Roasted Spiralized Zucchini

I am sure you all had tried spiralized zucchini…how about roasted spiralized zucchini? It is a great replacement for pasta…just top it with your favorite sauce and you are ready for a healthy meal.

 

I have used spiralized zucchini in so many ways, and most of the time I blanch before topping it with all kind of sauces. Since zucchini contains a lot of water, I thought that roasting it will give this pasta like structure a better texture…and yes, I was right…each strand of zucchini was more pliable and retained more flavor as compared to the blanched ones.

Yes, it is a bit more laborious than just drop the spiralized zucchini into a pot of boiling water, but so worth the extra effort. I hope you get to try this method next time spiralizing zucchini…

Ingredients:

 

 

Method:

Preheat oven to 375F. Place the spiralized zucchini in a medium bowl. Drizzle with olive oil, and toss.

Layer the spiralized zucchini on two baking pans lined with silicone mat. Make sure to spread evenly the spiralized zucchini.

Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly golden. Remove from the oven and divide into two serving bowl. Top it with your favorite pasta sauce. Serve hot.

 

 

If you enjoy this simple recipe using spiralized zucchini, you might want to take a look at Simple Zucchini Ribbons Salad.

 

Did you know that zucchini squash contains more than 90% water? In spite of its high water content, zucchini is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and manganese.

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Zucchini Noodles with Sausage Sauce

Have you ever tried making meat sauce with sausage meat? If the answer is no…you must give this a try…

This is a simple version of meat sauce…I just peeled the “skin” from the fresh Italian sausage and use as a “ground” meat.  The advantage is that the fresh Italian sausage is packed with flavors, therefore you will end up with a very tasty meat sauce.  Make sure to caramelized the garlic, onion and the meat…you will be amazed of the deep enhanced flavors.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh Italian sausage
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 8 oz cremini mushroom, sliced
  • 1 jar marinara sauce, 25oz
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  • Olive oil, if needed
  • 3 large zucchini spiralized

Method:

Remove the casing from the sausage and crumble the meat into a pan over medium heat.  Sauté, and break all the large chunks, until all the meat opaque. Add the garlic and onion and a little olive oil if the meat looks dry.

Stir until the onion and garlic are caramelized and the meat is brown. Add the sliced mushrooms and the tomato sauce.  Bring to simmer until the sauce is thick.

In the meantime blanch the spiralized zucchini. Drain well and divide into serving bowls.

Scoop the sausage sauce on the zucchini noodles and top with grated Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

I hope you enjoy this low carb recipe using zucchini as your “pasta”.

Did you know that zucchini are low in calories and it skin is a great source of dietary fiber?

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Simple Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Have you ever had a pizza crust made with cauliflower? You will be amazed by using simply using grated cauliflower is able to produce a crispy like thin pizza crust.

This week I want to share with you a recipe that has been populating many cooking websites, because it is a way to replace carbohydrates and it is gluten free…pizza crust using grated cauliflower…which for convenience I used one that is sold at Trader Joe’s, but feel free to grate your own head of cauliflower.

The crust is so simple to make and yes, crispy and delicious…so good that you will not miss the flour in this crust. It was so funny when I told my husband that I used cauliflower to make the pizza crust he asked me back “What is cauli flour? What kind of grain is that?” I just laughed and had to explain to him that was cauliflower, “you know the vegetable that looks like an albino broccoli?”

My husband and I really enjoyed it…if you had not tried, please go ahead and try it!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of coarsely chopped cauliflower
  • ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup shredded or grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place the grated cauliflower into a bowl and cover with paper towel. Microwave it for about 8 minutes until cooked.

Let it cool and squeeze out the water out of the cauliflower, as much as possible with paper towels. The less water crispier the crust will be.

Mash the cauliflower and add the cheeses, dry oregano, egg, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.

Divide the cauliflower dough into 4 portions. Cover a mini pizza pan with parchment paper. Pour cauliflower “dough” on the mini pizza pan and shape into pizza crust. Alternatively you can place the cauliflower dough on a large baking sheet.

Place mini pizza pan in oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Add your favorite sauce, cheese, toppings and color it the way you like it!

Place the “dressed” pizza under broiler until cheese is hot and bubbly.

Serve hot.

If cauliflower is your “thing” you might want to check on Simple Air Fried Cauliflower or Nutritious Black Rice Bowl with sausage and cauliflower recipes.

 

Did you know that in spite of the lack of color, cauliflower is a rich source of vitamin C? Moreover, because of its absence of starch, cauliflower is a great ingredients for low carb dieters.

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