I cannot even begin to tell you how much I hate this question. Unless I have a plan, but that is so rare that it is hardly worth mentioning. Hopefully, one day, that won’t be the case, but for now it is and “What’s for dinner?” just stresses me out. I really like simple things that use ingredients I have on hand. I don’t like buying “specialty items” for recipes I have every intention of making because too often they don’t get made and food is wasted and I hate wasting food.
Back in the day, before I had babies, and I could still eat whatever I wanted, I ate pasta almost every day. It was cheap, easy, and I really love pasta. I have a carb addiction, but simple carbs make me gain weight.
Anyway, I still love pasta, but try my best to stay away from it when I can control myself. The point?
Last night we had… spaghetti. Yep. Pasta. BUT with one big difference, I had mine with zucchini noodles. Or as some people call them… zoodles. The first time I tried it I thought it would be weird or gross, but it wasn’t and now I can eat zoodle spaghetti, guilt free, anytime I want. They are so easy, too. Which is another reason why I love them so much. I got this little doohickey here called a spiralizer. I got a little hand held one, because they are super cheap and works great for our little family… especially since my hubby won’t eat them. If you have a bigger family and don’t want to kill your forearm, then I would get a table top crank one.
I mixed the kiddos spaghetti with about half regular spaghetti noodles and half zoodles and they love it! They would probably eat it straight, but I didn’t want to take my chances. I noodlfy one zucchini per person, except toddlers, they get half each since I mix them with regular noodles. Then I just substitute them for anything else I would normally use pasta for.
They aren’t an exact match, I mean it’s zucchini, I’m not going to kid you and say that you can’t even tell the difference because you can. I think it’s delicious and don’t mind that it’s a little different.
So how do you make zoodles?
I don’t know about everyone else, but this is how I make them…
- 1 zucchini per person
- Twist through the spiralizer (I like to cut mine into shorter strands as I go to make them easier to eat, but that’s me)
- Saute in just enough water or oil or water/oil mix to cover the bottom of the frying pan until your desired tenderness (like 5-7 minutes (you can season them a little if you like, I usually forget))
- Get rid of the extra liquid (I just push mine to one side of the pan and dump out the water)
- Dish it up and serve with your favorite sauce and sides!
If you count from the time we started cooking the ground beef, dinner took about 20 minutes. The zucchini noodles only take about 7-10 minutes, start to finish.
Last night we had garlic and herb spaghetti sauce with a pound of ground beef mixed in. Super easy and super delicious. BAM! Dinner is served licitly split.