Zuchinni Ribbons with Sauce


September 11th. I will never forget my feelings and memory on that day. I had watched the Columbine High School shootings on television and thought then that nothing worse could happen. How wrong I was. My daughter was about 16 months old and was in the living room playing in the sunlight trying to grab the little pieces of dust she could see glittering in the sunlight while I vacuumed. I was watching “Good Morning America” on television as I cleaned. I remember turning as they showed the first tower in flames and wondering what it was.

As I listened to the news and saw people running and the chaos I grew fearful. Watching my daughter playing so innocently and wondering if we were next. At this time they didn’t know what had happened and were only putting together bits and pieces. I cried for the people in New York, the world, and my little family. I tried to get through to my wife but the phone lines were crazy. She would finally get through later in the afternoon for a quick call.

We lit candles that night and for many nights after. We went out into the streets and talked with neighbors in hushed tones. We were nicer to one another. We listened to one another. United States flags were on every home and many cars. We were one. How I miss that feeling. I long for the time when we could talk to each other and listen to each other.

My daughter is very environmentally conscious. She has asked that we try to eat a vegetarian meal a few times a month. I thought I can do that. If you have been a follower of my blog for awhile you may know that I am not a big veggie fan. I will now eat most veggies, looking at you peas and Brussels sprouts, cooked. Raw? Well, spinach, some red pepper, and onions. Yeah, we are still working on that.

So, this was our first attempt at a vegetarian meal.

Verdict: This was okay. Zucchini ribbons do not have the same texture and taste as noodles in any way, shape, or form. I could get them down but it was not enjoyable. Maybe if I eat them more I will get used to it. Fingers crossed. We used homemade spaghetti sauce that we had on hand but I have included a recipe for a simple sauce or you can use your favorite jarred sauce.

I served this with a green side salad and a green vegetable to complete the meal.

Zucchini Ribbons with Sauce

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 3-4 medium zucchini
  • 2 (28 oz) cans tomato sauce or petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • Parmesan cheese, for topping if desired

Directions:

  1. Begin making the sauce so that it has a bit of time to cook down before adding zucchini.
  2. Place tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic powder, onion powder, dried basil, salt and sugar (if desired) into a large sized pot over medium heat. Stir together well. Allow sauce to come to a low simmer and reduce by about 1/3. Taste and adjust spices as necessary.
  3. While sauce is cooking using a wide vegetable peeler cut the zucchini into ribbons. We ended up cutting some of the center into little rounds to make it easier on us for cutting.
  4. When the sauce has reduced and is to your liking add the zucchini noodles and toss gently to coat. After 2-3 minutes check that the zucchini and sauce are warmed through. Remove and serve immediately topped with Parmesan cheese, if desired.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. Great message with this post!
    It does take time but the palette changes as your food does. I find myself craving “zoodles ” now!

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I am looking forward to this challenge. We tried to go all out vegetarian a few years ago and it was short lived. I think this one will be better, gradually. Thanks!

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  2. I really need to use my spiralizer more. Looks delicious. 🍁🍂🌾

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      I don’t have a spiralizer so I used the vegetable peeler to make wider ribbons. I didn’t want to invest in one until I was sure we would use it. I am thinking for heartier veggies it would be nice to have.

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  3. Erika says:

    It is important to me that we are getting some veggie days in every week. It is a health factor in the first place that keeps the joints, organs, and muscles in better shape, and keeps the immune system in a better condition (which is important these times especially).

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Yes! I make sure we have greens (spinach, arugula, etc…) every night in a salad and at least one veggie side but my daughter is really concerned about the environment right now, I think she is looking for something she can control right now. Having a meatless meal I think will help her feel she can help control something. I just need to get creative. 🙂

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      1. Erika says:

        That’s a good point and may be a reason. But Marci, I don’t think that you will experience a lack of creativity. You already are so creative in your meals. It is only another field 😊

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        1. koolaidmoms says:

          Thank you! It is a whole new world!

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          1. Erika says:

            I understand you well. Like if you have to cook glutenfree all of a sudden.

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  4. Carol anne says:

    Yummy! These sound so goood! 😀

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    1. koolaidmoms says:

      Thank you so much!

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