Meat Free Monday Sesame “Chicken” Pasta

I love the concept of Meat Free Mondays, it is a pity that the movement doesn’t get more press here in South Africa.
As I’ve mentioned before S has been very happy to follow a ‘vegan diet’ and have been very active with grocery shopping and cooking. This Monday meal practically made itself after he picked up a packet of chicken style strips over the weekend. Add in the weeks leftover veggies and linguine and a tasty budget friendly dinner.

Meat Free"Chicken" Pasta
I don’t often bring out all my fun kitchen gadgets, so I decided to spiral cut the courgettes instead of the usual slice and dice. Preparing the courgettes like this is also a fantastic substitute for pasta if you’re eating gluten-free or Raw.
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For the pasta veggies:

2 large courgettes, prepared on a vegetable turner
A handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 large handfuls of chopped spinach
1 piece of leeks, cut in strips
4 black mushrooms, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic
2 cups of Fry’s Chicken strips
Oil for frying
Sesame oil to taste
Maldon flaked sea salt
Basil to garnish
Your choice of prepared pasta. I used linguine.

Heat your choice of oil for frying the vegetables. Start with the onions, then the chicken strips, mushrooms and finally you can add in the rest of the vegetables. Season with sesame oil and Maldon salt

Dish up the pasta, divide the vegetables between the plates and garnish with fresh basil.

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Serves four.

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