Gathering with your loved ones for a heaping plate of spaghetti might be a tradition for your family, but when you consider the carbs and calories, making a healthier option just might be a smart idea once in a while. While it might be hard to believe, zucchini can actually be cut in a way that it resembles the texture and look of spaghetti noodles. Cooking zucchini "spaghetti" is an easy way to fool kids (and adults) into eating a healthy dish.
Things You'll Need
- Four large zucchini
- Slicer tool
- Two cloves minced garlic
- Pepper to taste
- Salt to taste
- Vegetables, if desired
- Pasta sauce, if desired
Slice your zucchini lengthwise into thin strips using a mandoline or an extremely sharp knife. You also can use a slicing machine; Steamy Kitchen recommends the Saladacco Spiral Slicer. The cuts of zucchini should resemble spaghetti noodles.
Cover the bottom of a nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat it up until it simmers, then add all of the minced garlic into the pan. Let it sizzle for about 15 seconds.
Place the zucchini "noodles" in the pan and add extras such as vegetables or herbs at your discretion.
Cook until the zucchini is slightly soft fo about one minute. Sprinkle the finished "noodles" with salt and pepper to taste, then serve. Pour a light pasta sauce over the zucchini or serve it on its own for a lighter dish.
Tips & Warnings
- Serve this dish on its own, or as an accompaniment to an entree like chicken or pork chops.
- Take care when slicing the zucchini and keep any sharp tools away from children.
- Avoid cooking the zucchini too long, as it could get mushy.
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