ZUCCHINI PASTA “ZOODLES”

Jim’s latest invention. Our garden has been sprouting zucchini like weeds, and he discovered a great way to use it in place of pasta. Close your eyes, and I bet you can’t taste the difference! Also makes for a great vegan, paleo main. 

Time Required: 30 minuteszucchini pasta
Level: Medium
Serves:
Ingredients:

Zoodles:
-1lb zucchini*, julienned, or “stripped” with a veggie peeler
– 1 tsp. sea salt*
– 1 clove shallot*, chopped
– 1 tsp. butter* or sub coconut oil*
– 1 tsp. thyme*,  for garnish
– 1 thinly sliced roma tomato*
– 1 tsp. olive oil*
– 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar*
– coarse sea salt and pepper to tastespud coupon 3

Directions:

– Slice zucchini lengthwise in 0.5cm slices, and make the noodles by continually taking  a strip off each slice with the peeler, trying to get a bit of green peel with each strip.
– With the seeds, the center may not julienne so easily – that’s ok, compost the little remnants of the slices that are too challenging to peel.
– Toss the peels in a colander with the salt and let sit for a bit to sweat some if the zucchini liquid.
– Toss again occasionally every ten minutes or so.
– While the zucchini sweats, chop the shallot and prepare the thyme and tomato garnish.  Its really not as difficult or time consuming as it might seem…
– Put the sliced tomato in a bowl, a sprinkle the oil and vinegar over it with some more thyme, salt and pepper and let marinade.
– With butter in the skillet, quickly rinse the zucchini with water to remove the salt residue, and them drop the zucchini onto a large paper towel or clean tea towel.
– Turn on the stove, med-high.  Wrap the zucchini into a ball and squeeze the excess liquid out.
– Shallot in the skillet for a couple minutes before the zucchini.  Toss the zucchini regularly in the skillet so that it doesn’t cook too quickly.
– Zucchini in the med-high skillet for no more than four minutes, with regular tosses, maybe five, tops.
– Plate the zucchini, and place the tomato slices, sprinkle with fresh thyme.

 

75 cals / 8g carbs / 16g fat / 3g protein

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