I swear my life has a soundtrack. Songs that play in my head at random moments. Tonight I hear, “cause sometimes you’re shown the light in the strangest of places, if you look at it right.” The Dead.
I can’t actually recall the name of the song. And I for sure know it has nothing to do with, well, zucchini.
Yes, I said zucchini.
To me the lyric is about taking a different approach, looking at things a different way to get a new result. Like the scene from Dead Poets where Robin Williams has the students stand on their desks to get a different perspective.
Translate that to the world of a 3-year old and 5-year old and it means making the zucchini look like something different so that they will try it. And guess what? It worked! More than worked. It was a hit. “I love the noodles.”, “These noodles are delicious”. And CLEAN plates!!!!
What’s the secret? I spiralized and made zucchini noodles. I’ve rolled my eyes at the thought in the past. But needing creative ways to use my CSA haul, I’ve ventured to uncharted territory. I got the Kitchenaid attachment and spiralized 3 zucchini. Add a little butter, garlic, parm and fresh basil, and VOILA! A miracle, also known as zoodles or zucchini noodles.
Now, one question. How in the heck do I spiralize broccoli??????
PS I served it with a Griggstown chicken that I grilled on a rotisserie and an arugula and beet salad with local goat cheese (all CSA fare). Thank you Dreyer Farms!
- 3 medium zucchini, spiralized (you can buy them already cut at Whole Foods)
- 2 Tbsp. butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated, plus more for garnish
- 8 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute for about 1 minute. Don't let the butter or garlic brown.
- Add the zucchini and sprinkle with a bit of salt. Saute, stirring frequently, for about 2 minutes. Add the cheese and toss for another minute.
- Remove from heat and toss in the basil. Adjust seasoning if needed.
- Garnish with additional cheese to serve.