Zucchini is the New Pasta: Low Carb Meal Ideas


Anything pasta can do, zucchini can do better!  That is, when you’re eating healthy, increasing vegetables, and reducing carbs.

Whenever I feel like having spaghetti, or my family is having spaghetti, I make my own zucchini noodles.  It’s so easy to do, and to me, is tastes just as good as the real thing.

I make my “noodles” with the cheese grater.  You can also get a special tool to do the trick.  My mom recently got the Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Cutter (you can get it at Bed, Bath & Beyond: http://bit.ly/1Dr7TAb), which makes the zucchini even more rounded, like spaghetti noodles.

The way I do it: after washing the zucchini and cutting off the ends, I lay the grater tower down on its side, and slide the zucchini over it lengthwise (to get long strips).


Zucchini grated with cheese grater
Cook grated zucchini in pan with olive oil (and season with garlic powder and black pepper)
Cooked zucchini noodles that were grated with the cheese grater
Cooked zucchini noodles cooked grated with Veggetti

Toppings for zucchini noodles:

Traditional Meat (ground turkey) sauce or tomato sauce (pictured at the top of this page) – just brown the ground beef or turkey and add your favorite tomato sauce.


Olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and black olives


Shrimp Scampi – shrimp sauteed in olive oil and butter, with garlic, parsley and black pepper

Other suggestions: pesto sauce; Alfredo sauce; carbonara (some pancetta or bacon, grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese, pepper, parsley and garlic); any other topping or ingredients that are served on/in pasta.

Related post: http://mommylolo.com/2015/07/21/some-of-my-favorite-healthy-low-carb-go-to-meals-snacks-etc/


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