Saturday, June 13, 2015

PASTA WITHOUT THE CARBS? COUNT ME IN!

By Mary Kennedy                
                                                      
        Who doesn't love a nice bowl of spaghetti and sauce? We all do! But if you're trying to get a "beach body" (or even wriggle into last year's bathing suit) you've probably discovered that it's very hard to have a "small" helping of spaghetti. There is something so satisfying and delicious about pasta, we tend to eat restaurant size portions. A tasty treat, but disastrous for the waistline.
                                                          

What's the secret? Can you really have your pasta, guilt-free! You can, with the help of a spiralizer.   A spiralizer will turn zucchini into a very passable substitute for pasta.  You can buy a rather elaborate one, as pictured above, but a $10.00 is fine, too. You can even try making thin strips with a peeler, but it just isn't the same. You really need a spiralizer to get the full effect.

The great part about zucchini (besides the fact that it has low net carbs and extremely low calories) is that a nice marinara sauce really clings to it.  You can make "zucchini spaghetti" with a traditional tomato sauce...
                                                          
 
You can have a nice zucchini lo mein...
                                                            
 
Or a cold zucchini "pasta" salad, always refreshing on a hot day...the choice is yours!
                                                          

All you need are some fresh zucchini (don't peel them, the skins add a little color and texture) and a spiralizer. And you can turn this...
                                                           
    into this...     
                                                           
 
Next week, I'll give you my recipe for home-made (very low calorie) marinara sauce. It's a perfect match for zucchini pasta and after all, who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen on these hot summer days? And it's a great way to use fresh basil (hope you are growing some in your garden, or even on the window sill). Stay tuned till next week and let me know your favorite way to fix veggie pasta!
 
Mary Kennedy