Zucchini with Zip

Zucchini with carrot and mint

Fresh mint and lemon add zest to this simple zucchini stir-fry; carrot contributes extra color. Adapted from Stir Crazy!by Susan Jane Cheney.

Serves: 4

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large carrot, julienned (thick matchsticks)
  • 4 small or 2 medium zucchini, julienned (thick matchsticks)
  • 2 scallions, sliced thin on a diagonal
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh mint, or more, to taste
  • Salt to taste

Set a stir-fry pan over medium-high heat. Pour the oil around the rim and swirl it to coat the sides. Add the carrot and stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add the zucchini and scallions and continue stir-frying for one to two minutes, until the carrot and zucchini are both ender. Grind in black pepper and stir-fry briefly.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice, mint, and salt to taste. Serve immediately.

Variation: For even more zip, add a seeded and minced chile pepper (such as jalapeño) at the same time as the zucchini.

Zucchini with carrot and mint recipe

 

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