Trying Something New: Zucchini Noodles
So, when I announce I'm trying something new, she gives me a "look". Tuesday I sent hubby a text saying "I'm making zucchini noodles tonight with red sauce". I receive a text back saying "sounds gross". I knew right away it was Nan texting me. Hubby then replies with "sounds good".
I have seen recipes for zucchini noodles; Sandy over at Reluctant Entertainer makes them, and recently our chiropractor was telling us about how they eat them. I decided to give them a try. We had pizza Monday night and I wanted to cook a lighter meal.
These are super easy and a great use for all that zucchini that's going to be growing in your gardens. Here's how it's done.
Pick zucchini that are small and firm. I had 4 but I think 10 or more would be better (the 4 made for smaller portions and this was our main dish).
Wash thoroughly and cut off ends. Then taking a vegetable peeler, or if you have a Julienne peeler that would make them more "noodle" like, work your way around the zuchinni "peeling" noodles as you go. Stop when you start to see the seeds.
I lightly sauteed mine in a small amount of olive oil and seasoned with pepper and garlic powder. Don't cook too long, just enough to heat them up. I served ours with a quick sauce made with petite diced tomatoes, a little leftover tomato sauce, a little tomato paste (I was going for a lighter, but not "runny" sauce), sliced garlic, chopped onion, Italian seasoning and I threw in some pesto that I had left over from pizza. Boy did that add to the flavor. Served it up with a yummy salad and fruit if anyone wanted it.
Hubby and I really liked it. The texture of the zucchini was still firm so it felt like you were eating noodles.
Go ahead and give it a try. I promised Nan that soon I'd make her some fettuccine Alfredo to enjoy. Silly girl. I did have some regular noodles that I cooked up but made sure she at least tried the zucchini ones. When I asked her how they were she shrugged her shoulders and said "eh"...I guess that means, not totally disgusting but not her fave. Oh, and when she first saw them she said "Ewww they're actually zuchinni...I thought they were noodles made from zucchini." Like I said...silly girl.
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