsp. canola off, divided 2 tsp. ground cumin, divided 1 tsp. c~shed red pepper flakes, divided 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 1 red boll pepper, membrane and seeds removed, and thinly sliced 1 yellow bell pepper, membrane and seeds removed, and thinly sliced 1 green bell pepper, membrane and seeds removed, and thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 (6-oz.) boneless and skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced 2 limes, juiced 1 Tbsp. chopped oregano '/8 cup chopped cilantro Salt and pepper, to taste 1 ripe, fresh Hass avocado, seeded, peeled and diced Instructions 1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add fettuccini and cook according to package directions. Drain and cover to keep warm. 2. Place half the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Stir in half the cumin and crushed red pepper. Add onions and cook until soi~ and just beginning to bmwr about 4 minutes. 3. Add peppers and garlic and cook for an additional 4 minutes. Place mixture in a bowl and cover to keep warm. 4.Add remaining oil, cumin and crushed red pep- per to skillet and place on medium heat. 5. Add chicken and cook until lightly golden, about 5 minutes. Return onion mix- ture to skillet along with lime juice, oregano and cilantro. Stir to combine. Remove f~om heat and season with salt and pepper. 6. Add avocado and gently stir h to chicken m mm. Serve over whole-wheat fettuccini. Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 790; Total Fat 18g (Sat 2.5 g, Trans O g, Poly 3 g, Mono 8.5 g); Cholesterol 110 rag; Total Carbohydrates 96 g; Dietary Fiber 8 g; Protein 56 g Note: Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A a a Ioav ae a 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados, adjust the quantity accordingly. For other delicious recipes that fit a healthy lifestyle, visit the Haas Avocado Board Web site at avocadocentral.com.