Category Archives: Cooking

Zoodles

On our trip to Arizona, my husband, Chris, and I stopped at Walmart to pick up some stuff.  You know how they put a bunch of random stuff at eye level to catch your eye and entice you to buy shit you don’t need?!  Well, it works!!!

I saw this contraption that you can use to cut vegetables and make noodles out of them…you know, to make vegetable spaghetti.  It’s the VEGETTI!!

When we got home, my husband surprised me and bought one.  (What a good husband)!  Forgive my pictures, they are very amateur.  Last minute, while I was cooking, I thought, “I should blog about this!”  So I whipped out my iPhone and started taking pics.  The lighting is poor, the presentation is poor, but dammit, I wanted to blog about it!

So I started with the sauce first…

I love a chunky sauce with lots of meat and mushrooms, so I buy any type of spaghetti sauce (I bought Ragu garlic and mushroom) and doctor it up!

I started with one package of washed, sliced crimini mushrooms and sautéed them, then added fresh minced garlic and half of a chopped onion and cooked it until the onions were clear adding salt to taste.  I then set the mushrooms, garlic, and onions aside.  Next, I took a pound of lean, grass fed ground beef and cooked it, adding 1 teaspoon of Italian herb mix and salt to taste.  Combine all ingredients together along with the spaghetti sauce…stir and let simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

Next it’s time for the vegetable noodles.  I used both zucchini and yellow squash as you can see, and I used about one zucchini/squash per serving.  Wash the vegetable and cut it in half and follow directions for cutting…

Cutting these noodles is actually quite fun and oddly satisfying.  It is not technically difficult or complicated, and you end up with long, curly vegetable noodles.  Sometimes they are so long, and I mean “Lady and the Tramp” long, that you have to cut them when serving them.

I like to sauté the noodles before serving, and I sautéed 2 cut vegetables with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tsp minced garlic.  The fragrance of the cooking garlic is heavenly, and I cook the vegetable noodles just enough so they are cooked, but still have a crispness to them, again adding salt to taste.

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I put the vegetable noodles in a bowl, topped it with the chunky sauce I whipped up, and threw on some mozzarella and parmasean cheese.  Wha-la!  Dinner is served!

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I was so proud of myself, like I had made pasta from scratch!  My husband loved it, and he doesn’t even like regular pasta spaghetti!  Good low fat food, fast!

Have you tried vegetable noodles?

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Scrambled Eggs

If you read my previous post from yesterday, you know that I was gifted four big, marvelous duck eggs…that I had NO CLUE what to do with.

Well, as you can already tell from the title, I scrambled one for breakfast!  My husband insisted that he would NOT be eating anything to do with duck eggs…and swore I was going to try and sneak it into his breakfast somehow!

Haha…even though I thought about it, I gave him 2 over easy chicken eggs 🙂

I was so curious to see what the duck eggs would taste like, yet a little apprehensive.  I cracked one duck egg in a bowl along with one chicken egg…and look at the difference!

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smaller chicken egg with larger duck egg

I mixed them together and scrambled them in a pan with cooking spray, serving them with some potato latkes that I got from Trader Joes.

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Sooo…duck eggs…taste…surprisingly…like………………..chicken eggs!

Maybe since I mixed the duck egg with a chicken egg the taste was diluted, but it tasted very close to regular eggs to me!  It did have a slightly richer, almost more flavorful taste, and when I mixed them, it looked more creamy.  My husband even wanted to try it after he saw me eating them.  He agreed that the duck egg tastes very close to chicken eggs, and even said he would eat it again!

Maybe next time I will try something more creative…

Here’s to eating outside of the box!  If you don’t try it, you’ll never know!

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Duck Eggs

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The oral surgeon who works in my office walked in today and said, “I brought you some duck eggs!”  I thought he was kidding at first, and since Easter passed recently, I thought he was bringing me some Easter eggs.  With a puzzled look, I opened the container that he handed me and low and behold…four big, beautiful duck eggs!

I know what you all are thinking…that the container has chickens on it!

Well, he just put them in a regular chicken egg container to transport them safely to their final destination.  I am very grateful and somewhat puzzled at how I am going to prepare these eggs.  Can anybody give me a suggestion?!

I looked on Pinterest and found some interesting info about duck eggs, so I thought I would share it!

9 things to know about duck eggs by Heather Jackson

  1. Duck eggs vary in color.  Don’t be alarmed if you get a gray one, or one that will not wash up to the clean white you were expecting.  That’s just the nature of the egg.
  2. Duck eggs are sought out by cancer patients because, unlike chicken eggs, they help create an alkaline environment in your body.
  3. Duck eggs are generally larger than chicken eggs.  If you get particularly large ones, you may have to adjust your recipe accordingly.
  4. Duck eggs taste similar to chicken eggs, but the flavor is slightly richer and deeper.  Also, the yolks can also be a darker orange color than you expect.
  5. Many people with egg allergies are actually only allergic to chicken eggs and can tolerate duck eggs without a problem.  (Of course if you have a severe allergy, don’t try this without talking to your doctor!)
  6. Duck eggs are excellent in baked goods and are prized by many bakers for the additional “lift” they give to breads and cakes!
  7. Duck eggs have very thick shells that are harder to crack than chicken eggs.  The harder shells help the eggs stay fresh longer than chicken eggs.
  8. Duck eggs can be very expensive in stores, but you can usually get them for a reasonable price if you find a farmer who raises ducks.  (Yet another reason to make friends with your farmer!)
  9. Duck eggs beat chicken eggs in almost every nutritional category and are a powerhouse addition to your diet!
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One of the duck eggs!  Much bigger than chicken eggs.

I’ll let you know what I do with the duck eggs and how it turns out!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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