Midterms are over and Spring Break is finally here for me! This afternoon was the first time I had any free time to actually cook (a lot) in the past few weeks! I was very excited because my Paderno Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer finally came in the mail on Thursday morning. Paderno’s spiralizer can turn basically any vegetable or fruit into a noodle. Spiralizers are awesome because you can replace just about any starch you would normally use with a veggie! You can read up more on exactly what spiralizing is and a why its so awesome on one of my favorite blogs – Inspiralized . This blog is all about spiralizing and has a ton of amazing recipes that I am SO excited to finally be able to try out!
I wasn’t sure exactly what to make for my first spiralized recipe.. I knew I was going to make zucchini noodles, but I wasn’t sure exactly what to pair them with. I basically just grabbed whatever I found in my pantry.. and the result was an AMAZING creation!! It took me about 2 minutes to make the zucchini noodles, and another 10 to cook the remaining ingredients. This was so simple, but so delicious!
Tomato-Basil Zucchini Noodles
3 medium zucchini’s spiralized into noodles
Container of cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 clove garlic, chopped finely
1 can Nature’s Promise Organic Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
Small can of sliced black olives (drained and rinsed.. this could be optional but I thought they were yummy!)
5-10 fresh leaves of basil, chopped
In a large frying pan heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add in halved cherry tomatoes. Simmer on low until the tomatoes start to wilt (1-2 minutes). The tomatoes will have created somewhat of a sauce. Add in chopped garlic, simmer for another minute. Add in chickpeas and olives and zucchini noodles. Cook for about 1 minute, or until zucchini is cooked to your liking. Top with chopped basil leaves.
I barely cooked my noodles. I don’t like mushy vegetables or pasta, and since zucchini has the tendency to lose its firmness very easily, I was careful when I cooked the noodles. I just tossed mine lightly with the other ingredients until they were warm. The noodles cook very quick so just watch them and make sure you don’t overdo them!
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