Saturday, October 23, 2010

Mini Meal #2 - Pasta with Grilled Vegetables

I know I started the Mini-Meal series with great optimism about my gymming and following a healthy diet plan, but I must admit the inevitable has happened. I have bid adieu to the gym and haven't exercised in the last 1 month :( The good thing is at least I haven't paid a year's gym fee in advance!

But I'm still trying to follow the 6 meals a day diet in an attempt to maintain some semblance of fitness... so here's a really simple pasta dish that works great as a filling and nutritious snack or mini-meal.


Ingredients:

Whole wheat pasta - 200 gms or 2 cups
Zucchini - 1/2 cup, cubed or sliced
Mushrooms - /2 cup
Cherry tomatoes - /handful
Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
Oregano - 1 tsp
Chilli Flakes - 1/2 tsp
Salt
Pepper
Garlic - 4 to 5 cloves
Balsamic Vinegar - 2 tsp

Wash and slice the zucchini, quarter the mushrooms and halve the cherry tomatoes. On an oven-proof tray place the vegetables in rows, drizzle some olive oil and shake some salt and pepper over them. Grill in the oven for 8-10min. Take out the tray, turn over the vegetables and grill for another 5min.

Meanwhile prepare the pasta. Bring to a boil about 1 litre of water in a wide vessel. Add a spoonful of salt, a little oil and drop in the pasta. Let the pasta cook till al dente (takes approximately 10min, but check your pack for instructions). Keep stirring to make sure the pasta doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. Drain the pasta in a colander and wash immediately in cold water.

Now mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, finely chopped garlic, oregano, chilli flakes, salt and pepper in a cup. Whisk well and pour over the pasta. Add the grilled vegetables and combine well till the dressing coats the pasta as well as the vegetables.

Savour it while warm.

The way I like it:

What I like about this simple recipe is its versatility. You can add any vegetables of your choice and make it seasonal and fresh. You can add broccoli, carrots, beans, onions, tofu, cottage cheese, or even pieces of chicken.

5 comments:

Karishma said...

Great idea...haven't thought of grilling veggies for my pasta...next time surely!

Katerina said...

Indeed pasta is a very versatile meal. Your choice of vegetables is great.

Lynn said...

I'm a sucker for any type of pasta meal and this looks amazing. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us and welcome to the Foodie Blogroll!

Swati Sapna said...

@Karishma, Katerina - Thanks girls...
Lynn - Thanks for the wqarm welcome :) Am jus discovering the world of food blogging and looking forward to meeting many foodies online!

vanishri bhat said...

Hmmm... looks yummy. Nice blog.