Zu-Pasta? Spagh-chini? Zoodles? Whatever, Tasty Neologisms!
Whenever my better-half wings it with meals, there is always some silly name used to punctuate the occasion. You don’t really want to know what we’ve named our imaginary children – but you can be sure it wouldn’t even be approved here, in the land of special snowflakes and their crotchfruit, scarring everybody for life. (thanks, Internet)
Although making up silly names for dishes is completely okay, right?
We were recently gifted with a ton of zucchini from a friend and all I knew what to do with it was make zucchini bread (future post!) so I did what I do best: look to the Internet for assistance. The idea for turning the summer squash into noodles appealed to me most because I really needed a pasta fix. I love pasta far too much for my own good, so any chance to increase my pasta-intake without actual pasta was a step in the right direction.
Using the julienne peeler again, we took two of the biggest zucchinis we had and peeled them lengthwise until we started hitting the seeds. I made long strands and it did take on the look of pasta, although a little more green and wet. We only cooked them for about ten minutes and used a vodka sauce, adding more diced squash and bell peppers to the mix. We also added quinoa for that “ground meat” texture.
In hindsight, we decided that a much lighter sauce would have worked better – the zucchini noodles were very tasty on their own, and we should have made a lot more noodles than we did. (also, we forgot cheese!) That’s the plan for next time!
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I love the sound of “zoodles” – fun to say! Zooooooooodles. What have you (silly or serious) named your own dishes?