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