Using vegetables in place of wheat pasta is popular in Paleo and grain-free dishes. Actually, even for folks that are not grain-free or on Paleo, it makes sense to use vegetables instead of wheat. There are so many problems with eating wheat and gluten grains, that more and more people are switching. It’s so much healthier and not very hard, with the right tool!
It’s turning out that gluten grains like wheat are not only bad for people that react to them, they are not healthy in general. One reason is that the starches turn into sugar very quickly and raises blood glucose and insulin levels very rapidly. Commercial pasta is simply wheat and salt. It’s empty calories and it is highly glycemic as noted above.
Additionally, commercial wheat (pasta) is not properly prepared. The grains are not soaked to release the anti-nutrients inherent in the grains. Pasta is not the comfort food you thought it was. But people love it – probably because they get a high from all the gluteomorphines that will affect certain people.
Stop using wheat pasta and use vegetables instead.
Zucchini is a good source of Vitamin A, thiamin, niacin, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, riboflavin, Vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, potassium and manganese. The omega 3 to 6 ratio is almost 2 to 1, which is excellent.
Using an inexpensive tool like the julienne peeler is easy and quick. You will really surprise your family with a great side dish as explained below, or used as a base for other foods or sauces. The possibilities are limitless!
Zucchini Pasta with Artichoke, Mushrooms and Sun Dried Tomatoes
- 10 ounce mushrooms
- 10 sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- 8 ounce artichoke hearts (I like this one)
- 1/4 cup chopped olives for garnish (Great olives here)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Leaves of fresh basil and parsley, chopped
- Sea salt and pepper to taste (where to buy)
- Ghee for cooking (how to make ghee) (Where to buy ghee)
- 3 Tbsp olive oil (Great olive oil here)
- 1 Tbsp mustard (where to buy)
- Soak the dried tomatoes for at least 20 minutes before chopping
- Clean and slice the mushrooms
- Drain the artichoke hearts and slice into smaller pieces
- Heat the fry pan and add ghee for cooking
- Saute the mushrooms until soft, drain any extra liquid
- Add the tomatoes and artichokes and cook a few minutes
- In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, mustard, salt, pepper and the fresh spices and set aside
- When the vegetables are soft, take the pan off the heat and add the sauce and mix together
- Serve on top of the zucchini immediately – sprinkle with chopped olives for garnish
- See below for how to make zucchini pasta
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Serves 2 – 3 people