Pasta Alternative: Zucchini Noodles

zucchini_noodlesI’ve been seeing this pasta alternative Zucchini Noodles on a couple of other food sites and had to try it. But first, I had to find the tool. It’s called a julienne peeler and I found mine at Bed Bath & Beyond. It looks like this:

mak-200515_2Like spaghetti squash, it doesn’t taste exactly like pasta, but it is a healthy side dish that’s a really good gluten-free, low-carb substitute. And once you season it and eat it with your protein, you’ll forget that it’s not real pasta. Well, maybe you will, but you’ll feel good after eating zucchini and your body will thank you.

How to Cook

  1. Wash your zucchini and shred noodles using your julienne peeler.
  2. Blanch in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil or butter, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if you wish.
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Pasta Alternative: Spaghetti Squash

This was the first time I’ve eaten Spaghetti Squash. It doesn’t exactly taste like pasta but it is a pretty good substitute (gluten-free and lower carb). The first bite took me by surprise because it’s sweet. I wasn’t expecting that. By the time I was half way done with my meal, I didn’t even notice that I was eating squash instead of spaghetti, especially if you load on the cheese. You can pretend it’s really pasta you’re eating. Best part… you don’t feel full like you’re gonna bust out of your pants! 🙂

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash by Microwave

  1. Poke about 5-6 times with a fork.
  2. Cook on high for about 12 minutes (rotating every 3 minutes) or until the skin gives.
  3. Let cool. Remove seeds. Scrape spaghetti with a fork.

Below is what happened to my spaghetti squash because I failed to check to see if the squash was tender enough to open by hand. BAM! 🙂

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash in the Oven

  1. Pre-heat oven at 375˚ F.
  2. Poke the squash about 5-6 times with a fork and place in baking dish.
  3. Cook for about 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until flesh is tender.
  4. Let cool. Remove seeds. Scrape spaghetti with a fork.