Thursday, June 2, 2011

Trying Something New: Zucchini Noodles

 I like trying new things. So does my family for the most part, maybe with the exception of Nan, who, if sugar were a health food, would be the healthiest person in the world. And if waffles were a vegetable would surely get her daily allowance. 


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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With Joy UNquenchable,

12 comments:

  1. I'm about to start a diet so this is perfect timing. I don't know if I'll convince my husband but I'm gonna give it a whirl. :)

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  2. What a great idea! Never heard of this, but we'll definitely try it when the zucchini is ready :) Thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet comment!

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  3. If you use yellow squash rather than zucchini, and especially if you use a julienne peeler, they look VERY much like wheat noodles. I also sprinkle the noodles with a little salt and let them rest for 15 or 20 minutes before sauteing them. They're great with a garlic cream sauce. We call it "Fettucchini Alfredo" in our house.

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  4. How funny - I just read another blog post that made zucchini noodles - I guess it's fate that I try them out!!

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  5. I love this idea! It makes sense that it would taste good since spaghetti squash mades great noodles. I can't wait to give this a try. Thanks for sharing this idea with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

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  6. I was on the specific carbohydrate diet (scd) for over a year and had cut out all grains. Zucchini noodles was a staple and surprisingly satisfied the pasta craving. I love it with pesto sauce -- oh so good! Can you share your recipe for the sauce? It looks great!

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  7. this is such a great idea! Cant wait to try it!!!

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  8. I will definitely be trying this recipe. It sounds so good. I think I could live on Nan's "health food" diet too :)Thanks so much for adding my button to your post. Have a wonderful day!
    Katie

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  9. I'm ready for some summer too!! Can't wait for the forcasted sun the next few days!

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  10. Oh this sounds super yummy to me! I spent a time as a raw vegan and this is something I would have made a lot of without the red sauce, I have a machine called a spiruli that makes the noodles out of zucchini very quickly, but they are more like spaghetti than fettucini so your way looks pretty neat! Thanks so much for sharing this with us on the hearth and soul hop! All the best! Alex

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  11. This is a great idea. I'll have to remember it when we are up to our eyeballs during zuke season.

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  12. This sounds fantastic. What a super healthy and delicious recipe! Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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