Zucchini is the New Pasta: Low Carb Meal Ideas

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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).

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

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Olive oil, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts and black olives

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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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