Zucchini and Yellow Squash “pasta” with sauce

Eating paleo doesn’t mean I have to “give up” my pasta after all.  I just have to be creative with my pasta!  Now I am not going to tell you that this would fool someone into thinking they are eating noodles made from flour, but if you have a gluten allergy this would work for an option.  I would chalk the shape of the zucchini and squash to a flat linguini type noodle.  If I had different culinary tools I could have shaved it into more of a spaghetti style, but alas those are at my office and I am home.

Pasta

cut off the end of the zucchini so you have a flat surface to keep your veggie stable.

Using a standard vegetable pealer make strips of zucchini/squash rotating around the vegetable until you start to see seeds. Keep the “core” of the zucchini to use in your sauce.  For two people I used one zucchini and one squash, but if you want more make more veggies are good for you!

I put my strips into my steamer pot  – these are great, if you don’t have one you can improvise if you have a metal colander and  a large pot with a lid. Fill the bottom of the pot with water making sure it doesn’t touch the bottom of the colander (there needs to be space to steam), set the colander in the pot with your veggies in the colander, set the water to boil and put the lid on your pot.  Ta Da! Instant steamer.

Steam your zucchini and squash for about 10 minutes or so.  Enough to take the crunch out and get them hot, but not so long that they turn into mush.

 

Sauce

For my sauce I used every vegetable I had in the house so do the same for yours.

One small yellow onion diced

Tri-peppers  – green, yellow and red bell peppers 1/2 a pepper of each color diced

The core of the Zucchini and Squash diced

Two large Tomatoes juiced and diced

3 cloves of garlic, minced -I like garlic mmmm

Fresh basil minced to taste

I sauteed all of my vegetables minus the tomatoes and herbs using coconut oil.  I will get into the reason I cook with coconut oil later. While I had those vegetables cooking I squeezed the juice out of my tomatoes and set aside to use in my sauce.  Dice the tomatoes and set aside to add later.  Once all the vegetable were cooked through I took about a cup of the mix, added it to the tomato juice and pureed it in my food processor.  I then added the tomatoes, the puree and the herbs into the remaining cooked vegetables to make my sauce chunky.  You could always blend the whole thing, but I like chunky sauce.

I think this would be really good with shrimp or chicken.  I didn’t have any shrimp or chicken so I ate it vegetarian style.

 

Hello world!

I am starting this blog to track my journey into paleo (or primal) eating.  Since I am a self proclaimed “carboholic” that loves pastas, breads, rice, and just grain in general this should be interesting because paleo eating allows none of that.

The reason I chose to make my lifestyle change into paleo had a lot to do with my father.  “Oh, does he practice paleo eating?” one may ask and the answer is no, just the opposite.  My father has high blood pressure, suffers from gout and high cholesterol.  He’s 72 going on 172 shuffling around in his retirement years dealing with all of these symptoms by ignoring them.  His day consists of getting up in the morning to no set alarm, eating some processed grain type product with a side of sit on the couch and watch tv.  He falls asleep for however long he feels like it and then repeats the process two more times for lunch and dinner.

People always allude to health based on  family history and at 33 I thought “wow I do not want my retirement spent like this and I have to make changes now!”

I literally started this change today at lunch and thought maybe getting  my thoughts down will help me keep on track and hopefully help someone else if they are thinking about the switch.  I looked at many different ideas and (I don’t want to use the word) diets before I settled on paleo.  As I read about it, the ideas and thoughts behind it just made sense to me and I really think that for someone to commit to anything it needs to first make sense.

I took a picture of myself today and will post it when I hit my first milestone because I am not quite willing to put myself out there just yet. I have a culinary background so I will post some recipes as I create them to fit the paleo blueprint.