Who says you can’t have spaghetti on a Paleo diet? Well ok, you can’t have what most of America calls “spaghetti” (you know the one with not so good “pasta”), but you can have a pretty close 2nd. At least in my opinion, which may not be winning you over yet. Maybe if I tell you that when my husband took a bite and said to me what type of noodles are these and then proceeded to tell me how good they were….would that win you over? How about when I actually told him that the noodles were zucchini “noodles” and he proceeded to stick by his claim and even said “those are good”. Am I getting closer to winning you over? I have to tell you if the husband approves then I know I have succeeded especially in the Paleo aspect. He’s still not 100% on cutting out things in his diet (like beer) but he’s not afraid to give it a try. So if he likes something and says it should be added to the list of must haves again, then that’s saying something.
I promise you won’t miss the pasta in this spaghetti dish. And your tummy won’t feel like a big bolder is sitting in your stomach after eating it either. And if you are a Crossfitter then your workout may just be easier….ok that may not be a totally true statement but I felt a whole lot better in my workout the next morning after having this for my dinner.
1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
2 large zucchini, cut into julienne strips
1 tsp garlic, minced
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
1 pound ground chicken, turkey, or beef (grass-fed preferred)
2 cups Homemade Veggie Tomato Sauce
Additional fresh basil for topping pasta
Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Place zucchini and garlic in skillet and heat until zucchini is slightly softened. In the last 30 seconds toss with fresh basil.
In a separate skillet cook meat of choice until cooked through, making sure to crumble into small pieces. Once meat is cooked through mix in tomato sauce and stir to combine.
To plate dish, place zucchini “noodles” in bowl or plate and then top with meat sauce and sprinkle with additional basil.