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Yearly Archives: 2013
As part of my 80/20 Diet I try to eat healthy most of the time, and therefore I am always trying to find great new recipes that are healthy but that also taste delicious. Now believe me, I very much like my carbs. I could never be one of those people that cuts out carbs from their diet altogether (for example I couldn’t live without my daily porridge) but I do try to limit my carbohydrate intake at dinnertime on my healthy days. Now what if I told you that you could eat as much pasta as you wanted without the carb guilt? Yes it’s true; let’s talk about Zucchini ‘Pasta’ shall we!
I was first introduced to the concept of zucchini pasta a few years ago by my good friend Tanya; a raw food guru who blogs over at Better Raw. As a raw foodie, Tanya had this amazing spiralizer machine at her house that turned zucchinis / courgettes super quickly into spaghetti! Ok so it is not really pasta but it is an amazing low carb substitute.
Over time I kept seeing zucchini noodles pop up on blogs, so I decided I needed to get myself a similar clever little gadget so I could make my own zucchini pasta. I found this great Gefu spiral cutter on Amazon (link) and for £21.69 and it has been one of the best kitchen purchases I have made in a while!
So let me tell you how to make Zucchini Pasta in no time! First up you need to wash the zucchini. Now I leave the skin on my zucchinis, as I don’t mind the green colour plus it actually contains a load of fibre and nutrients but you can peel it if you don’t want it to look green and more pasta-like. Then I simply slice off the bottom of my zucchini and place it into my spiral cutter. I twist and twist and tada beautiful thick spaghetti looking ribbons will come out (whilst simultaneously discarding the seedy core in the middle). This spiral cutter can actually be used from both ends – the stripes on the side show you which side will give you thinner or thicker noodles.
If you don’t want to invest in one of these spiral cutters you can also make zucchini pasta with a julienne peeler, a mandoline or if you want to practice your knife skills, you can even finely slice the zucchini in ribbons by hand.
Once you have your beautiful zucchini pasta (I normally use about 1 or 2 medium sized zucchinis per person) there are lots of delicious ways to enjoy them! You can have them cold and raw (as part of a crunchy salad), you can quickly stir fry them with a tiny bit of oil or you place them in a microwave safe dish and heat them for about 2 minutes until they are warm and then serve them with for example your favourite pasta sauce! Do watch the ‘spaghetti’ closely when heating because you don’t want to overcook them, they will become soggy! You want them warm but still with a nice ‘al dente’ crunch ;)
I am now hooked and absolutely love eating zucchini pasta because it is such a great way to have a healthy, filling delicious low carb lunch or dinner. Soon I will share some more recipes on how I like to eat my Zucchini Pasta!
Is Zucchini ‘Pasta’ something you’ve heard of before, or would be keen to try?
It’s that time again for some mid-week motivation!
Sometimes it’s about being bold and take chances in life, however scary it may seem…
On that note I am also loving this quote at the moment; “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination!” ~ Jimmy Dean
So let’s set those sails shall we? ;)
Happy Hump Day everyone!
On Sunday afternoon I went to the movies to see the new and highly anticipated Baz Luhrman film ‘The Great Gatsby’. I’d seen the previews and all the buzz surrounding the movie and actors made this a movie on my to-see list. The Great Gatsby is a romantic drama adaptation of the famous F. Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel by the same name. I actually never read the book so I had no real expectations of the story. I was a little worried I might not like the film because I seem to be one of very few people that never really liked (Baz Luhrman’s) Moulin Rouge.
This new adaptation of The Great Gatsby stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the young mysterious business magnate Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy, the object of his passion, and Tobey Maguire as Daisy’s cousin Nick, the outsider-insider through whose wondering narration the story is filtered. The setting for this vibrant movie is New York in the roaring 20s. Not having read the book I can’t really say if it does the original novel justice, but I actually enjoyed the movie very much.
I loved Leonardo in this film – he’s funny and dramatic at the same time and portrays the character of the mysterious Mr Gatsby really well. Oh and did I mention he’s so very handsome? ;)
This movie really re-sparked my love for the 20s era. After walking out of the cinema I really wanted to get dressed up in a stunning flapper dress and get dancing away at one of these amazing parties! The movie is certainly visually spectacular plus another thing I really liked about the movie was the soundtrack! Baz Luhrman hired American rap royalty Jay-Z as executive producer which gave the music a sexy and dangerous mood. The soundtrack has a mix of songs that blend of hip-hop, traditional jazz and other contemporary musical together. I have downloaded the soundtrack and these so far are my favourite songs:
- A Little Party Never Killed Nobody by Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock)
- Young & Beautiful by Lana Del Ray
- Over the Love by Florence and the Machine
- Into the past by Nero
- Bang Bang by Will.I.am
- Crazy in Love by Emili Sandé
See the trailer for the movie below featuring some of these songs….
Are you thinking about going to see ‘The Great Gatsby’?