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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Zucchini Noodles and a Casserole


I have been Grain-Free since October after reading Dr. Gary Davis's book Wheat Belly. I really, honestly at this stage do not miss the grains and I highly recommend this book if you are doing any low carb diet. They are NOT what makes you feel full and satisfied, protein and fat are what does that. I used to make lots of casseroles, back in the day. But without rice or noodles, how so you make a casserole? You have to get creative! Here is a "Zucchini Noodle" casserole I enjoy making.

It starts by using this little Julienne Veggie Slicer I picked up at my grocery store. You can use it on anything, but with zucchini it makes perfect spaghetti-like noodles. It is like a regular vegetable peeler, but has a serrated edge on one side that does the trick.

I combined my "noodles" with oven baked bacon, Alfredo sauce, shredded Parmesan and 1/2 a diced tomato, layering it just like you would a regular casserole. I baked at 400 until it was nice and bubbly (about 25  minutes), and starting to brown on top. You could use a number of different ingredients with yours, ricotta, chicken or ground beef. I'd love hear what you come up with for a grain-free casserole!

I just love this new little tool! It will work well on eggplant, potatoes and daikon and other veggies too. Previously I have used a regular peeler to make wider zucchini noodles and love those recipes too! (See my grain-free Fauxccini Alfredo HERE and lasagna HERE). If you are counting sugar and carbs, the S/C Value will depend on what all you put in your casserole, your specific sauce and amount of zucchini. Mine turned out to be 8/2 for the entire casserole, I ate half of it and it was my whole dinner.


Just a quick note: I have updated my blog roll Great BFC Blogs and moved it to my right column. These are all great blogs dedicated to Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure and Fast Track, and a few good Paleo sites. It lists the 10 most recent posts, so be sure and check out these sites! If you have a BFC Blog that I don't have listed, please leave a comment and let me know, I'd be happy to add your's too.

18 comments:

  1. That looks really good and I am sure you wont even miss the noodles. I am really trying to add more veggies into my diet and I think I will have to give this a try. I like that gadget too.

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  2. I have that little gizmo and love it for making zucchini noodles! I haven't tried a casserole yet but it looks great! I've been making z-noodles with homemade Alfredo on top and then sliced grilled chicken on top of that. It's good.

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  3. I have seen you post about the zucchini noodles before but have not tried it yet. I will have to get one of those tools. Thanks :-)

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  4. I tried them once after I read your last recipe with them. Do you salt them or do anything to get some of the moisture out? Have you tried the shirataki noodles? I'm going to try this recipe...when I get some time!! Hugs from me to you my Cali friend!!

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    1. Pattie, I didnt salt them, but that is a good idea. I tried and reviewed shirataki noodles. They were okay, but not great. I much prefer the zucchini noodles.

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  5. You have really motivated me to go grain-free as well. After 3 weeks, I see what you mean about not missing them at all. It seems like it just gets easier and easier, especially with great ideas like this one! Thanks!

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  6. Looks FABULOUS! I love, love, LOVE Zuchinni, but the hubby doesn't...though I am sure it is one of those things that if he didn't know it was zuchinni, he would like it. Men, I tell ya, lol! Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. Oh, also, I would LOVE it if you could add my blog to the list...
    http://10tentimes.blogspot.com/
    Thanks friend!

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  8. Sounds really yummy! I will have to try a casserole out, I never thought of trying out the veggies that way.

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  9. I like the list of other blogs you added!

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  10. How many does this serve? Looks delish!!

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  11. Hi Amber!
    That does look yummy. Who would have thought to make noodles out of zucchini?? Very clever! I have never seen that tool but honestly never knew about it. I will have to check it out. My sisters and I are going on a Trader Joes road trip to Cleveland on Sunday and there is an AWESOME kitchen store next door. Might have to add that gadget to my arsenal of tools! It looks like you completely peeled your zucchini to make the noodles????
    Have a great week!
    Sherri

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  12. Amber, I started this diet on March 5th and still haven't lost any weight. I NEVER go over the 15/6. I even did a couple of days with alot less. I did two days of the three day challenge, added more fiber (Benefiber), and quit using splenda. Any other ideas or is this just not for everyone.

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    1. It really important to also stay within 5/2 S/C Value per meal. Make sure you are doing that! I highly recommend using My Fitness Pal to track your food, at least the first few months. There is way more sugar and carbs in your food than you may be counting. Great job quiting Splenda and Benenfiber is a great way to supplement your fiber. But make sure you are getting most of your 25 grams of fiber from real food, like green veggies. Unless you just have 10 lbs to lose, you should see the scales start moving down!

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  13. I keep seeing others use this gadget...I need to try it. Yummy looking recipe

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  14. That looks delicious. I have to get that peeler :). I love substituting zucchini for pasta, I don't miss the pasta at all. Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

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  15. I haven't tried this yet, but thinking ahead to the zuchinni onslaught from the garden, do you know if freezing the zuchinni noodles either before or after cooking works?

    Thanks,

    Debi

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