Zoodles

Spaghetti dinner tonight was done with a mix of NuPasta konjac noodles and zoodles. That’s zucchini spirals which I cook a little to soften and then use them just like regular noodles. They’re great as a noodle substitute; in Italian or Asian dishes.

Two Christmases ago I received a spiralizer and use it a few times a month. Zucchini is the main thing I put through it but have also done other veg.

You can get handheld spiralizers, attachments for food processors and stand mixers, or table top ones. I have the latter and it looks like this:

Some grocery stores also sell spiralized veg pre-packaged. Though pricy, it’s useful and convenient. Do you spiral?

Dinner pic – egg roll in a bowl edition

Egg roll in a bowl.

No recipe per se. Sautéed mushrooms and onions with garlic, ginger, toasted sesame oil, soy sauce, and added ground pork and a bag of shredded veg with broccoli and cabbage (it’s marketed as a type of ‘coleslaw mix’). Added in Konjac rice, and topped with peanuts, green onion, and hot sauce. It was perfection.

This is the konjac rice product. It costs more than regular rice but I pick it up when on sale (usually online). I like it better than the NuPasta konjac long noodles.

Dinner pic – chicken soup edition

Made turkey soup with homemade bone broth. In addition to turkey, I added a little carrot, a good amount of turnip, garlic, thyme, and savory.

Making your own broth is easy. I had a turkey back and thighs from a local grocery butcher. They cost about $7 total and made the broth plus provided meat. I just covered the pieces in water and simmered for a few hours in a slow cooker. Then I separated the meat/bones from the liquid, strained it, and popped it in the fridge.

When I took it out to make the soup, the cold broth was gelatinous with collagen and fat. In the soup pot it went with the other ingredients and it was so good! It would have been great (and more nutritious) with spinach or kale.

I did add turnips because I like them! They have about 3-4 carbs per 1/2 cup cubbed pieces. They contain lots of vitamin C, are a source of fiber, and contain potassium, manganese, calcium, and vitamin B6.

I come by my love of soup honestly as it was a staple in my family for generations. Nothing like a good hot bowl of soup on a cold winter day.