So, if you are familiar with paleo, then you of course know that pasta is a big NO NO! This includes white pasta, wheat pasta, & actually some gluten-free varieties! We all love it, but unfortunately it doesn’t love us back, which is why we can’t be friends, sad, i know! =( Besides for the fact that its high carb, high calorie, & pretty much empty of any nutrients…it also can hurt our digestion & spike our insulin (yikes!), leading to energy crashes & weight gain….I’m sure you all know the deal!!!! UGH!! What do we do?!?!?! I’m italian….I mean, pasta 5 nights a week was not unheard of, so lets talk substitutes!!
Zoodles!! (aka zucchini noodles)
YES!!!!! Looks like pasta right?!? Love these! I call them “zoodles” so Paige thinks they actually are pasta! SHH! She has no idea, so these are totally kid approved! I shred them with a julienne & either cook them in some olive oil in a pan for a couple of minutes or drop them into boiling water for a few!!! Drain them, squeeze out water (don’t burn yourself) & top with sauce! Or you can get creative & try these dishes!
Zoodles with Grape Tomatoes, Broccoli & Garlic
Zoodles with Chicken, Bacon, Peas, Garlic & a teeeennny bit of cheese 😉
Probably the easiest thing anyone can make. Cut in half, scoop out guts, microwave for about 20 minutes, then shred with fork! Piece of cake! (*Tip: I like to shred it right into a strainer & leave it there until it cools, otherwise it tends to get watery!) They hold up so well & again, you can put whatever you want on them! Sauce, olive oil & veggies, whatever!
&& my dinner for tonight…. Spaghetti Squash topped with Sausage, Onions, Spinach & Garlic, drizzle with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Rosemary! YUM!
& my final favorite!
EASY, EASY, EASY! Less work than throwing a box of penne in boiling water! I know what you’re thinking….kelp?!? Like from the ocean kelp?!? YEP! An edible seaweed with almost no carbohydrates, sugar, or fat, how can you go wrong?? They actually contain 15% of your daily CALCIUM! Crazy!
To prepare: Remove from package, soak in a bowl of water for about 10 minutes of so. It helps to soften the noodles. I then use them mostly for a stir-fry type dish! They’d be awesome in soups too! They have almost no flavor, so whatever you cook them in, it picks up that flavor!
Chicken & Kelp Noodle Stir-Fry ….. pure amazingness. Don’t be afraid to try these babies!
So I’m sure you can see how my pasta desperation evolved….but look at all of these awesome dishes, super low carb & good for you & your belly!!!! Safe to say my pasta is not coming from a box these days! Anybody interested in any of these recipes just give me a shout! Leave a comment or find me on facebook =) https://www.facebook.com/amy.mckechnie.902
Bye Bye for now ! =)