About this Recipe
Presentation of food and its appeal factor can turn a boring looking plate into an exciting one and this easily be accomplished by something so simple as making spiral zucchini noodles instead of having them sliced. These spiral noodles take just a couple moments to cut with a Spiralizer Spiral Slicer. Zucchini noodles offer a replacement to pasta noodles for those that are looking to cut down on carbs.
We cook many very simple meals here in Grandmother's Kitchen and because we do not eat meat poultry or fish on a regular basis, vegetable meals are very common. To go along with this dish we also served some colorful zig-zag boiled carrots, a hard boiled egg, sesame seeds and we also had some leftover baked spaghetti squash. The meal was colorful, tasty and satisfying. People often wonder what to eat if you are eating a more vegetarian based diet. We generally include a protein, which is usually some sort of nuts or eggs and the protein gives you that satisfied filling.
1. Don't overcook the zucchini noodles or they will be very mushy.
2. Plan on one zucchini for 2 people for your serving size. If you are serving this with a spaghetti sauce, and this was the main course, you could easily serve larger portions per person.
3. The skins on the zucchini offer additional fiber and nutrition so don't peel the zucchini. Always wash your zucchini before using.
4. Refer to Grandmother's Guide to Washing Fruits and Veggies for information on cleaning food for eating.
5. SHOP HERE FOR Vegetable Spiralizer from Grandmother's Kitchen Shop. We are loving this tool and you can spiralize not only zucchini, but a large variety of veggies and fruits making food preparation even more fun!
Makes 2 servings
1 zucchini medium sized
1 garlic clove, chopped very small
1 olive oil
1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon
2 Tablespoons water
salt and pepper to taste
1. Wash and dry the zucchini and chop the garlic into small pieces. Squeeze the lemon juice and have ready.
2. Use the spiralizer to make the zucchini noodles. Place them onto paper towels and pat out any moisture.
3. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet, add the garlic and cook for a couple minutes.
4. Add the zucchini noodles and stir into the garlic and oil. Add the lemon juice and the water, gently stir as the noodles are cooking and steam for a couple of minutes. Just cook long enough until you see the noodles are starting to soften. Don't over cook. Add salt and pepper to taste.
5. Serve right away.
A whole medium raw zucchini is very low in calories. A medium size 8 inch zucchini that is about 2 inches wide weighs about 5 ounces which is about 142 grams. There are only about 17 calories in 100 grams of zucchini so that would mean a zucchini this size has about 25 calories. Zucchini is high in water, low in sugar and carbohydrates so has a low score on the glycemic index. Some raw vegetables are difficult to digest but the zucchini falls into the same family as cucumbers,tomatoes and lettuce and is easy to digest when raw.
Zucchini is a popular vegetable served raw and although in this recipe we steam cooked it for a few minutes, many recipes are asking for raw zucchini in their salads. Raw food eating has become more and more popular and you will find many recipes that offer recipes using only raw foods. Zucchini is high in antioxidants and you should eat the skin as well as the inside for the additional fiber you receive.
Zucchini noodles taste wonderful with a pasta sauce. This Simple Tomato Mushroom Sauce is one that goes well. Our recipe for Creamy Cheese Sauce would also be a great compliment to the zucchini spiral noodles.