Monday, September 14, 2009


For my birthday P not only gave me a beautiful wine rack, but also a SPIRALIZER!!! Or, a noodleizer as we call it around here :) It is fan-flippin-tastic!
Here's the little guy in action:
The first photo is of freshly noodleized raw zucchini- yum!
Dinner tonight was homemade pasta sauce with spiralized zucchini alongside stuffed mushrooms. Pretty darn good for made up recipes!
Pasta sauce:
  • About a dozen fresh tomatoes, chopped (about the size of canned diced tomatoes)
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, slivered
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • a few red pepper flakes
  • 3 random peppers from my parents' neighbors' garden chopped into small pieces; sorry I have no idea what kind they were but here's a photo:


I threw everything into a medium sized sauce pan on fairly high heat- about an 8 on my little burner :) I cooked it all for about an hour, reducing the heat as the sauce cooked down, eventually letting it simmer for the last 20-30 minutes, depending on how much liquid is remaining. When we were just about ready to eat I threw the zucchini in with the sauce to heat up. The spiralized zucc tasted almost like pasta and the angel hair noodle consistency was amazing. I can't wait to try the noodleizer with other veggies!

I made up this stuffed mushroom recipe after reading a bunch of others from cookbooks. I wanted to use things I had in the house and simplify the recipe along with making it healthier. Here's the mixture I used to stuff the mushrooms:

  • 1/2 pack frozen spinach, thawed and drained
  • 3 tbsp low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 c bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp pesto

I combined everything in the food processor and scooped it into 16 (give or take- I could have easily filled 20) mushrooms with the stem removed placed top down on a cookie sheet sprayed with pam. I scooped the mixture into the mushrooms and then topped with a little fresh Romano cheese. They baked for about 20 minutes- or until golden brown on the top- at 400 degrees.


They were surprisingly filling and tasty. I'm not always a huge spinach fan so I'm always trying to find new ways to incorporate the green stuff into recipes without having the taste overpower everything else. Parker declared it a "repeater." If only the Bills had won, it would have been a perfect evening ;)


  1. WOW! What a great gift. Everything looks fantastic. Glad you ordered the polar- let me know how you like it! When you use the HRM, make sure you dampen it with a paper towel and shove it under the bottom of your sports bra (works best that way). The marinutta is seriously delicious! You must try it!

  2. Enjoy the peanut sauce! It is so yummy...I could eat it every day!