Zucchini Ribbons

Saturday, October 16, 2010

It's going to be almost 2 weeks on this diet and so far so good. I haven't given up yet. It seems to be controlling my appetite fairly well. I'm not really craving those sugary donuts, cakes, or cookies like I used to so that is a good thing. No... it is a great thing! The only challenge I do have is when I go out to eat, but that can be a challenge for any dieter. I just have to plan ahead by looking at the nutritional info and menu ahead of time. Also, don't be afraid to let the waiter know you are trying to watch what you are eating so that maybe he could suggest something that would be appropriate to stay on plan. Speak out and ask the waiter if it would be possible to substitute certain side items for more veggies or an extra side salad. They may even be able to grill, bake or broil a particular meat you want instead of fried.. You will be surprised how happily they are willing to accomodate you. Now for the recipe...
This dish is not just for medifast dieters, but for anyone who chooses not to eat pasta for whatever reason. Zucchini ribbons are an excellent substitute for pasta and tastes delicious with laughing cow cheese. Laughing cow cheese is wonderful because they are only 35 calories per wedge! I love to eat them with celery, my medifast crackers or even all by themselves. I try to keep a supply of them because they have a long shelf life of about 6 months or so I was told. With this dish, you could even sprinkle a bit of parmesan cheese on the top to complete the dish. It tastes very similiar to fettccine alfredo except there is very slight crunch. The best part about this dish is that it only take less than 10 minutes to make! I have served it with grilled chicken and shrimp that I season with Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning. I think this would be an excellent way to get your kids to eat their veggies if they like that cheesy flavor. I would eat this even if I wasn't on a diet! 


Zucchini Ribbons (Pasta)

Ingredients:
2 medium Zucchinis - should yield 1 1/2 cups (3 Greens)
1/8 cup Chicken Broth or water (1/8 Condiment)
2 wedges Light Garlic and Herb Laughing Cow Cheese (1 Healthy Fat)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
With a potato peeler, peel 2 medium sized zucchinis to the core (don't peel the center core with the seeds, that part gets mushy). In a non-stick frying pan add chicken broth, salt and pepper and laughing cow cheese. Throw the ribbons in with the broth/ cheese mixture lightly toss until the cheese melts and the zucchini starts to soften - about 3 minutes. The zucchini will cook quickly. Serve hot.

1 serving with 3 Greens, 1/8 Condiment (not including salt and pepper) and 1 Healthy Fat

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