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Zucchini Spaghetti with Eggplant Chicken Sauce

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    Zucchini Spaghetti with Eggplant Chicken Sauce

    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.

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    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.

    Serves 4.

    * 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

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