So the other day I was deciding what to pack for lunch the next day (this was the night before, god forbid that I wake up at 5am just to prepare lunch) and being tired of my usual, chicken salad or ham and cheese on some seeded low GI health bread, I decided to come up with a recipe that was
equally healthy and, here comes the best part, way more delicious!
This recipe is vegetarian and also vegan (if you leave out the feta cheese) and can also be served hot or cold! Score!
You will need:
1-2 Zucchini (depending on the size of them)
1-2 cups Fusilli pasta
Salt and pepper
1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 7-10mins, stirring occasionally (do not cover)
2. Drain the pasta and coat with olive oil, at this point you can put it in the fridge if you plan on serving it cold or put it back in the dry hot pot.
3. Chop the ends off the zucchini, and slice it lengthways (I used a potato peeler), put the slices into a bowl season with a generous pinch of salt and pepper, some chilli flakes, dried thyme and a drizzle of olive oil.
Mix the zucchini until it's evenly coated with olive oil and seasoning.
4. To cook the zucchini, heat a pan on high, when the pan is hot (it should be smoking a bit) add in your zucchini, you do not need to add oil to the pan as the zucchini already has oil coated on it, sear the zucchini on high for around 20secs (if possible, try keep them on one layer) after that, turn off the heat and flip the zucchini, your zucchini should be slightly charred, and continue to cook with the remaining heat for 1-2mins, stirring occasionally.
To serve this, I like using a shallow bowl/pasta plate. I like to put the zucchini in a 'mound' on top of the pasta, I then slice/crumble some feta cheese to top it off. (if you want to get real fancy... or if your pasta is drying out) drizzle some olive oil in a circular motion . You can also add the juice of a lemon/lime to this for a little bit of a tang.
If you plan on serving this cold (like how I did for my packed lunch) I recommend refrigerating the pasta and zucchini separately and putting it altogether in a lunch box just before leaving the house.
P.S If you guys have the Sorted Food app, my username is jesshuang