Lemon Zest Zoodles

Side dish; Vegan; Vegetarian; Gluten-free; BLE complaint

Sides, sides, everywhere sides!

The premise of side dishes is easy enough, it’s food that goes alongside a main dish. Right?

Usually some veggies, maybe a grain or two. Side dishes are sort of like chaperones on a first date, if they are not there, who knows what kind trouble we would get into.

Or, imagine if you will,  walking into a restaurant and ordering a steak, and when the server asks if you want anything with it, you reply, “sure, I’ll have a roast chicken with that”. See what I’m saying? Straight. Up. Chaos!

And we always belittle our dear little side dishes, constantly moving them away so we can get to the “good stuff”. Well dear readers, I am here to stop this travesty. Check our “sides” tab for new entries and let’s find a way to get those sides off the sidelines and into the spotlight!

Recipe

Serves 4

  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic smashed
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • Chili flakes to taste* Optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Make your zoodles using your spiralizer (if you don’t have one, they are quite cheap online at you know where), set aside.

Heat a large frying pan. When pan is hot, add oil, chili flake and smashed garlic. Do not let garlic burn, keep moving around until a nice caramel color forms all over, then remove from pan. Add zucchini and tomatoes to pan, season with salt and pepper and toss to coat; when the zoodles start to become soft, add the lemon zest and toss again. Let cook for just a few more minutes as you want the zoodles to retain some crunch.

Remove from heat and add the chopped parsley to the pan, and toss to coat one last time, serve immediately. Try using tongs and twisting your zoodles into a tall spiral in the middle of the plate, this gets the “wow” factor from your guests.

This dish is wonderful with seafood, you can perch a nice piece of pan seared fish right on top of the spiral, while placing the tomatoes around the outside.

For vegan, try lightly pan frying some sliced firm tofu to sit atop your spiral of goodness.

Cheers, Blue

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