Who needs pasta when you've got zucchini ribbons!? Tender-crisp zucchini ribbons tossed in a creamy tahini sauce accompany pan blistered cherry tomatoes in this quick and delicious dish. Crispy ground beef gets a Mediterranean personality and a generous garnish of toasted sliced almonds.
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Mediterranean Spice Blend(ContainsSulphites/Sulfite)
Almonds, sliced(ContainsTree Nut/Noix)
Before starting, wash and dry all produce. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a vegetable peeler, peel zucchini into long ribbons. Peel, then finely mince or grate garlic. Zest, then juice lemon.
Heat a medium non-stick pan over medium heat. When hot, add almonds to the dry pan.Toast, tossing occasionally until golden, 2-3 min.(TIP: Keep your eye on them so they don't burn!) Transfer to a plate. Remove pan from heat, then wipe clean.
While almonds toast, stir together tahini, a third of the garlic, 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp sugar and 2 tbsp water (dbl all for 4 ppl) in a small bowl.
Heat the same pan (from step 2) over medium-high. When hot, add 1 tsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl), then half of the remaining garlic. Add beef and cook, breaking up into smaller pieces, until no pink remains, 3-4 min.** Drain off any excess fat and return pan to heat. Season beef with salt, pepper and half the Mediterranean Spice Blend. Cook, stirring beef occasionally, until no liquid remains and beef starts to get crispy, 2-3 min.
While the beef crisps, heat a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat. When hot, add 2 tbsp oil (dbl for 4 ppl), then tomatoes. Toss tomatoes around the pan until they blister, 3-4 min. Lower heat to medium. Add zucchini ribbons, remaining garlic, remaining Mediterranean Spice Blend and 1/2 tsp salt (dbl for 4 ppl). Toss, using tongs, until zucchini ribbons have slightly wilted and are tender-crisp, 1-2 min. Remove pan from heat. Add tahini sauce, then toss to coat.
Divide veggies between plates. Top with beef and sprinkle with almonds.