My mil stewed a big pot of chicken with sweet chestnuts and mushrooms yesterday. I can never get fed up with this dish and it’s my all-time favorite. She uses fresh chestnuts, not the pre-peeled or dried ones coz fresh chestnuts taste better.
Since it takes a long time for the chestnuts and mushrooms to become soft, she put these 2 items into a crockpot and cooked them on high heat for several hours in the morning. This way, she does not have to stew the chicken for hours just to soften the mushrooms and chestnuts later in the evening.
Food For Thought…
Chestnuts are extremely good for you and are the only nuts allowed on the Pritikin Diet. They are a unique fresh product which has one great advantage – they are clean and healthy.
Chestnuts also have the Heart Foundation tick of approval.
Chestnuts, in contrast to most other nuts, contain only small quantities of fat and oil and are very high in complex carbohydrates. This makes them useful for a wider food range than other common ‘oily’ type nuts.
Chestnuts have quite a remarkable nutritional composition that sets them apart from all other nuts and makes them an outstanding food source which can be a dietary staple. Chestnuts are made up of primarily complex carbohydrate and have a low glycemic index (GI). They are low in protein, very low in fat, and are cholesterol free. They contain reasonable quantities of vitamin C and potassium, but have very low sodium levels. They are gluten free.
The protein is of very high quality, comparable with eggs, and is easily assimilated by the human body.
Chestnuts contain no cholesterol and are low in sodium, fat and kilojoules. They are rich in mineral salts and a good source of vitamins C, B1 and B2 and folates. An average 30g serve provides only 200 kilojoules.