Zucchini is a wonder food and so versatile. It has abundant levels of manganese and vitamin C, both of which help to keep the heart strong. Today we have a great recipe that we make in our own kitchen with our garden fresh zucchini every summer.  We really liked the texture of squash spirals.  The center of the zucchini is removed, and that is the part that can get a little squishy for some.

 

I LOVE cooking. In fact, I've pondered many times making the leap and going to culinary school. The one thing that has held me back is that I am a vegetarian. But I adore getting in the kitchen and creating something original for my family.

Last week I splurged and purchased a new spiralizer.  For those of you who have no idea what that is, it is this amazing gadget that you basically skewer your fruits or vegetables on, choose your blade, and crank out some spiraled greatness.

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Health Benefits of Zucchini

Zucchini can help to reduce your weight while boosting the nutrient content of your diet. According to USDA National Nutrient Database, zucchini is rich in minerals and vitamins that include potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, fiber, vitamin C, and riboflavin. [2] It also contains vitamin B6, A, E, and K, sodium, zinc, and iron. It has a high water content – 94 percent –  and it is also a great source of energy. Green Wonder Food!

Okay, on to the Caramelized Cabbage with Spiralized Zucchini w/ Bowties recipe!

Ingredients:

6 ounces uncooked bowtie pasta, spaghetti, or any shape you have on hand.

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tsp powdered garlic – add more to taste or fresh if you have it.
 
4 cups shredded cabbage – I used a bag of coleslaw mix
4 medium zucchini spiraled
 
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
 
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
 
4 tablespoons butter
 
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
 
3 ounces parmesan cheese, shredded
 
1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves
spiralizer

Manufacturer: Oxo Kitchen Slicers Price: $39.99 @Target

 

Preparation

1. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil.

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. I love my cast iron deep skillet for this. Add oil; swirl to coat.  Add cabbage to pan; cook 6 minutes or until browned and tender, stirring occasionally.

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3. Add pasta to your boiling water and cook 7 -8 minutes or until al dente. Measure out 1/4 cup of your pasta water before you drain the pasta.

4. Stir in salt,  black pepper, butter and zucchini spirals to your cabbage; cook 4 minutes.

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5. Stir in pasta, reserved 1/4 cup pasta cooking liquid, and reserved garlic. Sprinkle in your cheese and fresh basil.  Stir well.

6. Everything really gets mixed in well, the cheese melts, and you are ready to serve.

There you have it!  My spiralized zucchini and pasta with caramelized cabbage.  Enjoy 🙂

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You can skip the cheese too. I like it with or without.

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