I’m an eater. I love food. Back when we were dating, my husband made me dinner for the first time. He made me some glorious little stuffed Italian shells, and I was hooked on him for life. He’s a fabulous cook, and we’ve been together almost 17 years. Food is hard though when you have diabetes. Food gets so complicated when it’s accompanied by feelings of guilt and shame when blood sugars don’t respond positively to the food we eat. I wanted a way to make my sugars behave a bit better so my husband and I began eating a variety of low carb meals. I thought I’d share this one with you.
We recently ordered a “spiralizer” gadget that you can use to make noodles out of vegetables like zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, or potatoes. According to the instructions, you can even use apples if you want to. Since our goal was to have low carb meal options, we opted for the zucchini. We popped a zucchini onto the vegetable holder and began cranking out long beautiful “noodles”! Of course, they aren’t really noodles in the regular sense, as they aren’t pasta. They are simply long strands of zucchini which can masquerade beautifully as a substitute for spaghetti pasta.
We used five medium sized zucchini for two hungry adults. After they were all spiralized we sautéed them in a pan with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. We grabbed a jar of marinara sauce from the pantry, parmesan cheese from the fridge, and in no time, dinner was served! I couldn’t believe how easy and delicious the meal was. It was a welcome and healthy addition to a workday weeknight.
The spiralizer we purchased was from Williams Sonoma. It was the Paderno 3-blade model. I did cyber stalk it for a while which involved putting it in my shopping cart and leaving the website to think about whether or not I really wanted to spend the money. Williams Sonoma ended up sending coupon code for 20% off and free shipping to my email address to encourage me to make a purchase. I couldn’t resist any longer. I’m not sure if they still offer this deal, but it did make it easier to say yes to this fun cooking gadget. There are other, more affordable, options on the market in case you’d prefer to spend a bit less. If you like zucchini, you will love this meal! My blood sugar a little while after the meal was a happy 104. I’m already looking forward to next week’s zucchini spaghetti. I hope you’ll try zucchini noodles, please let me know what sauce you dress it up with if you do!