There’s only one thing this girly girl likes to twirl more than a giant party skirt, and that’s a fork full of spaghetti. If I could have one wish granted from a genie it would be that all carbs would be calorie free, and if the genie told me that was greedy, I would happily accept pasta as my calorie free carb of choice. Or pizza? No, I’m gonna stick with pasta. But alas, I don’t have a magic lamp to rub, so it looks like I am sh*t outta luck.
There is nothing comparable to a big old bowl of starchy spaghetti, but there are alternatives. Don’t worry; I’m not getting all “hippie dippie tofu fake spaghetti” on you. Yes, that is a real term. But, I am forgoing the flour for something a little more figure friendly. Zucchini, if cut properly can transform into silky strands of spaghetti. How you ask? Let me tell you – the solution is simple and it’s just one word – Julienne. Julienne is a type of knife cut in which the food is cut into long thing strips. These thin strips usually resemble shoe strings. But if you ask me, spaghetti sounds way more desirable than shoe strings any day of the week. The easiest way to julienne cut your zucchini is to use a mandolin. But since the good ones are really expensive and slightly dangerous, they aren’t the most popular kitchen appliance for the average Joe. Of course, I have another solution for you – a julienne peeler. Not only is this little tool effective, it is totally reasonable. At $8, it would be silly not to buy this easy to use utensil. And of course, there is always the option of practicing your knife skills and cutting these bad boys by hand.
No matter the tool to get the job done, the once average zucchini is now spaghetti, and that’s seriously magical. If you thought skinny and spaghetti didn’t go together before, think again. This recipe will fill you up and trim you down.
Skinny Spaghetti (serves 2)
4 medium-large zucchini
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of tomato sauce
Prepare a large bowl of ice water. (Once the zucchini is cooked, it will need to be cooled down immediately to stop the cooking process.) Boil a large pot of heavily salted water. When the water is boiling, add the julienne cut zucchini for 1 minute. Remove immediately and place into the ice bath for 1 minute. While the zucchini is cooling off in the ice bath, heat 1 cup of your favorite tomato sauce. You can use my recipe for a chunky tomato sauce, or use a jar of your favorite! Once the zucchini is cool and the sauce is hot, add the zucchini to the pot and toss in the sauce. Serve with some grated parmesan or mozzarella.