how to make: zucchini & silverbeet spaghetti

Since going largely grain-free and 100% gluten-free, I have discovered zucchini ‘spaghetti’.  You can cook it with so many things, but here is my latest…

First you have to shred/Julienne the zucchini.  This recipe used 2 large ones.  I use my mandolin – it’s one of the best little kitchen gadgets!   Place the zucchini in a colander in the sink and salt it – reasonably generously.  This helps the zucchini stay together when cooked and not turn to mush.

After about 30 mins rinse it fairly well (otherwise it’s a bit too salty).  Drain like this on a teatowel, you can also roll it up in the teatowel to absorb most of the moisture.

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Then you dry fry the zucchini for a few mins to again reduce more of that moisture.  I then added a bit of oil (my favs are macadamia or coconut oil), and tossed it around for another couple of mins.

Push the zucchini to one side of the pan.  Throw in a couple of handfuls of diced mushrooms and a rasher or 2 of diced bacon.  Add a bit more oil to cook the mushroom and bacon.

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After the mushroom and bacon have cooked a bit, you can start mixing it all together.

Then add a few good handfuls of shredded silverbeet (about 3-4 large leaves, stems removed) and stir for a minute or 2.

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Season with pepper and chilli flakes – you really shouldn’t need more salt as the zucchini and bacon are already quite salty.

Serve with your favourite pasta sauce on top or as a side with your favourite protein.

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