Saturday, 6 September 2014

Zucchini


Zucchini is one of my favourite vegetables. I have always loved it sliced and fried in olive oil with onions and chopped garlic. Topped with parmesan cheese, it is  dee-lish!

Not long ago, I discovered a quick and easy way to prepare zucchini using a julienne peeler. This fabulous peeler ( from Pampered Chef ) creates long thin strips of zucchini, almost like linguine. When topped with tomato marinara sauce, it satisfies the craving for pasta without the carbs.



People absolutely LOVE this dish!

Zucchini Linguine
3 zucchinis - cut into long thin noodles using a julienne peeler
1 clove garlic - crushed
2 T olive oil
2-3 cups of good quality marinara sauce - ( Rao's and White Linen from Costco are excellent)
1 cup grated parmesan cheese 

In a frying pan, heat oil on medium heat and gently saute garlic until fragrant but not browned. Transfer to a microwavable casserole dish.  ( I use the Rock Croc from Pampered Chef - an amazing cooking vessel that can be used on the stove top, in the oven, under the broiler, in the microwave and on the grill. One pot does it all. ) 
Add zucchini noodles and marinara sauce. Cover and microwave on high for 6 minutes. Stir to combine. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and broil. 

If you have picky eaters, simple peel the zucchini to remove the green skin and prepare as above. Most kids will think it is pasta!

Zucchini is such a versatile veggie and using a few specialty cutting tools can really change it up so it never gets boring. ( The Spiralizer is a new cool tool that I just started using. LOVE IT!  )





From zucchini chips...

From pinterest
...to zucchini carpaccio salad,

From prouditaliancook.com
and from zucchini pizza crust ...

From closetcooking
 ...to Zucchini Ribbon Pasta,

From pamperedchef

...this marvelous vegetable offers something for everyone.

For more great zucchini recipes, check out inspiralized.com.

 Happy cooking!



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