Ok, all you rocket scientists out there . . .go sit down! We won’t be needing you for this one!
Speaking of rocket scientists, my friend, Jen, really is a rocket scientist and she used to tell me that rocket science is not really that hard. Just sayin.
Tis the season for healthy eating (until Super Bowl (YUM!!!) and Valentine’s Day. Chocolate=Love). Ya see, I used to eat healthy a lot. I don’t know what the trigger was, but a couple months ago I started drinking a soda everyday after lunch (and I haven’t drank soda for 10 years!!!) And the caffeine would have me feeling motivated all afternoon and most of the evening. I had to kick that habit over the Christmas holiday and it was miserable. I felt like a zombie, headaches, blah.
Gluten-free eating is an epidemic these days, and there’s no doubt that GMO grains are not good for our bodies, and it’s important to remember that many store-bought products (cookies, cakes, bread, pasta, just to name a few) are loaded with preservatives and additives. So I’m never sure whether it’s the chemicals or the gluten that makes people feel bad. Probably both. I’ve tried minimizing gluten in my diet and it seems to help me lose weight (especially when most of my gluten intake involves butter, sugars and chocolate?), but as far as energy levels and focus go, I don’t think it affects me too much, unless I overdo it (I flipping love homemade pasta!!! and cookies!!! Oh, and cupcakes!!!). Eating lotsa junk just makes me tired! Of course, you have to listen to your own body. If you have brain fog, weird little bumpy rashes, strangely rough elbows and gastrointestinal distress after eating gluten, then lay off of it, for Pete’s sake. Your body may be telling you enough!!! Here’s an article from WebMD: Gluten Intolerance.
The key to true food happiness is veggies. I had to get back into them, hard core! And after a week I can feel my old mojo coming back. Good bye soda, hello veggies. Eating veggies makes me feel happy, energetic and focused. A good night of uninterrupted sleep helps too, but that’s for a time when Joss isn’t relearning how to sleep in her OWN BED ALL NIGHT >>>hello dark circles (please advise).
I was hoping Santa would bring me a Kitchenaid Spiralizer attachment (linked) . . .but Mom took care of it! Thanks, Mom! I love this attachment gadget. I do believe this contraption will peel a boatload of potatoes, a bushel of apples and take care of slicing them or spiraling them, thick or thin . . . all at the same time and in record time! It’s easy to use – I read the QuickStart Guide and had it rolling in less than a coupla minutes the very first time. Click the link to Amazon above and watch the 2 1/2 minute video to see exactly how easy it is to use.
If you don’t have a Kitchenaid mixer, you can also use a countertop spiralizer (linked) or handheld spiralizer (linked!). Most range between $10 and $20. I have not used these, so I chose two best sellers.
I was super sad that I only one zucchini left to zoodle. This gizmo makes eating veggies just so much fun, I had to beat feet to the market to get 4 more zucchinis. I’m thinking pesto zoodles, zoodles in a parmesan cream sauce, chicken stir fry with zoodles, pepper beef with zoodles. I’m just cuckoo for zoodles.
I used zucchini with the medium and thin spiralizer blade. There are 5 blades in the kit and they come in a handy box that sits flat on the counter, the lid lifts to reveal all the blades in a styrofoam tray that keeps all the pieces in place and will last for years! I wish all my attachments had that amazing box! My other attachments are all a jumble in their boxes!
I can’t wait to try the peeler!!!
Cut the zucchini in half, then cut off the ends. Spiralizing the zucch took three parts of the kit, the big metal C clamp, the blade, which just slides down in and the gripper, at the mixer end. It’s nothing to assemble. The hub in the front of the Kitchenaid has not been changed since 1910, so there’s no special model you need to order. As far as Kitchenaid attachments go, it’s one size fits all (not true about bowls and beater blades because there are several different sizes of mixers, from 4 1/2 qt to 7 qt).
Slide the zucch onto the veggie skewer, then turn the mixer on and the blade rolls right back. There is about 1/4 of an inch of the zucchini that doesn’t get used. The video says you can use it on speed 6!!! That’s some pretty speedy zoodling. I used mine on the stir setting at first, then cranked it up to 4 the second time.
Buy this attachment, bring over your mixer and we’ll have a zoodle race.
These are the larger cut:
These are the smaller:
One zucchini looks like a lot, but once cooked, there will be much less.
Heat up the cast iron skillet and drizzle with EVOO. Once hot, toss is the zoodles, salt and pepper. Do not overload the skillet or your zoodles will become too mushy. You’ll never know the peeling is still on there and it adds fiber. Eat it! The longer you cook them, the softer they will be. I cooked mine al dente, of course. Took about 3 – 4 minutes; I flipped them around with some tongs.
The zoodles do tend to shrivel or shrink or something when they’re cooked, so make sure you zoodle enough!
Add homemade Simple Tomato Sauce (linked) (I’ll also repost below). This is my sauce from those masses of tomatoes that I processed this fall, right before our camping trip (linked). I added a little dried oregano from my herb garden, half of a can of tomato paste, a couple teaspoons of sugar and freshly shredded parmesan cheese. Only the best for you and your family.
Gluten-free and vegetarian. And divine.
We love our zoodles and our Kitchenmaid spiralizer (linked)!!! You need one!!!
I hope you enjoyed reading about zoodling, now I’m moving onto the butternut squash. Bring on the squoodling!!!!
Happy, healthy weekend love from,
The Zoodler Soon to be Squoodler on Foggy FMR
Whether you zoodle using the Kitchenaid Spiralizer attachment or a handheld, you'll absolutely love these gluten-free zucchini spirals that taste amazing in my Homemade Simple Tomato Sauce, which can be made from fresh or canned tomatoes. Let's Zoodle!
- Prep Time : 10 minutes
- Cook Time : 20 minutes
- Yield : for a family
- 2 zucchinis, cut in half, ends removed
- salt and pepper - to taste
- drizzle of EVOO, 1 tsp
- Simple Tomato Sauce
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced or crushed
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 tsp EVOO
- 1 - 28 oz can of organic crushed tomatoes - with garlic and basil (if possible)
- 1 - 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
- 4 - 6 Tbsp sugar - to taste
- 1 - 6 oz can of tomato paste - to thicken, optional
- 1/2 tsp salt - to taste
- 1/2 tsp pepper - to taste
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- sprinkle of red pepper flakes
- fresh or dried herbs - rosemary, oregano, basil, parsley - to taste - about 1 tsp each
- Make the zoodles using the Kitchenaid Spiralizer attachment or a handheld or countertop spiralizer.
2. Melt the butter and heat the EVOO in a large skillet.
3. Saute the garlic til fragrant - about 30 seconds. Pour in the tomatoes, add the sugar, salt, pepper and bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally.
4. Dice the herbs, then add to the bubbly sauce and continue cooking for about 5 - 10 minutes.
5. Taste and tweak. Serve over hot pasta or use as a pizza sauce. Also freezes very well! Enjoy!!!