Before I started the paleo diet, I ate pasta maybe once a week or once every other week. However, as soon as my body knows it can’t have something, it wants it! I was craving for pasta–or a pasta-like substance. I then discovered you can have pasta dishes while on the paleo diet; you just have to switch up the ingredients a bit!
Although, I used the recipe found below, you can use your favorite pasta/spaghetti recipe and replace the noodles with zucchini. Also, while I was researching pasta options, some suggested to used butternut squash spaghetti. I haven’t tried this, but if someone is successful with it let me know! 🙂
The original recipe also called for the zucchini to be cut into julienne strips; I had to research this, and I found while you can use a mandolin cutting device (which has a super sharp and scary blade, and was not effective for me) or you can simply refer to this youtube video about how to cut food into julienne strips with a good kitchen knife (takes a little more time, but super easy!).
1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil (I used olive oil because it is cheaper, and I didn’t have coconut oil at the time)
2 large zucchini, cut into julienne strips (Depending on the number of people you are serving, I would say to use 3-4 or even 5 zucchini because just imagine how much pasta you serve when making spaghetti. I bought organic zucchini at Kroger that were relatively inexpensive, but I found the non-organic zucchini were larger and may work better.)
1 tsp garlic, minced (Easy enough…just keep garlic on hand)
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped (Again, easy enough. Keep basil–as a staple spice on hand–or I’m trying to keep a basil plant alive so I have it fresh….its not looking too good right now.)
1 pound ground chicken, turkey, or beef (grass-fed preferred)– (I was able to find grass-fed ground beef at Kroger–love me some Kroger–for about $5 a pound, and it was fresh and tasty too! Laura Lean is the brand, and they also do grass-fed chicken as well.)
2 cups Homemade Veggie Tomato Sauce (I do not have the time, energy, or bank account to make the original recipe’s homemade sauce. I may try it when I have free time and extra money, but I bought an organic tomato sauce at…..you guessed it! Kroger! Only $.59 a can! Again fresh and tasty!)
Additional fresh basil for topping pasta (As long as my basil plant is living)
-Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place zucchini and garlic in skillet and heat until zucchini is slightly softened. In the last 30 seconds toss with fresh basil. (This does not take long at all! You will need to watch the consistency to make sure you don’t over cook it.)
-In a separate skillet cook meat of choice until cooked through, making sure to crumble into small pieces. Once meat is cooked through mix in tomato sauce and stir to combine. (At this point, you could add any additional tasty treats you want like mushrooms–yum!)
– To plate dish, place zucchini “noodles” in bowl or plate and then top with meat sauce and sprinkle with additional basil.
Happy eating! Hope this cures any pasta cravings you may have!