A LITTLE BIT OF THE TROPICS IN YOUR MACARONI
I was inspired to come up with a simple new dish with some tropical flair after doing some reading about the tropical island of Guam. I had just been to the grocery store and happened to have some extra Papaya left over from another recipe. The hot pepper sauce is not necessary but it does add some extra zing to it. This recipe incorporates that plus some healthy greens. Papaya is a good source of antioxidants and interestingly it has a enzyme called Papain that can improve digestion!
1 cup of Macaroni (I used Durum Wheat Semolina)
2 cups of water
1 cup of chopped Papaya
1 cup of chopped greens of the hardy variety (spinach, swiss chard etc)
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (or coconut oil)
1 teaspoon each of clove powder, mustard powder, salt, pepper
2 tablespoons soya sauce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Optional : 1 tablespoon or so of your favourite hot sauce (I used Billy Bob’s Louisiana Hot Sauce)
Begin by boiling 2 cups of lightly salted water. You may add a dash of olive oil to this for flavouring
Add the macaroni and cook for approximately 10 minutes until tender. Drain the macaroni
Put about 2 tablespoons of oil in a large frying pan and heat on medium high heat
Add the macaroni, papaya, and 2 tablespoons of soya sauce and stir continuously
After cooking for about 5 minutes lower heat to medium low and add in the greens. Drizzle lemon juice over it and stir in
Add clove, mustard powder, salt, pepper. The hot sauce is optional but I recommend it
Let the greens wilt a little in the heat then serve
Let me know how you enjoyed this. Don’t be afraid to experiment and add other tropical fruits or vegetables to this recipe. I’m curious now how a little banana would do!
Here is a photo of Guam I found on the web earlier today. Looks like an amazing place.