Monday, April 07, 2014

Creamy Taco Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodles are the perfect substitute for pasta.  You'll almost never know your not eating pasta!  The texture is like an al dente noodle, paired with a flavorful sauce you'll never miss the real thing!  This sauce has a kick and is a deliciously creamy taco flavored sauce.  It's so simple to put together...enjoy as a side dish or as a meatless main.

You'll Need:
  • 4 medium to small zucchini or summer squash
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeds and ribs removed and finely diced (optional)
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning (or 1/4 cup of this homemade version)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 tbl cream cheese
  • cilantro (optional)
Using a small size french fry slicer on a mandolin, slice the zucchini down length wise to form "noodles".  If you don't have a mandolin, slice the zucchini 1/8 in thick length wise, then slice into thin pasta like strips.  Heat a large skillet and drizzle in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Add in the jalapeno and onion and saute about 5 minutes.  Add in the zucchini and saute another 5 minutes.  Add in the tomatoes and the taco seasoning and stir to combine.  Finally add in the cream cheese and stir until the cheese has melted.  Garnish with cilantro if desired.

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