Recipe of the Week – ZOODLES!
How fun is the word Zoodles? I swear I told everyone and their dog that my recipe of the week was Zoodles. One of our members, Erika, sent this recipe to me and since I’ve always wanted an excuse to buy a spiralizer, I jumped at the chance to try cooking up these Zoodles! This recipe was easy, only used one pan and was so delicious that I didn’t even notice I was eating only veggies.
1 lb (453 gr) medium size shrimp, peeled and de-veined.
2 tablespoons of ghee
4 crushed garlic cloves (or 8, according to taste)
Sea salt and pepper to taste.
2 large zucchinis (or 4 medium zucchinis) – spiralized
1 or 2 medium sized bell peppers
1 handful of cherry tomatoes, cut in half.
2 crushed garlic cloves (to taste)
1/2 cup rough-chopped fresh basil leaves.
1, or 1.5 jar of Marinara Pasta Sauce
Erika’s note: I like the WF 365 Organic plain Marinara Pasta Sauces because these two appears to be sugar and soy free. Of course, you can also make your own marinara sauce or buy any other brand.
1 tablespoon of ghee
1 or 2 pinch of coarse salt
Black pepper (to taste)
crushed red pepper flakes
I substituted chicken sausage for the shrimp, mostly because I did my grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s and they don’t have fresh seafood there. I also used Kerry Gold butter instead of ghee, because I forgot to buy ghee at the store. I’m sure olive oil would work fine if you didn’t want to use butter!
First step, chop up the pepper and tomatoes and spiralize the zucchini! (I used this spiralizer – worked great!) I’ve learned in my cooking that it works better if I have all the pieces of the meal ready to go. When I don’t, things end up burnt or overcooked and nobody wants that!
Next, I cooked the sausage in a little butter + garlic. Once that was cooked I removed the sausage from pan and set it aside in a separate bowl.
After I removed the sausage from the pan, I sauteed the peppers in the same pan until they were about halfway done. I added the tomatoes and zoodles and stirred everything around until the veggies were pretty al dente. I hate soggy vegetables so I air on the side of slightly undercooked, always!
Once the veggies + zoodles were ready, I added the sausage and marinara sauce to the pan and let it sit on a low simmer for just a few minutes.
I added the chopped basil right before serving – leaving out the red pepper flakes because I’m a wimp when it comes to spice and decided I didn’t want any extra spice in the dish.
You guys, this dish was so good! I didn’t even miss the regular noodles. I think next time I make this, I will definitely be adding more vegetables and try it with shrimp instead of sausage. Another item worth noting is that even the leftovers the next day were good – which is HUGE for me, I can’t even tell you. I hate leftovers. I decided to give this a try on the second day and I was pleasantly surprised.
What have you guys been cooking up in your kitchens recently? Let me know in the comments – I love recipe submissions and would love to try what you guys are cooking!