Zucchini Noodles

Today I bought a spiralizer. Which means today is a great day. I feel like my spiralizer and I are going to take on the world. I’m going to spiralize the shit out of my veggies and there’s nothing you can do but find the recipe below and enjoy!

First, you must find something to spiralize. Look in your fridge or pantry for basically any hard or semi soft veggie. Carrots, zucchini, squash, beets, radishes, potatoes – whatever you’re in the mood for! Today I picked my poison – zucchini. I’ll be using fresh tomatoes from my garden as a light and fresh tomato sauce.img_3379

My best advice to you before you go ahead and spiralize an entire zucchini whole like I did…Make sure to at least cut the zucchini in half. The spiralizer comes with a handy veggie gripper (I guess you could call it that) so you don’t chop your left pinky off. Definitely don’t want to come out of this experience with half a pinky at your next dinner party. I suggest cutting your veggie into quarters or in half because if not you’ll end up with a never-ending noodle. Sounds great, right?! Not so much. Make sure the length of your noodle is, by all means, a semi normal noodle size. Use a piece of spaghetti from the box as a noodle indicator.

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I tested out both the thick cut and thin cut options.

The spiralizer conveniently comes with two different settings. One side produces a thicker cut and the other a thinner cut. I went with the thinner cut zucchini because I love angel hair pasta. It wasn’t quite the same, but hey, half the carbs.

I am an Italian by nature so pasta is just my thing. Let me be clear. This spiralizer will never replace my love affair with pasta, but it’s a great twist on a classic dish. It’s all the comfort with less guilt.

Between you and me…I’m having half priced pizza tonight so it was really a great excuse to eat “spaghetti” without the carbs. I hope you try this recipe out and get inspired by the spiralize!

Zucchini Noodles With Fresh Tomatoes

Serving size: 2 portions

Ingredients

1 zucchini cut in half

2 small tomatoes

Handful of cherry tomatoes

1 clove garlic

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

Fresh basil

Red pepper flakes (if desired)

Olive oil

Cut your zucchini in half and spiralize. Put in a mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Add salt and pepper. Roughly cut basil and add to noodle mix.

Add tomatoes, garlic and tablespoon of olive oil to a medium heat pan. Cook tomatoes until they become soft – they will create a nice sauce for your noodles.

Toss noodles into pan with tomatoes. The water from the zucchini will help create a sauce. Cook for 10-15 minutes or until desired softness is reached.

Serve in bowls with fresh basil, slices of tomato, and red pepper flakes.

Mangia!

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Sprinkle with some red pepper flakes for a kick!
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