Archive | July, 2011

Fried Vegetables Platter with Basil Tomato Sauce

25 Jul

It’s Monday. It’s getting hot, busy, hectic and moody. But today, I am craving for calories and oil to balance the grumpy Monday atmosphere, so I’ll go for fried vegetables. Although this sounds a bit contradictory, it is possible to make healthy fried food. Here are the tips:

  • Use healthy frying oil (such as sunflower oil)
  • Do not bread or batter the vegetables
  • Drain the excessive oil by placing the vegetables on a paper towel

Ingredients (serving 4):

4 Carrots, peeled and cut in 4 lengthwise

4 potatoes, peeled and sliced 

20 green chile peppers

2 mid-size zucchinis, sliced salted (to avoid bitterness) and sliced

1 Aubergine mid sized, 

For the sauce:

 3 ripe large tomatoes, peeled and cut in cubes

3 cloves of garlic, finely cut in rounds

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon fresh basil leaves, finely chopped


Preparation Method:

Heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry the vegetables till they turn golden. Place them in a service plate. To prepare the sauce, heat the olive oil and sauté the garlic for less than a minute. Then add the tomatoes and cook till you obtain a homogenous sauce. Add basil leaves and cook for a minute more. Pour the sauce over the fried vegetables.








Spaghetti Salad with Dried Tomatoes

18 Jul

Spaghetti salad with dried tomatoes can constitute a complete meal itself. It is perfect for warm summer days. This delicious recipe is extremely easy to make-it takes only minutes!


250 g whole-wheat spaghetti

2 tablespoon dried tomatoes, preserved in olive oil, chopped

1 red onion finely chopped 

1 green pepper finely chopped 

1 tablespoon Chopped parsley


1 tablespoon dried tomatoes paste

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Salt (optional)

Preparation Method

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water. When the spaghetti is ready and cooled down, add other ingredients and mix well. For seasoning pour all ingredients in a bowl and mix gently till a homogenous sauce is obtained. Pour the sauce over the salad and mix well. 

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