Whoever invented the zucchini ribbons to put in place of pasta, that person is a genius. I just love this stuff.
I used a summer squash to make my ribbons.
Make your ribbons with a potato peeler, place them in a colander, salt them, and then let them sit in the brine for a few hours.
When I am making the squash ribbons, I usually let them sit in the brine from lunch time until dinner time.
All you have to do is heat an empty skillet....*note: coat the skillet lightly with cooking spray. The last time I made these, I threw the ribbons in a hot empty skillet with no spray. For some reason the zucchini ruined the Teflon in my skillet. Yup, ate it right off.....and it was an expensive skillet too. I cried when I had to throw it away. Once the Teflon is ruined, there is no fixing it. Or maybe there is....something I don't know about?
This evening I was staring at cherry tomatoes, garden onion, a half bag of spinach, and left-over sweet corn cut off the cob.
I'm going to try and put this in recipe form for you.
Italian Summer Veggies
1 summer squash peeled into ribbons (you don't want the seed part)
1 TBS olive oil
3 small onions from the garden, sliced
1 c. cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 heaping cup of sweet corn cut off the cob
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 large bag of fresh baby spinach
Italian seasoning sprinkled on top (I don't know the amount, but if I would have to guess, I would say 1 TBS)
crushed black pepper
I sauteed the onion, tomatoes, sweet corn, and garlic in olive oil for about 3-5 minutes on med/high heat. Added the spinach, crushed black pepper, and Italian seasoning. Stirred until spinach started to wilt. Placed a lid on top and turned down the heat to low.
While the spinach finished wilting, I heated my skillet for the ribbons. You don't want to cook the ribbons, just get them hot. It only takes a couple minutes.
Place the hot ribbons on your plate and top with veggie mixture.
I didn't have a name for this recipe, so I turned to my Facebook fans for ideas. I had some pretty interesting names for this dish:
"Shoulda left out the tomatoes"
"Italian Summer Veggies"
I like the sound of "Italian Summer Veggies". What do you think?
Sharon Lynn Maynard Gentry is the one that suggested the title. Thank you Sharon!!
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