This light, healthy spring time recipe is one that I have long been meaning to share. Far better then an old pasta dish and no need for any fancy gadgets. A spiraliser?! perlease… all you need is a speed peeler and a little bit of arm power.
It is also a dish so quick to make I am practically breathless writing it…
It’s super speedy, supper skinny and perfect for those days when following the 5:2 Diet seems like a good idea.
I’m not a follower of it myself, but I hear it works a charm… personally the though of attempting starvation for one day is enough to have me dial for an Honest Burger on the pronto (some of the best in London I think you may find) but I am a keen believer in making every dish delicious, so there is no way I would want anyone to miss out!
I used my yummy uber herby Homemade Pesto as an accompaniment to the dish, but feel free to swap for Sacla or any other brand of your choice. If you are wondering about calories, I happen to know that 1 tbs of Sacla is 45 calories. I would imagine my pesto would be about the same. I have also opted for garlic oil. I am a big fan and buy it in bulk or make it by infusing garlic cloves with olive oil. It is definitely worth doing to avoid the dreaded garlicy fingers smell! If you don;t have it used half a clove of minced garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
Total : 250cal (minus any additions)
- 1 large Courgette
- 1 tbs Pesto
- 1 tsp Garlic Oil
- 1/2 Red Chilli, finely chopped
- 1 Spring Onion, finely chopped
- 20g Almonds, toasted and chopped
- Lime Juice, to taste
- Sea Salt and Fresh Black Pepper
- Optional additions: 1 tbs of Plain Probiotic Yoghurt (extra 30-40 cal), 1 tsp Dijon Mustard (4 cal)
Peel the courgette into long thin ribbon, using the speed peeler. Set Aside.
Heat the oil in the pan over a medium heat. Add the chilli and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the courgette and gently toss in the pan. You want to heat it through but not cook it too much otherwise it will start to break apart.
Add the spring onions and stir through the pesto.
Serve up with a scattering of almonds and perhaps a little extra chilli if you fancy more of a fiery kick.
*Chilli is good to get the metabolism going and stimulate heat and digestion in the body. So it is a good food to eat if yo are trying to short a few pounds before summer.