I grew up in Kenya and one of the things I learned how to prepare first was of course spaghetti. I was very independent at a young age, I think that is the case with most kids growing up in Kenya, you are expected to know your way around the kitchen.
Learning my way around the kitchen would come in handy when I did not like the food of the day and I would have preferred to eat spaghetti, I would take myself to the kitchen and prepare what I wanted. My Mum’s rules were simple, you eat what has been prepared for the day or you can go hungry or make your own food. I chose the latter on days such as these. It was nothing personal, I loved my Mum’s cooking or my sister’s cooking as might be the case. I think I was just obsessed with how spaghetti looked and tasted. That is how my love for spaghetti began.
With my move to the West one of things I have had to curb is Spaghetti. I can’t eat as abundantly as before. For me it adds too much weight, especially the way I would eat it.
If you are looking for a great alternative to spaghetti, try zucchini instead. It’s such a great alternative to add to eating healthy and I promise you, you will not miss spaghetti as much.
Zucchini is a great alternative as it helps you maintain a healthy weight. Zucchini is extremely low in calories, but it gives you the feeling of being full. Therefore, zucchini is a great way to satisfy your appetite without grabbing calories and starting a crash diet plan. Apart from the low-calorie count, zucchini has a high water content and is rich in fiber.
It is also great for your heart health. Zucchini is rich in nutritional value, especially during the summer, when it delivers countless advantages to the body. It has an abundance of manganese and vitamin C that helps to keep your heart strong. The magnesium content notably reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In combination with potassium, magnesium also helps in reducing high blood pressure.
Tips for buying Zucchini:
- When you buy zucchini, ensure that it’s young and sweet in taste. The zucchini squash that has flowers attached are the real fresh and juicy examples.
- Also, check if the one you are buying is sleek, smooth and firm and has bright-colored skin
- It is always advisable to store zucchini in perforated plastic bags inside a refrigerator drawer.
- Try not to keep zucchini stored for more than 3 days, since they can get damaged in overly cold temperatures. If damaged, you will notice hollow pits in the skin surface of the fruit after you take it out of the refrigerator.
How to prepare Zucchini:
- While you are eating this fruit, do not remove the skin because it comprises the important nutrient beta-carotene, the vitamin component acting as an antioxidant thereby protecting cells from oxidation damage.
- One of the easiest ways of having zucchini is by sprinkling grated zucchini or other varieties of summer squash on salads and sandwiches. You can also add zucchini to your favorite bread recipe; thereby reducing the amount of liquid in the recipe.
- You can also make a great zoodles with zucchini. No need for cooking. All you need to prepare this meal is featured below.
Salt to taste
You will need a spiralizer to prepare the zucchini for them to look like noodles as pictured. If you do not have one, do not even fret, simply use a grater. (We want you to eat the raw zuchinni, we do not want you to give up on eating healthy because you do not have a gadget, cut them in squares if you have to, but let’s go ahead and eat zucchini :o) )
Now let’s make the sauce, simply put all the ingredients apart from the zucchini and cherry tomatoes. Now mix up them up in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!!