Thursday, March 27, 2014

Zucchini Noodles

Since my husband is in the military he is gone a lot. Usually out on a training field op for a few weeks at a time. Which means I'm on my own for food. I actually get asked a lot "so what do you eat when it's just you??" That is a good question. I go almost full blown vegetarian. I just find it hard to cook meats for just myself, veggies are so much easier to make for one person. So this is one of my favorites that I eat when it's just me, or I use it as a side when Jared is home.

First you will need a julienne peeler. It will cut your Zucchini into little strips.

See how this peeler doesn't have the same smooth blade?
1 large Zucchini
Olive Oil
Toppings: I use Parmesan cheese and sesame seeds

First use the julienne peeler to peel the zucchini to the middle. Stop once you hit the seedy area. You don't want the seeds because when that cooks it just breaks down into mush and it won't hold together. Place the "noodles" in a strainer and sprinkle with salt. Make sure to mix the "noodles" around so they all get coated.

Let the strainer sit in the sink for about 10 minutes. The salt with help pull all the water out and make the zucchini limp. After 10 minutes press the zucchini to remove extra moisture.

See the difference?? They aren't as stiff anymore, almost like boiled noodles!
Heat some oil in a pan on medium heat and toss in the zucchini. Season with pepper, BUT NOT SALT!! You already coated them in salt so you don't need anymore! Stir them around for a few minutes and then they are ready to serve!

This is how much I got from just 1 zucchini! 

Serving suggestions:
When I eat this by itself I top it with parmesan cheese and sesame seeds, but it's also amazing with some spicy sriracha sauce! Another way I love to serve it, is with spaghetti! I just toss these in with the pasta and sauce, it's a fun way to sneak in some veggies! This is always a great side dish that doesn't take much effort at all!

Hope you enjoy!

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