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Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

posted by Jennifer
Zucchini and Tomato Pasta

A quick and easy vegetarian meal that requires minimal prep work yet yields a tasty pasta dish. Great for those last-minute dinners and so easily modifiable for any vegetables you have sitting around in the fridge.  Try using whole wheat pasta instead of white pasta to increase your daily intake of fibre.  Heating the cherry tomatoes also increases the lycopene content of the meal, and acting as a phytochemical, lycopene has been considered to be a potential agent for prevention of some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer.

Ingredients

104g – Pasta (any type i.e. spaghetti)
1 large – Zucchini, roughly chopped
200 g (10 tomatoes) – Cherry tomatoes, halved
15 mL (1 Tbsp) – Olive Oil
pinch – Salt
pinch – Black pepper
7 mL (½ Tbsp) – Thyme (dried)
5 mL (1 tsp) – Oregano (dried)

Directions:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the zucchini and cherry tomatoes.
  3. Once the water is boiling, add the pasta and cook
    according to directions on the package.
  4. Reduce heat to a rolling boil.
  5. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat and
    add the zucchini.
  6. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs until the zucchini have
    softened, approximately 7 minutes.
  7. Add the halved cherry tomatoes to the zucchini and stir.
  8. Once the pasta is ‘al dente’, drain and add directly to the
    zucchini.
  9. Toss all ingredients together to evenly coat the pasta.

Makes 2 servings (1 serving = 340g).

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Written by: Jennifer Broxterman, Registered Dietitian & Sports Nutritionist
Runners Feed in partnership with NutritionRx
Website: www.nutritionrx.ca
Phone: (519) 520-9549
Email: jennifer@nutritionrx.ca or  jennifer@runnersfeed.com

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One Comment

  1. Darko says:

    Thanks! If you’re too late, then what I’m doing today will be in vain. I have some collards that are ready to be rmeevod (you can see them in the background in the second photo), and will be replacing them with some pole beans. I have been working on different ideas for supporting plants, and I’ll be testing out one idea with them. I have a 16 cattle panel that I have formed into something that will (hopefully) be structurally sound and work to support the beans. I was originally looking for a way to support tomatoes, but I’m not sure if this design will help there. I’ll do a post on this idea later on after I get it set up.On the other hand One thing that I’ve learned is that the earlier you can get things started, the better. In the North, they need to get an early start due to a short growing season. Down here in The South, we need to get the gardening done before the really hot weather comes and the bug population reaches its peak. I’ll do a post later in the summer on really hot weather crops there are only a few plants that can successfully be grown through the summer in The South. Okra and New Zealand Spinach are two that come to mind.

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