Zucchini Noodles

A couple of weeks ago I came up with the amazing and revolutionary idea to make zucchini noodles. While I’m more than certain that many people before me have done this very thing, it still felt like my idea. ūüôā While this post doesn’t contain an actual recipe, I’m going to share with you how I made my zucchini noodles. Perhaps it will inspire you as well!

I took my Pampered Chef julienne peeler (a birthday gift last year that I’ve used many, many times!) and cut down the length of a washed and trimmed zucchini, creating zucchini “noodles.” Once I’d sliced all my zucchinis into noodles, I placed the lovely green pile into a fine mesh colander and salted them with about 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (the salt draws out some of the water from the zucchini).

Then I left it to drain for about 30 minutes, squeezing out the excess moisture before sauteing in a little butter and olive oil for about 5 minutes. I seasoned them with a little more salt, pepper, and Italian spices before topping the noodles off with caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, a little sausage, and marinara sauce. It was delicious! I might even like it better then the pasta. And, if you’re a spaghetti noodle twirler, zucchini noodles will twirl around your fork too!

If you too would like to make zucchini noodles and don’t yet have a julienne peeler, I highly recommend you get one. ūüôā It’s a small gadget, but well worth the space it will take up next to your vegetable peeler. I also like to use it to matchstick carrots for salads or stir-fries (they cook up much more quickly!).

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Weekend Fare & Foodie Fridays

We enjoyed a yummy Asian Noodle Dish this week! I adapted it from a recipe I found and it was kind of lo-mein style dish. Everyone liked it – I would have added a few more chili flakes but kept it mild for the kids. This is super easy and very quick to prepare! It’s also a very flexible recipe, you could substitute whatever type of meat and vegetables you prefer.

ASIAN NOODLES
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8 ounces of dried Asian noodles
1 bunch broccoli
1/2-3/4 c. sliced carrots
5 green onions, chopped
1/2 tsp. dried ginger or 2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons oil
2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
juice of 1/2 lemon
pinch of chili flakes (more if you like it spicy)
salt and pepper to taste

Cook the noodles according to the directions on their package.  Drain and keep warm until ready to toss into stir-fry mix.

Wash and chop vegetables (leave broccoli in small-medium florets and peel and cut stem) and cut chicken into chunks.

Heat a large skillet or wok over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil and chicken.  Stir-fry it for a few minutes until golden, then move the chicken onto a plate.

Put the garlic, ginger, and vegetables EXCEPT green onions, in the frying pan with a little more oil.  Stir-fry them for 5-6 minutes, turning them all the time.  Add the chicken, green onions, and drained noodles.  Mix everything together.

Blend the soy sauce and lemon juice together, then pour over chow mein mixture.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Cook for 2 more minutes to heat through. Enjoy!  

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Weekend Fare: Soup Pot

As I’ve mentioned before, soup is one of my favorite meals. It nearly always tastes even better leftover and it is so comforting which makes it perfect for weekend cooking! One soup I don’t think of nearly often enough is Chicken Noodle. I would submit that it should not be reserved only for illness but¬†rather that it should be enjoyed just because. It’s delicious, it’s easy, and it’s family-friendly. I love chopping up leftover chicken and using it this way.

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP
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2 Tb. butter
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 med. onion, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
12 c. liquid (I use 8 c. chicken stock and 4 c. water)
2 lg. potatoes, diced
2-3 c. cooked chicken, chopped
1/2 lb. egg noodles
1 Tb. dried parsley (or 1/4 c. chopped fresh)
salt & pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, saute celery, onion, and carrots in butter until onions are translucent. Add liquid and then the potatoes and chicken. Bring to a simmer. Add noodles (I use medium width) and parsley; continue cooking soup until potatoes and carrots are tender and noodles are fully cooked Рprobably 15-20 minutes but it depends on the noodles. Season to taste.

Serve with bread, biscuits, crackers, or muffins.