Simple Zucchini Noodles with Semi-Homemade Tomato Sauce

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To me, this meal was really what it was all about. Not only exposing people to new foods, but teaching them how to make it! We all know that eating healthy is good for you, but how the hell do I do it? Keep it simple, make it colorful and add as many vegetables to a meal as you can.

I went over to my brother from another mother and friend’s house to make dinner. They said, “tell me what to make and we’ll make it.” Best idea ever! I usually do the cooking, and explain what I am doing  along the way, but there is no better way to learn by doing it yourself. So, I laid all of the ingredients out, and guided my friends to make this super yummy dinner.

What was made? My friends made zucchini noodles with extra broccoli, with a semi-homemade tomato sauce.

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How to make these creatures? It is pretty easy! It just requires a spiralizer, some chopping, mixing and sauteing! (If you need a spiralizer, Paderno makes an amazing one. If you are on a budget crunch, there are cheaper hand held ones as well. Check out Amazon for good deals).

RECIPE: makes about 4 servings

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  • 4 large zucchini (I like to use 2 yellow and 2 green for more colors)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (Any kind will do! Try and get one with no added sugars, you can find this on the nutritional label under ingredients)
  • 1 large hot house tomato (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • 4 cloves of garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 head of broccoli (cut florets off to bite sized pieces)
  • 1/2 head of cauliflower (cut florets into bite sized pieces)
  • Sea salt and coarse ground black pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Spiralize zucchini and place in a medium bowl (we used the medium setting for these, any size zucchini noodle will work!)/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/0f7/70943066/files/2014/12/img_5120.jpg
  2. Pour the can of tomato sauce into a medium pot. Add diced tomatoes. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally.
  3. While tomato sauce is warming, heat a medium saute pan on medium and pour in olive oil. Add diced onion and crushed garlic. Saute on medium for about 4-5 minutes, or until red onions become translucent.
  4.  Add broccoli and cauliflower to the medium saute pan, and cook for about 3-4 more minutes until broccoli is al dente.
  5. Stir in zucchini noodles to saute pan with the onion, garlic, broccoli and cauliflower. Saute for about 4 minutes, or until hot. (Remember, you can’t under cook zucchini 😉
  6. Serve zucchini noodles with the tomato sauce on top! Yummyy 🙂

Optional : Add grated Parmesan cheese on top and serve with chicken apple sausage! You can also add a little bit of oregano, parsley and Italian spices to your tomato sauce if you feel it needs more flavor. You can add any kind of vegetables you want to the mix too!

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