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Posted by Grant on June 24th, 2014

Recipe: Alternate Pasta

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One of the most highly processed foods today is pasta, even the ones marketed as whole grain and healthy are highly processed and it is worth considering removing them from your diet, but, I'm sure many of you agree that life just wouldn't be the same without pasta. The recipe that follows is made by using a gadget that will make long noodles out of squash (zucchini). When done right, the zucchini can be cooked to el dante, and it absorbs the flavors of the sauce really well, and isn't that the real reason for enjoying pasta? Check out the table below on the number of calories in each of the pasta's including the zucchini, and keep in mind how many natural vitamins and minerals are in the unaltered zucchini. 

Ingredient (1 cup cooked) net carbohydrates total calories
Regular pasta 40g 220
Whole grain pasta 31g 174
Zucchini pasta strings 4g 29


Marsha loves, and uses the gadgets she has in her kitchen, and is always on the lookout for more that she can use to get things done quicker and for experimentation. This handy gadget, called a spiral slicer, can cost less than $20. It turns a zucchini into pasta strings in minutes, and is easy to clean up. You can order them online if you search for 'spiral slicer'. Many kitchen stores also carry them.

The recipe below can be made totally from scratch if you have the time, or super quick by having a jar of organic marinara sauce in the pantry and some already grated cheeses in the fridge.

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

2 medium sized zucchini squash (alternately, use 1 green and 1 yellow squash)

1 tablespoon olive oil

Quick and Easy Sauce
1 jar organic marinara sauce (with no added sugar)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped finely (optional)
1 pound organic ground beef (preferably grass fed)
1-2 cups of grated cheese, preferably Italian blend

Home made Sauce
3-4 medium to large tomatoes
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped finely
Italian spices of your choice; tarragon, oregano, thyme etc.
1 medium yellow onion, chopped finely (optional)
1 pound organic ground beef (preferably grass fed)
1-2 cups of grated cheese, can be any or all of romano, asiago, parmesan, cheddar

Spiral unit

Use the gadget to turn the 2 zucchini's into pasta strings. Set the strings onto paper towel, or a towel and pat the strings dry.

garlic and herbs

If you are making the sauce from scratch, make the sauce first. Heat a fry pan to medium heat then add a tablespoon of coconut oil (or equivalent amount of butter or half of each). Add chopped garlic and fresh herbs. Cook for a few minutes until the garlic starts to turn brown. Add all of the tomatoes and your choice of spices. Cook and stir until the tomatoes reduce into a sauce. Remove the sauce to a bowl and put the pan back on to medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and the onion and fry until it starts to soften. Next add the beef and fry until it is cooked, breaking the beef up into bit size pieces.

After the meat is cooked, dump the sauce (either the home made or the store bought) into the meat mixture and stir while heating for a couple of minutes.

Fry pasta strings

In a separate medium to large fry pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and turn onto medium heat. Allow it to heat slightly, but do not burn the oil. Depending on the size of the fry pan, add enough of the pasta strings to cover the bottom of the fry pan. Heat the zucchini strings for 1-2 minutes. Heating for too long with soften the zucchini and make is mushy.

Put as much pasta stings as you like on your plate, then cover with the sauce, then with the grated cheese. Quick, easy, and let's not forget the healthy part too!
pasta onto plate add cheese Serve dinner

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  • Posted by Marsha on July 7th, 2014 at 8:15 a.m.
    I need to do a blog on just gadgets. I have some fun ones. Do you?
  • Posted by Grant on June 25th, 2014 at 10:09 a.m.
    I bought ours online, it is a Joyce Chen model and it was on sale. You can usually find them in kitchen gadget stores, and many of the department stores that have a kitchen section.
  • Posted by Eileen on June 25th, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.
    Oh, and where do you get the handy. Little gadget ?
  • Posted by Eileen peisert on June 25th, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.
    Thanks so much for posting this recipe! I had seen this idea before but had forgotten about it . We have been trying different gluten free pastas and some just seem so heavy. I like the light ness of this "pasta" ;-) Thanks again !

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