This fresh herbed chunky tomato sauce is chock full of flavour and is the perfect accompaniment to the silky shaved zucchini ribbons.
6 ripe tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp (40 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) finely minced onion
1 large garlic clove, finely minced
3 tsp (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped fresh basil
2 tsp (10 ml) minced fresh oregano
Generous pinch of crushed red capsicums
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Zucchini Pasta Ribbons
4 - 20 cm green zucchinis
1 1/2 Tbsp (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
3 tsp (15 ml) minced Italian parsley
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup (125 ml) soaked pine nuts
1/3 cup (80 ml) shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup (60 ml) pitted and chopped kalamata olives
Coarsely chop tomatoes and place in blender or food processor with oil, onion, garlic, lemon juice, herbs and seasonings. Pulse on and off just until mixed together but still chunky. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Peel zucchinis and thinly slice lengthwise into ribbons using mandoline or potato peeler. Place in large bowl and drizzle with oil. Gently massage into zucchini. Toss with parsley, salt and pepper.
Arrange several ribbons on each serving plate and dot with chunky tomato sauce. Sprinkle with pine nuts, Parmesan and chopped olives.
Each serving contains: 1767 kilojoules; 9 g protein; 37 g total fat (6 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 19 g carbohydrates (7 g sugars, 7 g fibre); 291 mg sodium
How to soak pine nuts
Dissolve 2 tsp (10 ml) sea salt in 4 cups (1 L) distilled water. Soak nuts in salted water at room temperature for at least 7 hours or overnight. Drain well and blot dry.
source: "Delicious Raw Foods", alive Australia #17, Spring 2013
Inspired by the flavours of Vietnamese-style summer rolls, this satisfying dinner is built around a marinated flank steak that will stretch to feed a crowd. Marinating flank steak over several hours tenderizes a cut that starts out tougher than some others but can’t be beat for flavour. The marinade flavours of lemon grass, lime, mint, cilantro, and red chilies shine through and are topped off with a spicy mango dressing. Those enjoying this board can choose to eat salad-style or make lettuce wraps filled with slices of beef and a host of crunchy vegetables. Party perfect If you don’t have a board big enough to accommodate everything, split items between two smaller boards. If you’re serving over a few hours, you can also keep some of the ingredients back from the board, in the refrigerator. This will help you keep the board replenished and looking good as stocks are depleted. Leftover sauce makes a great marinade for coleslaw.
Give veggies and dip a punch of protein with this savoury white bean dip. Roasted garlic gives this dip a mellow but rich flavour. The vegetables can be changed up according to the season, but don’t skip the beautiful Belgian endives. Their slightly bitter flavour makes an excellent contrast to the slightly sweet dip, and they work as a built-in scoop. Make-ahead dip This is a great dip for making in advance. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. However, before serving, allow it to come up to room temperature. This will accentuate the rich flavour.
Arranging salads on a board is a great way to let people choose what they like and build their own bowls according to their tastes. Family and friends can arrange a super hearty grain bowl salad using the protein-packed, iron- and vitamin D-rich ingredients on this board. This salad board takes its cues from a classic Niçoise salad but leans on Asian ingredients and flavour inspirations. Jammy eggs For perfect “jammy” eggs, bring a pot of water to boil. Using slotted spoon, gently submerge eggs, cover, and set timer for 6 1/2 minutes. While eggs are boiling, fill medium-sized bowl with cold water and ice. The minute the time has elapsed, using slotted spoon, remove eggs and place in ice bath. Allow to cool for 3 minutes before serving.
This sweet and savoury brunch board has something for everyone and is tied together by go-anywhere, do-anything buckwheat pancakes flavoured with caraway seeds. These hearty little beauties make a great base for smoked salmon and a creamy caper and chive sauce. Those who fall firmly on the sweet side of things will be equally delighted when their pancakes are piled high with berries or bananas. Serving up Provide plenty of utensils for serving and plates and cutlery for eating to encourage guests to make up their own plates—forks or small tongs for pancakes or smoked salmon, spoons for serving up berries, and small dishes or ramekins (with spoons) for sauce and smaller items such as hempseeds.