Meatless Monday: Zucchini Pasta

zuccZucchini Noodles (V)(GF)
2 zucchinis, peeled
1 tablespoon coconut oil/olive oil
1/4 cup water
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Homemade Marinara Sauce or your favorite jarred brand

the method:

  1. To make the noodles, you have multiple options. You can use a vegetable spiralizer, a food processor, a julienne peeler – or if you’re REALLY patient and don’t have any of these tools, you can slice really long strips with a sharp knife. Personally, I do not recommend a knife. I have a julienne peeler and it is, by far, my favorite kitchen tool. It cuts the zucchini into perfect noodle strips. You can use it for stir fries, salads, slaws… everything! I bought mine at Williams-Sonoma and it was only $10 (it is in the picture). I even like it more than my Kitchen-Aid Mixer – I never thought I would love anything as much as my mixer.
  2. When making the noodles, make sure you don’t use any strips that have seeds in them… you will want to throw away “the core” of the zucchini. The reasoning for this is due to the high water content in the middle. Too much water = mushy, squishy noodles. Yuck!
  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir zucchini in the hot oil for 1 minute. Add water and cook until zucchini is softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. I served my noodles with homemade marinara, but these noodles would be great with any sauce. I am going to try a lemon-garlic sauce next! 🙂

Meatless Monday: Kitchen Sink Scramble (GF)

scrambleKitchen Sink Scramble (GF)
the ingredients:

  • 4 organic eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup orange bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup zucchini, chopped
  • ¼ cup green onions, chooped
  • ¼ cup water (or milk)
  • ½ teaspoon smoked salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil

the method:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the eggs, bell pepper, water, onions, zucchini, salt and pepper.
  2. Pour into a skillet lightly greased with coconut oil. Cook and stir over medium heat until eggs are nearly set.
  3. Add the tomato; cook and stir until eggs are completely set.

Meatless Monday: Grilled Veggies in a Tomato-Cilantro-Turmeric Sauce (V)(GF)

grilled vegGrilled Veggies in a Tomato-Cilantro-Turmeric Sauce (V)(GF)

The ingredients

2 large plum tomatoes, coarsely grated on a box grater
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup pure olive oil
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 tbsp. turmeric
1 lemon, juiced
1 zucchini, sliced
1 red onion, sliced
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
Vegetable oil, for brushing
Salt and freshly ground pepper

the method:

  1. In a food processor, combine the grated tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, turmeric and cilantro. Pulse until smooth. Add the veggies to marinade and coat thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Light a grill. Thread the veggies onto metal skewers (if you’re using bamboo skewers, make sure you soak them for 30 minutes prior to grilling), leaving a small space between each piece. Brush the veggies with vegetable oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred and just cooked through, about 10minutes.
  3. Use extra sauce for dipping. 🙂

Summer Skillet Pasta

So, I’m not a huge fan of zucchini. There’s something about its vibrant color that makes you think you’re biting into a veggie that’s packed full of flavor. It’s actually the same way I feel about eggplant. However, the Whole Foods by my work had the most beautiful zucchini arrangement last week and I couldn’t help but buy one and hope that I that I find a yummy recipe to put it in. Turns out, I did.

I introduce to you, Summer Skillet Pasta. I took this recipe from one on of my favorite blogs, Iowa Girl Eats. Her recipe calls for chicken sausage, but since I am a vegetarian, I decided not to use that ingredient (obvi). I know that there is some yummy vegetarian sausage at every grocery store, and I’m going to be honest with you ­– I was too lazy to get it. In my opinion, omitting that spicy sausage flavor didn’t take away from the dish at all.

This skillet took about 20 minutes to make, so it was perfect. (Did I mention how lazy I was feeling that day?)

Summer Skillet Pasta:

Ingredients:

8 oz penne, dry (or any pasta)
1/2lb spicy chicken sausage
2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1/2 shallot, sliced
1 zucchini, halved and sliced
salt & pepper
10oz cherry tomatoes
fresh basil
Romano or parmesan cheese, if desired

The Method:

1. Heat the skillet over medium and add extra virgin olive oil to the skillet. Add garlic slices and shallots and cook until they start to turn golden brown, about 1 minute. Add zucchini, season with salt and pepper, then saute until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes then place a lid on top of the skillet and allow tomatoes to get hot and tender, about 3 minutes, stirring once or twice.

2. Meanwhile, cook penne in a large pot of salted boiling water. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta cooking water before draining.

3.. Add some of the pasta cooking water to create a sauce and make sure pasta isn’t sticking together Serve topped with torn fresh basil, and grated Romano or Parmesan cheese, if desired.