The mr. calls them the beached whales of the garden. One day you have these nice little green gems growing in the garden. You see them from a distance and think, "Oh look at those squash, those are oh so lovely" and then you look away. Maybe you leave and let them grow for a day or two. Then when you come back to look, they have turned into humongous squash that, in fact, look like giant green beached whales.
We have been eating a lot of those beached whale these past few weeks..
Take yesterday for example. I made zucchini bread, zucchini relish, zucchini pickles and these here zucchini noodles. And that was before I went to the garden and picked 4 more. And today is farm share pick up which means I'll be receiving at least another 8-12 squash. And did I mention that there are currently 6 large zucchini sitting on my table.
My new life motto as of lately is ….When life gives you zucchini.. just eat the shit out of them.
These noodles are by far, one of the easiest, and most delicious ways to use up a butt load of zucchini. And you can do it every day. I know people that eat pasta like 5 time a week so I don't think it's that weird to be eating zucchini noodles every night. The mr. well he is eating them like a champ. For a guy that really likes his pasta, he really likes when I make these noodle. And as he said last night, "who wouldn't like a bowl of carb free noodles that taste amazing and you can eat as much as you want and not feel like car?". My responses was," maybe some asshole? I don't know"
So yeah, zucchini noodles is where its at.
The stuff. 2 big zucchinis, a large tomato, a few cloves of garlic, a lemon (or just some lemon juice) and a handful of fresh basil. Also grab a little olive oil and the and salt and pepper.
Firstly, turn you squash into noodles. Do it anyway you like.. I used my mandolin slicer to cut "spaghetti" but you can use a julienne slicer, a noodle maker, or even a box grater. Once made, set noodles aside.
Now chop tomato into chunks and mince garlic. Add to a large skillet with a drizzle of olive oil. Place on medium heat, mix around and cook for a few minutes unit garlic becomes fragrant and the tomatoes are soften.
Now add in the noodles. Just toss right into the pan with the galic and tomatoes. Add a splash of water, the juice of the lemon and salt and pepper. Keep heat on medium and mix noodles around until slightly soft (or cooked to you liking)
Once your happy with the doneness, remove from heat.
Roughly chop or tear the basil into smallish pieces and toss into noodles.
And noodles be done. Now to eating.. and be sure to eat as much as you can, its only zucchini.
Have a good today!
Easy Peasy Zucchini Noodles with Basil Garlic and Tomatoes.
- 2 medium to large medium zucchinis
- a handful of fresh basil
- 1 large tomato or 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
- 3-4 cloves of garlic
- 1 lemon
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
Take zucchini and either with a veggie noodle maker, a juillene peeler, or madoline, a box grater, or just some sweets knife skills, make the noodles and set aside. Mince garlic and chop the tomatoes into chunks add to a large skillet with a drizzle of olive oil and place on medium heat and cook until the tomatoes are soft and the garlic is fragrant.Once that's cooked, place the noodles into the skillet with about 1/4 cup water and the nice of the lemon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix noodles around and cook until slightly tender (cook longer for a more well done noodle) Remove from heat. Chop or rip up your basil and toss into the noodles and mix around.
And now it's time.
Place in bowls and fill you mouth hole.