When cut into spaghetti-like noodles, zucchini becomes delightfully tender and an exciting substitute for more calorie dense spaghetti. But this dish has plenty of volume and dietary fibre, so you’ll still feel plenty satisfied.
4 tsp (20 mL) grapeseed oil or camelina oil, divided 1 large eggplant, cut into 1/2 in (1.25 cm) pieces 3/4 lb (375 g) lean ground chicken 1 small yellow onion, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 red or orange bell pepper, diced 1 chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce, minced 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground black pepper 1 - 26 oz (739 mL) jar no-salt-added pasta sauce 1 Tbsp (15 mL) finely chopped fresh oregano 4 medium zucchinis, cut into thin strands* Parmesan, for garnish
Heat 2 tsp oil (10 mL) in large skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove eggplant from heat and set aside.
Heat remaining oil in pan and add chicken, onion, and garlic. Cook until chicken is no longer pink and onion has softened, about 7 minutes. Add bell pepper, chipotle chili, salt, and pepper; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in pasta sauce, oregano, and eggplant, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Divide zucchini strands among serving plates and top with eggplant sauce. Garnish with grated Parmesan if desired.
* Tip: There are a few ways you can create your zucchini noodles. Although using a dedicated vegetable spiralizer is the best option, you can use a serrated vegetable peeler, a regular peeler, or mandoline to create wide ribbons and then slice these into thin strands. Or place a box grater on a flat surface so that the largest grating holes are facing up. Use it just like you would a mandoline by sliding the zucchini along it in long strokes to create noodles.
Each serving contains: 304 calories; 22 g protein; 10 g total fat (3 g sat. fat, 0 g trans fat); 37 g total carbohydrates (21 g sugars, 11 g fibre); 236 mg sodium
source: "Squash It!", alive #383, September 2014
Adding farro, with its nutty bite, is a delicious and convenient way to increase your soup’s fibre and nutritional value. This hearty soup is the perfect remedy to a cold January day. Lemon and chervil add a bright contrast to the fibre-packed earthy flavours. Farro timesaver With a long cooking time, it’s worth it to cook a larger amount of farro and freeze it in small-portioned batches which can be thawed quickly. Using a ratio of 1:4 farro to water, cook on medium-high heat until farro is al dente, in a similar manner to the way you would cook pasta. Drain, rinse, portion, and freeze for later use. To thaw, simply run frozen farro under water or add directly to soup.
Oven-roasted delicata squash makes a crispy treat atop this green salad. As its name suggests, this squash has a thin, delicate skin that’s tasty when cooked. Pomegranate molasses, an ingredient common in Lebanese and Middle-Eastern cuisine, brings a sweet and sour flavour to the dressing. No pine nuts? Use squash seeds! Simply collect about 1/4 cup (60 mL) seeds from cleaned squash, rinse, and mix with 1/8 tsp (0.5 mL) of the spice mix used to roast the squash and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) olive oil. Roast at 425 F (220 C) on parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
Look for whole grain farro, which leaves the germ and bran intact, for this satisfying porridge that’s sure to kickstart your day. While the cooking time is longer than for pearled or semi-pearled varieties, you’ll get more nutrition. Take the time to enjoy the delicate scent of cardamom and ginger wafting through your kitchen as you prepare this. Ancient grain Farro (also referred to as emmer or einkorn) is a variety of wheat known as an ancient grain, which means that it hasn’t changed over time through breeding as is the case with many varieties of modern wheat.
Spanish-inspired flavours of almond and orange and a good punch of protein make this pudding a delicious and nutritious breakfast, snack, or dessert. The tiniest amount of large-flake sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil help bring all the flavours together. Amp up the orange For some additional orange flavour, when cooking chickpeas from dry, add a few strips of orange zest to the cooking water. Tastier toast Take your toast to the next level by using this pudding as a satisfying spread.