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Meatless Monday with Vegan Sauteed Zucchini, Tomatoes, Garlic and Hot Chili Pasta

Welcome to the Miratel blog for our Meatless Monday vegan recipe share series. Miratel took the Meatless Monday pledge to support reducing meat consumption 15% by eliminating it one day per week to preserve the health of our planet. We consider our support of this great movement part of our CSR business strategies as it spreads awareness of the impact of our food choices on our environment.

Tonight we’re making a fresh pasta dish featuring sauteed zucchini with tomatoes, garlic and hot chili over pasta. The recipe comes courtesy of Canadian chef and restaurateur Michael Bonacini during an appearance on CityTV’s Cityline with Tracy Moore. Michael Bonacini is a creator of Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants – one of Canada’s leading fine dining restaurant companies operating 12 restaurants in Ontario including Canoe, Auberge du Pommier, Jump, Biff’s Bistro and Luma. The original recipe called for non-vegan parmesan and butter but with a couple simple substitutions, we created a vegan dish worthy of any top restaurant’s menu.

Sauteed zucchini with tomatoes, garlic and hot chili pasta Ingredients (serves 2):Meatless-Monday-csr-business-Zucchini-Tomatoes-Chili-Pasta

  • 2 medium zucchini (one yellow and one green)
  • 1 ripe tomato, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, slivered
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 20 black olives pitted
  • ¼ tsp fresh chili pepper, diced
  • Vegan parmesan cheese
  • Splash olive oil
  • ½ tsp vegan butter
  • ¼ cup white wine (dry)
  • Salt and pepper

Method:

  1. To prepare the zucchini: wash, dry, and cut in half. Next, remove the centre seed portion using a teaspoon and scooping along the centre until all seeds are removed. Next, slice the zucchini at a 45 degree angle, approximately 1/8 of an inch thick.
  2. In a medium size pan, over medium to high heat, sauté the diced onion, chili, and garlic until soft and tender, until they start to turn light brown on the edges.
  3. Next, add the sliced zucchini and continue to sauté for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Then, add the tomatoes and the white wine, season with salt and pepper and cook for additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Finally, add the olives and butter, followed by your noodle of choice and toss and sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

To make this elegant meal healthier you can substitute traditional pasta for 100% whole wheat, whole grain or gluten-free options to increase the fibre intake.

The zucchini mixture for this pasta dish also makes a great side dish so you can always make extra of this mixture and set it aside to enjoy another night. Serve this delicious pasta dish alongside a healthy arugula salad with olive oil and lemon juice or your favourite green salad with a light balsamic dressing. This is a flavourful restaurant quality dish you’ll be happy to serve as an everyday meal or for a special occasion.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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