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Zucchini noodles and creamy parmesan sauce

It’s July! Can you believe it? It seems like this summer is going by too fast. After such a long winter I’m not ready to admit that summer is half over with. Sigh.

But, now that it is July, I am sure a lot of you are rolling in garden produce. This is the time of year where zucchini start producing so much  that you have it coming out of your ears. It’s a good problem to have, I promise.

Zucchini noodles and cream Parmesan sauce

A good way to use those zucchini up are zoodles. Yes, zucchini noodles! We love them here. They are good with just a bit of butter and some garlic but that is just the tip of the iceberg. You can use them with sauces, gravies, soups and salads.

They are simple to make using one of these (affiliate link) tools….if you have room in your budget this spiralizer is a fun tool to have. It’s easy enough for the kids to use as well.

Last night I made zucchini noodles and creamy Parmesan sauce and it was a hit. I barely had enough to send with my husband to work for lunch. (And if you are like me and don’t want your family to use a microwave, this (affiliate link) little crock pot is amazing for leftovers. My husband loves his!)

Zucchini noodles and creamy parmesan sauce
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 6 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • 1 32 ounce jar of whole tomatoes
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • ½ cup of grated parm cheese
  • ½ cup cream
  • 6 (depending on size) spiraled zucchini
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute onion and garlic until lightly browned
  2. Add ground beef, salt well and cook until no longer pink
  3. Add whole tomatoes and tomato paste and stir until well mixed
  4. Add seasonings and let simmer until thick.
  5. Add parm cheese and cream and stir in
  6. Put in zucchini noodles and allow to simmer until done. (We like our a bit firm so I only do it for a few minutes)

A simple meal that almost anyone would enjoy.  It’s a great way to use your summer produce. If you don’t have canned tomatoes, blanch and peel a few fresh to throw in there. It will be wonderful.

Cooking from scratch can seem overwhelming but if you keep it simple, you can’t go wrong.

Tell me some things you do to use up that wonderful garden bounty? 

Zucchini noodles and creamy Parmesan sauce

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Balsamic Cucumber Salad

One of my favorite tastes of summer happens to be a good balsamic cucumber salad. My aunt used to make a version of one when I was growing up and I think we had it just about any time we got together over the summer.

Fresh veggies, I think, go hand in hand with summer. My kids get so excited when they see farm stands and gardens. It makes my heart happy…even our cat loves them.

Balsamic Cucumber Salad

This salad is easy to make and adjust to your family’s taste. But, some times simple is good and despite not many ingredients, this is always a hit when served.

And apparently, if you make a veggie into a ‘noodle’ it is irresistible for kids, well at least mine any way. (They are veggies lovers, though!) For real, my oldest, literally drinks the dressing out of the bowl, it’s so good. (He even asked for a straw the one day!)

I also have to admit I got a new little toy to specialize veggies and thought it would be way fun to do that with this recipe. However, if you don’t have a gadget like this  (affiliate link) one, just slice those cukes and it will still be wonderful!

For this salad, you can find my recipe for balsamic vinegar dressing, here.

Cucumber Balsamic Salad

Balsamic Cucumber Salad
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 cucumbers (spiraled or sliced)
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • Balsamic vinegar dressing
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Parm cheese
Instructions
  1. Add your veggies to a bowl and toss with dressing.
  2. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Let chill in refrigerator for an hour before serving
  4. Sprinkle with parm cheese.

This recipe is posted on Raia’s Recipes for Savoring Saturdays.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

I have been waiting FOREVER for good summer produce.  Okay, maybe just all winter but It is finally starting to pop in the stores and in farm stands.

Due to the abundance of fresh produce we eat a lot of salads with our dinners. Even with the change of the fresh veggies, they can get a little boring.

Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

How do you liven up the same salad? Change up that dressing! This simple balsamic vinegar dressing is super easy and brings new life to a ‘boring’ salad. It also works as a wonderful marinade for grilled meat and is PERFECT for pasta salad.

The best part? This dressing isn’t full of chemicals or rancid oils! Conventional dressing is FULL of MSG, high fructose corn syrup and most often time soy. Dressing is so easy to make at home, it’s worth the effort to keep the chemicals out of your house.

This (affiliate link) jar, is great for making dressing at home. It’s BPA free and it is easy to mix your dressing in and store.

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Balsamic Vinegar Dressing
 
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Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • ⅔ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp. black-strap molasses
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. black pepper (Omit for AIP)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a jar and whisk or shake together.

Tell me, do you make your own salad dressing?

This post is linked at Real Food Forager for Fat Tuesdays.  , Phoenix Helix for the Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Gluten Free/Sugar Free

Victory! This is the first year I’ve gotten my rhubarb to grow and not go directly into seed. That means rhubarb desserts! Bliss.

My first recipe I played with was a strawberry rhubarb crisp. This one is gluten-free and sugar-free. Yes, you heard that right.

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Gluten Free/Sugar Free

My struggle with Trim Healthy Mama lately has been the sugar. My body just does not tolerate stevia well.

I used  (affiliate linkJust Like Sugar in this recipe but you could easily sub xylitol in equal parts.

This dessert is an S if you are on the THM plan.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp Gluten Free/Sugar Free
 
A gluten free/sugar free recipe for strawberry rhubarb crisp.
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • ½ cup finely chopped rhubarb
  • 2 tbsp. Just like sugar or sweetener of choice (If using stevia, go by taste)
  • a dash of sea salt
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • ½ tbsp Just like Sugar or sweetener of choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease baking dish
  3. Chop fruit and mix with sweetener and dash of salt
  4. Pour in baking dish
  5. Combine butter and ½ tbsp of sweetener to almond flour
  6. Mix until crumbly, top fruit
  7. Bake for 30-40 minutes...until bubbly and top is slightly browned.

This post is linked at Raia’s Recipes for Savoring Saturdays.

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*

Radish Soup

Working with a limited diet can be challenging at times. It can require creativity in the kitchen. Some days it’s fun, others days it’s not so fun. It also requires you to think about budget. A nourishing meal, that the kids will like, and doesn’t cost and arm and a leg….completely doable, right? Right!

That’s partly how radish soup made its way to our kitchen.  (And every time I say radish soup, I think I’m on Fraggle Rock…I am aging myself with that though…)

Radish Soup

I’m always looking for ways to get more veggies in our diets and this was easy.

I’ll be honest that I made my family the same soup…except they got potatoes and I got the radishes. Everyone was happy. It was a win/win situation without having to make two meals. (I’ve been doing the Trim Healthy Mama plan so I avoid potatoes.)

And I promise you….radishes cooked do not taste like raw radishes. This soup was actually sweeter than the one with potatoes. (And a bit more pink!)

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Radish Soup
 
A low carb, nightshade free, gluten free soup.
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Ingredients
  • 6 cups of chicken stock (Any stock would work)
  • 2-4 tbsp. of oil
  • 1 large diced onion
  • 2 stocks of sliced celery
  • 6 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 bunches of radishes, quartered (This number can vary to how much you like)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Saute onions, garlic and celery until soft
  2. Add stock and quartered radishes and simmer
  3. Allow to simmer until the radishes are soft (I like to do this nice and slow)
  4. Salt and pepper to taste according to your taste
Notes
This would be very easy to add some shredded chicken or beans for added protein.
You can also thicken if desired with the thickener of choice.

If you are doing THM, this can be an S if you use full fat stock, but if you keep the oil cut down and use fat-free stock it would be a fuel pull.

Radish SoupWhat’s your favorite way to cook radishes? 

 

 

 

This post is linked at Kelly the Kitchen Kopp‘s Real Food Wednesday.

 

*For the record, my thoughts and advice are only my experiences or what others have allowed me to share. We don’t claim to diagnose, treat or cure.*