zucchini

Ratatouille

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbs olive oil

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 small eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 3 cups)

  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into thin slices

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into slivers

  • 4 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup shredded fresh basil leaves

  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Over medium-low heat, add the oil to a large skillet with the onion, garlic, and bay leaf, stirring occasionally, until the onion has softened.

  2. Add the eggplant and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until the eggplant has softened.

  3. Stir in the zucchini, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and salt, and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

  4. Stir in the basil and few grinds of pepper to taste.

Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients

  • zucchini

  • 4 Tbsp olive oil

  • sea salt

  • black pepper

Instructions

On Stove

1.      Cut the zucchini into noodle shaped slices using a spiralizer, julienne peeler, mandolin or knife.

2.     Place cut noodles into a colander over the sink. Sprinkle with sea salt and toss. Let sit for 30 minutes to drain.

3.      To remove any remaining excess liquid, gently squeeze the noodles while still over the sink. No need to remove every drop, just the majority.

4.     Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add zucchini noodles and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes, until al dente. (Cooking time may vary depending on the size of your pan and the amount of zucchini in it.) Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5.      Transfer your noodles to a large mixing bowl and add the toppings of your choice!

In the Oven

1.      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.     Cut the zucchini into noodle shaped slices using a spiralizer, julienne peeler, mandolin or knife.

3.      Toss the noodles with salt and pepper and place evenly on a baking sheet.

4.     Bake for roughly 15 minutes or until desired texture has been achieved.

5.      Transfer your noodles to a large mixing bowl and add the toppings of your choice!