The big question: What to do for dinner? It’s been a long day – work’s a beating, traffic is bumper to bumper, the house is a mess, the dog’s going crazy, and if you have kids… oh. my. god. You need something quick and easy and satisfying… NOW. And possibly a drink.
This faux pasta dish is a perfect meal for one. On the time to prep/cook scale I’d put it between a Lean Cuisine and spaghetti. It swaps noodles for veggies so you can majorly cut down the carb count while adding a lot more vitamins. And it has about 100X less sodium than a Lean Cuisine. Win. Win. Win.
What you need:
- 1 zucchini, peeled
- 1 tomato, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt & pepper
- parmesan cheese
What you do:
With a peeler, shave the zucchini into long pasta-like ribbons. Heat olive oil in a skillet. Toss in zucchini and coat with oil. Cook 3-4 minutes. Add tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper, if you like. Continue cooking 1-2 minutes. When the zucchini is tender, it’s done! Put it in a bowl. Sprinkle some parm on top. And there’s dinner!
You can also…
Use pasta sauce as a topping instead of tomatoes.
Add garlic or fresh herbs like basil and oregano while cooking.
It’s colorful, fresh and delicious. And the no-noodles twirl like spaghetti so it’s fun to eat too. Enjoy!
Here’s a southwestern seasoning to use on white fish if you want a little kick. I’ll sprinkle it on tilapia and bake it in the oven, or you can pan fry it on the stove too. It’s a good, quick, dinner-for-one meal. You could even make the seasoning in advance so you have it ready to go on a night that you just want to throw something together fast. I did this last night with cilantro-lime rice and the Mexican Explosion. Perfect combo!
For the rice, just make long grain white rice following to the directions on the package. Then when it’s almost done cooking, add some chopped cilantro, squeeze in some lime juice and stir. Easy. And so much better than a package!
And for the fish…
Here’s what you need:
(Recipe serves 4)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (add more if you want more kick)
2 tbsp olive oil
Here’s what you do:
Prehead oven to 450 degrees. Mix the garlic powder, chili powder, salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Squeeze lime juice over both sides of the fish. Sprinkle seasoning evenly over both sides of the fish. Spread 1 tbsp olive oil on baking sheet. Place fish on sheet. Drizzle remaining olive oil over the filets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until fish is opaque and flaky.
Whole Foods’ Web site has lots of tips for preparing and cooking fish, plus nutritional highlights for different types of seafood.