There is something so comforting to me about a big bowl of fresh, warm pasta covered in delicious sauce in the winter months. Comfort food at it’s finest! Unfortunately for me, my hips find pasta a little bit TOO comforting.
So, how to get a bowl of fresh, warm pasta still covered in delicious sauce that is jean approved? Use vegetables as your noodles!
I’m sure you’ve seen this latest “trend” spiraling (pun defs necessary) out of control and you’ve probably thought that the concept seems interesting but there is NO WAY that you will replace your delicious, carby pasta noodles with VEGETABLES!? Stick with me, my fellow Carb Lovers!
Think zucchini is only delicious in loaf form with chocolate? Well you are wrong, my lovely!
First, let me share some health benefits of that silly, little green squash we call the zucchini:
- There’s ONLY 21 calories per cup.. HELLOOOO!!
- A POWER house of Vitamin C… move over oranges!
- Lutein & Zeaxanthin which promotes healthy eyesight… I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW THE RAIN IS GONE!
- Manganese… no this is not a “manly” Japanese dish, but a very essential mineral that promotes healthy bone tissue development and helps your body produce collagen. Asta la vista crow lines!
Now let’s get to it, shall well?
Zucchini Pasta A La Lisa Recipe:
4 medium sized zucchini
Splash of olive oil
1 garlic glove diced
1 jar of tomato sauce
1 can of tomato paste
Approximately a cup of diced onions, mushrooms, garlic and bell peppers
Seasoning (I used Italian seasoning, and the classic duo of S&P)
> I used my Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer to turn my zuch’s into long and luscious zuch noodles, but you could also use a mandolin slicer, a veggie peeler or simply a knife. I kept the peels on for extra nutrients. And it’s prettier.
> Sautee diced garlic in the EVOO for a minute or two, add the raw zuch noodles to the pan.
> Sautee, toss and coat the noodles in the oil & garlic until evenly coated. Only sautee for a minute or two… the noodles will JUST start to change color. TAKE THEM OUT! You’ll probably be tempted to keep cooking them because they still kind of look raw, but NOBODY likes mushy noodles.
> Remove noodles from the pan, put them in a side bowl.
> In same pan, sautée the diced veggies in a bit of EVOO. After they get a little bit tender, add in the tomato sauce and tomato paste.
> Stir around until heated throughout. Season to your taste.
> Once heated and seasoned accordingly, toss back in the noodles into the sauce bath.
> Toss to coat the noodles evenly and serve immediately. Dig in and be amazed!
Be prepared to be surprised how full you are off from a beautiful bowl of vegetables that is jean friendly! All comments, tips and questions are welcomed!
Also, this was “Husband Approved” – that’s a winner in my books! Voila!
*** Can also easily be made with added meat or beans!