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Ingredients

  • Light olive oil spray, for cooking
  • 4 large zucchini, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 2 eggplants, thinly sliced into rounds
  • 500g butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded, thinly sliced
  • 600g chicken breast fillet
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 700g tomato passata
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 28g flaked almonds
  • 1 bunch rocket, leaves trimmed
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).
  2. Heat a large chargrill pan on high. Lightly spray the zucchini, eggplant and pumpkin on both sides with olive oil. Chargrill in batches for 3-4 minutes, until just tender and golden.
  3. Slice the chicken breast in half horizontally, then place the pieces between two sheets of baking paper and pound with a meat mallet until 2mm thick. Sprinkle with the dried herbs and season with freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Lightly spray a 30 x 20cm baking dish with olive oil.
  5. Spoon a little of the passata over the base of the dish. Top with a layer of chicken, some baby spinach leaves and then a layer of chargrilled vegetables. Spoon over more passata to cover evenly, then repeat the layers with the remaining chicken, baby spinach, vegetables and passata, finishing with a final layer of passata. Sprinkle the top with almonds.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Serve with rocket tossed in balsamic.

Serves: 4

Recipe from CSIRO Protein Plus by Dr Jane Bowen, Professor Grant Brinkworth and Genevieve James-Martin, published by Macmillan Australia.