Making Spirals (Day 34)

It may not seem exciting but turning zucchini into noodles makes ME happy.

It’s always my older daughter who inspires me to use the crazy, unnecessary kitchen tools I own. Last year, she convinced me to start using my juicer regularly and this week she sent me a recipe that required use of my brand new, plastic, low-tech but high-result spiral vegetable cutter (spiralizer.) Since she’s home for Spring break, we made the dish together. Actually, I spiralized and stood in awe at my creation, and she went ahead and made the rest of the meal.

The recipe below, which she found on a cooking blog, originally comes from Better Homes and Gardens.

By the way, if you don’t have a spiralizer (as I imagine many of you don’t,) you can julienne the zucchini.


Garlicky Zucchini Noodles

2 medium zucchini, trimmed

3 Tablespoons walnut or olive oil

6 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and halved lengthwise

1/2 cup walnut pieces

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper

4 thin slices prosciutto, torn

1 medium tart green apple, cored and thinly sliced

4 oz. soft goat cheese

Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini into long thin noodles. Cut noodles into smaller strands, if desired. In a very large skillet heat 2 Tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until just starting to brown. Add zucchini; cook and toss with tongs for 1 minute. Transfer to a serving bowl. Add walnuts to skillet; cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until toasted. Add to bowl with zucchini. Add 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and crushed red pepper; toss to coat. Add remaining oil to skillet. Add prosciutto. Cook 1 minute or until browned and crsip, turning once. Add to zucchini mixture along with apple; toss to combine. Top with goat cheese.

Easy and tasty.


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  1. If I lived in Boston, I would encourage you to open Sara’s Café and serve coffee and all this delicious, healthy stuff to writers. Sara’s Café would have lots of plugs for laptops and a few quiet little nooks. And maybe a bookshelf for dictionaries and thesauruses.

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