Two of my favorite substitutes for pasta are spaghetti squash and “zoodles” (spiralized zucchini). Don’t get me wrong…I still love my pasta. I just don’t have it daily anymore!
Interestingly enough, I didn’t even think I liked zucchini. I don’t like it raw and I don’t like it just chunked into mixed veggies and sautéed. BUT, I LOVE it spiralized…go figure.
I bought this cheap little “as-seen-on-tv” gadget at Walmart a long time ago and although I do want to upgrade to a better one, it does the trick with thinner zucchini. I think it was like $9. And, you can make 2 different sizes of “noodles” with it.
My go-to recipe with zoodles is just to sautéed the zoodles with sweet onion (love my Walla Walla Sweets!) in some EVOO and then add a can of diced tomatoes (usually the garlic flavored ones) and then a can or two of Rotel tomatoes for some spice. Then, I just throw shrimp in at the very end and voila! I don’t do “low carb” BUT it is a low carb meal and it’s delish! I love to add crushed red pepper flakes at the end just for good hotness measure.
So, do yourself a favor and try zoodles if you never have! And, even if you think you don’t like zucchini….like I did!