Zucchini “Pasta”

Zucchini Pasta with Chicken

First off, I apologize for the low quality cell phone photo. I was pressed for time tonight and didn’t bring my rig out like I usually do. As I wrote about in the last post, I am taking the 30-day Primal Challenge, so no grains or processed sugars for me for the rest of the month. This includes one of my favorite foods: Pasta.

A few weeks ago I came across an article somewhere on the internet about zucchini “pasta” so I decided to give it a try.

Let me tell you, it was simple to make and delicious. I used to be quite the skeptic when it comes to foods outside of my comfort zone (I am getting better though, right Mom?) but this was so delicious I would eat it even if I was not taking the Primal Challenge.

To make it, all I did was take two slightly larger than medium zucchini, make “noodles” using a vegetable peeler (a julienne peeler would have worked great for this, but I do not have one), and throw them in the microwave for two minutes. (If you boil them, watch them closely. They will turn brown and soft quickly, which is not what you want. You want them still translucent and al dente. When I took them out of the microwave, I drained the excess liquid out of the bowl, lightly seasoned them with salt and pepper, then put half on a plate and kept the other half in the bowl. I put the marinara sauce I had left over from the last post on that half and I put garlic and olive oil on the half still in the bowl.

I personally enjoyed the half with garlic and olive oil more than the half with marinara, but that is merely because of my personal preferences. I enjoyed both quite a bit, though.

If you have a ton of zucchini from your garden this summer that you don’t know what to do with, give this a try! Or, if you are just looking for a change from the same old, same old, try it!

Let me know what you think. Post a comment if you make it!

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