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Pasta with Lemon Zest and Olives

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    This light, lemon zesty pasta can be served as a vegetarian entrée. Sprinkle each serving with 2 Tbsp (30 mL) walnuts; or skip the nuts, go carnivore, and serve it with grilled chicken or salmon.

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    2 cups (500 mL) cooked whole grain pasta (approx. 4 oz [125] uncooked)
    1 large leek, sliced, white part only
    1 cup shallots, sliced (see below)
    Zest of 1 lemon (approx. 1 Tbsp [15])
    1/4 cup (60 mL) fresh lemon juice
    2 tsp (10 mL) extra-virgin olive oil
    8 olives, pitted and finely chopped
    1/4 to 1/2 tsp (1 to 2 mL) red pepper flakes

    Cook pasta according to the package directions.

    Prep veggies: slice cleaned leeks into 1/4 in (5 mm) slices. Cut shallots in half and thinly slice into 1/4 in (5 mm) slices.

    Zest lemon and set aside. Roll lemon on counter to get the most juice possible, cut in half, and squeeze out juice. If it’s a large lemon you’ll get the 1/4 cup (60 mL) that you need; if not, squeeze another half lemon.

    Heat large frying pan over medium heat; add oil, leeks, and shallots; and sauté for 3 minutes.

    Add olives and red pepper flakes, and sauté for 1 minute. Add lemon juice and zest; stir to heat. Divide mixture equally over 4 servings of cooked pasta. Serves 4.

    Each serving contains:
    214 calories; 6 g protein; 5 g total fat (0.5 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 41 g carbohydrates; 3.6 g fibre; 95 mg sodium


    Pasta portions

    What the heck does 1/4 lb (125 g) of uncooked pasta look like? It’s one-third of a 375 g box of pasta.

    Shallot servings

    What does 1 cup (250 mL) of sliced shallots look like? It looks like a lot of shallots. Buy 10 small ones, 4 French shallots, or 2 large ones, and start slicing.

    source: "Salad Days", from alive #319, May 2009

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