zucchini "noodles"

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LanieG
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   Posted 9/13/2007 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I think I read this idea in the newspaper.  In any case, you can make a pretty decent substitute for fettuccine using zucchini squash.  Cut off the stem end of the squash, of course, and then peel strips of zucchini using a vegetable peeler until there's no more squash left.  I didn't peel the squash first, so a few of the "noodles" were green.   Your noodles will be as long as the squash was, basically.  Sautee them in whatever oil you choose rather quickly, like a stir fry, and then serve them as you like.  I used olive oil and sprinkled salt, pepper, paprika and oregano as I sauteed them.  My daughter said the next time we could cut the noodles in half lengthwise to make spaghetti, which we'll try next time.  The noodles hold together very well and don't fall apart.
 
I think part of the satisfaction of eating is the variety of texture as well as taste.  These noodles felt like real noodles in the mouth, so that was a very pleasant surprise.  Anybody else have ideas?
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/14/2007 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I love my spaghetti squash, cut in half, seeds removed, bake in microwave until soft. Use a fork to pull out the 'spaghetti' and pour sauce and parmegan(sp?) cheese over it. Sometimes I add some motzarella, too.
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LovesLife
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   Posted 9/17/2007 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi All,

This forum has been an absolute life saver.  I was diagnosed in February of this year and I have learned so much from this forum.  I'm not a very "active" participant in the fact that I don't post much, but you can believe that I am an avid reader and follow the majority of your advice.  I am thrilled to say that I started the low carb diet on your board's advice in February and have lost 80 lbs since then and feel absolutely wonderful.  I've started exercising daily and am in better shape than I have been in years.

I've learned to LOVE salads and fresh vegetables!

I haven't tried this recipe yet, but saw it on a cooking show this weekend and can't wait to try it.  Wanted to pass it along:  The cook took broccoli florets and cauliflower florets (very small ones), beat one egg and tossed the florets in the egg, then rolled the florets in parmesan cheese.  She fried them in olive oil for just a couple of minutes, then after cooling, used them in a spinach salad - as a substitute for meat.  She said that she uses this as a substitute for french fries.  If any of you have tried this - can you let me know what you think.

I bought the spaghetti squash this weekend and plan on trying the recipe for that.

Please keep all the great threads going and thanks again to all of you - Forum Moderators/regulars and newbies!


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LanieG
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   Posted 9/17/2007 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi LovesLife, thank you for the wonderful idea for the broccoli and cauliflower florets and welcome to the Forum!  Congratulations on the weight loss!  Wow!  It's really encouraging for everyone here to read good results from this new way of eating and lifestyle, and you deserve applause!  One thing is for sure and that is the food we eat does not have to be dull, only steamed, or tasteless.  I'm going to try your idea tonight.  It's great that so many people are contributing tasty cooking ideas.  :-)

Lanie
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/26/2007 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, last night I did the unforgivable and mixed some real (gasp!) spahghetti with my spaghetti squash. Tasted like heaven and was very satisfying. I followed my dinner with one tablespoon of psyllium fiber in a glass of water. This was something I learned as part of a diabetes study with Kelloggs and M.S.U. This morning's number was 104! I still don't know how this will affect my weight loss plan but it certainly was satisfying. Maybe that dreamfields (?) pasta is made with psyllium?
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LovesLife
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   Posted 9/26/2007 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I tried the recipe for the spaghetti squash this weekend.  I had my doubts, but it was wonderful!  After fixing the spaghetti squash in the microwave, I spread a little Parmesan cheese on the squash, added the spaghetti sauce, then a little more Parmesan cheese and it was heavenly!  I even talked my daughters into trying it, they asked for more!  This is definitely a recipe that I will continue to use on a consistent basis.  Thanks for all the ideas!  Looking forward to trying the Parmesan cheese on cauliflower and broccoli florets next.
 
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 9/27/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -7)   
LL,
I find that if I microwave the squash and it's too moist I can do a quick saute with olive oil in a frying pan to get out a lot of the excess water. It's really neat that we can find vegetable alternatives to pasta because most of us have been raised on the stuff!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
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tutorgirl
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   Posted 9/27/2007 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
My new favorite to replace fries...zucchini slices dipped in egg and then parmesan cheese and fried in canola oil. Yuuummmyyy! And very addictive!
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LovesLife
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   Posted 9/27/2007 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie! That was the one complaint both my daughters had - why is there so much water? I'll have to try that idea. I also look forward to trying the zucchini slices! These are some great ideas!
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gelchick
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   Posted 9/28/2007 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie
 
I checked my box- Dreamfields is made with inulin fiber- it probably works the same way as the other- I see a lot of 'low carb' and 'low glycemic impact' foods are made with inulin.
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LovesLife
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   Posted 9/28/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I have to add, when I got home from a meeting last night, my daughter (22) asked when I was going to make some more spaghetti squash spaghetti. Chalk one up for healthy eating!
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LanieG
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   Posted 9/28/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, that does it.  I'm buying spaghetti squash tomorrow.  I don't even know what it looks like but if it's there, I'll find it.  Thanks for your good reviews!

Lanie
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lynn46
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   Posted 10/1/2007 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone
I love the spagetti squash have been using it for a while it was a great recipe for weight watchers.
but has any one tried the bean sprouts use them for spagetti it is good thanks linda
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