Meatless Day – Pasta with avocado & mango

Meatless Day #Week2

Meatless Day #Week2

It is only week 2 of this challenge and I am struggling with ideas. What else can I cook that is vegetarian that does not involve tofu? Is my knowledge of vegetarian food is so limiting? After days of eating and drinking over Christmas, this dish has to be and feel light and healthy. I was not prepared yet again and thought hard what I could do with leftover ingredients from the long weekend.

I had to make use of the avocado before it turned bad and I am really digging having fruits in many of new summer dishes. So I decided that I will make pasta with avocado and fresh mango. Mister thought I was a little crazy. This is another really simple, quick and easy recipe. I mean it is summer and we want to spend more time outdoors than indoors. More so for us as we are working over the festive period which means even less time socialising and having a little summer fun.

5 ingredients

5 ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 300gms of fusilli
  • 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 finely chopped and de-seeded fresh chillies or use dried chilli flakes
  • 1 cubed avocado
  • 1 cubed fresh mango
  • Fresh sprigs of parsley finely chopped – Actually, I will recommend using mint instead
  • A small squeeze of lemon juice for the extra zing
  • Olive oil, salt and pepper
Cubed mango

Cubed mango

Method:

  1. Boil pasta in heavily salted water till cooked. Drain and run cold water over to stop it from cooking
  2. Be generous with the olive oil in pan. Throw in garlic and fresh chillies. Once the garlic is slightly brown, add the pasta and coat thoroughly
  3. Scoop the pasta onto a serving bowl or plate. Add the cubed avocado and mangoes, salt and pepper and gently mix through
  4. Squeeze a little lemon juice and add more olive oil if required. Sprinkle parsley or mint and serve
Pasta with avocado and mango

Pasta with avocado and mango

Mister was a little surprised that it actually worked. It is a no fuss summer dish and using only fresh ingredients. I did sprinkle a little dried chilli flakes just because we love spicy foods ;)

And it is not too late to jump onto the Meatless Day band wagon. It is only once a week and I am sure that it gets easier week by week even though I whinge about it. It is good for our health and good for the environment.

What is your favourite summer fruit?