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

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've never heard of a spiralizer. Where do you get them, especially for about $10? I have used both zucchini and eggplant in lasagna but am interested in getting fake pasta since I like zucchini. Cordella

Jen Scott said...

That is amazing! I will have to look into buying a spiralizer.

Gram said...

You can get them on Amazon.com. I did!

mary kennedy said...

Try it, Jen. I think you will love it!

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mary kennedy said...

Cordella, they have them on Amazon, there's a nice selection.

mary kennedy said...

Yes, that's where I got mine, Gram. Glad you like it!

SandyG265 said...

I like to sauté zucchini spirals with a drop of olive oil, garlic and a little lemon juice as a side dish for fish.

TM said...

This is a wonderful idea for people with diabetes, like my hub. He loves pasta, but his blood sugar shoots up horribly. He's pretty much given up one of his favorite foods. Thanks so much for this! I'll tell him about it.

mary kennedy said...

Sandy, that's a great idea, I'll try it tonight!

mary kennedy said...

It really makes a delish dish, thanks for stopping by, TM!

Linda Chudej said...

I'll try sauteing the zucchini spirals with garlic. It sounds wonderful. thanks for sharing your idea Sandy.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love this, Mary! I went out and got one. Thank you. Can't wait for part two next week.

Hugs.

MJ

Lynn in Texas said...

Oh, I've wanted a spiralizer ever since I saw several recipes using one on Pinterest. Now I'll have to get one, thanks to you Mary! Look forward to the low cal marinara next week. Thanks!

mary kennedy said...

That's great, MJ, be sure to let me know how it works out. Next week, is home-made marinara sauce--very easy--and lasagna with "zucchini" for noodles.

mary kennedy said...

Thanks for stopping by, Lynn. Definitely get a spiralizer, you will love it and wonder how you ever managed without one.