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Cucumber (Noodle) Salad!

Tested the Paderno vegetable spiral slicer on some cucumbers this evening.
Voila!  Cucumber Salad with a twist – literally.

Peeled the cucumbers, sliced off the bitter ends and ran them through the machine with the help of my trusty assistant Alex.  Salted generously and added snipped chives from the garden.  All done.  

This was really fun.  Some of the “noodles” were nearly 3 feet long!  Next up will be zucchini “zoodles” and sweet potato noodles.  Hmm…guess it’s time for a trip to the store…

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Looks like spaghetti! Check out the length on those cucumber spirals!

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Yup. Roll it up just like pasta. …Yeah…this is how we roll… *giggle*

What a Deal!

Facebook was alit with the news that the Paderno vegetable spiral slicer was 50% off.
Time to pounce!  Those zoodles were a hit!

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Even though I wasn’t keen on more equipment to take up money and space, the price made it worth the bother.  I was surprised at how compact it is – much smaller than I anticipated.

I plan to make a variation on cucumber salad with it tonight, and some zoodles and sweet potato noodles this weekend.  This should be fun!

Zoodles!

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So, veggie “noodles” have been all the rage in the Paleoshphere, especially the spiral-cut ones.  Thought I’d be a little adventurous and try zucchini noodles in our chicken korma.

They were a hit – now we understand what all the fuss is about!  I didn’t want to make an investment in another kitchen contraption tool in the event the final product didn’t live up to its reputation, so I got a manual julienne peeler to do the work.  It was speedy, effective, and easy to clean (dishwasher!) and cut lovely little zoodles perfect for side dishes or stir fry.

I should have hopped on this trend sooner!

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What’s For Dinner?

Let’s see…one leftover steak and three people to feed…

Sometimes leftovers create some of the best meals by accident.  I usually save small portions of leftover meat for stir fry, but tonight found myself without the accompanying vegetables.  I do however, nearly always have sautéed mushrooms and onions in the fridge.  Tonight there also happened to be some fresh green beans I’d meant to fry up in bacon grease.  Hmm…small change of plans…

First, I sliced up the steak as if I were making stir fry and browned it well in ghee, salting it to taste.  Then added a generous helping of mushrooms and onions (also sautéed in ghee) until well-heated and flavors melded.  Set the meat aside and added freshly snipped green beans to the pan with a little water, covered and steamed until tender.

Piled the green beans on each plate with a helping of steak, mushrooms and onions atop.  Yummy!  It was gone so fast there wasn’t any time to capture it in photos!

Mushrooms & Onions are so versatile and handy to have in the fridge.  Slice your onions either manually or with a food processor (I prefer the latter), salt generously and sauté in ghee until browned.  Set onions aside in a bowl and sauté the mushrooms in ghee, salting generously.  When well-browned, combine onions and mushrooms thoroughly, cool and keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.  The generous salting will help preserve and extend its usefulness.  Add to eggs, vegetables, atop meats, or anything else you can dream up.  Yum!