Zucchini “Pasta” with Avocado Sauce and Turkey Meatballs

Hello Friends!!!

Firstly, let me start out by congratulating Jon R. who won the Pure Via Summer Fit Kit Giveaway!  He should be getting his kit in the next week or two :-)

Now, onto equally important matters – Zucchini Pasta.  Very recently I acquired a Spiralizer similar to this one.  For those of you who have never heard of a spiralizer, it’s this super amazing little gizmo that makes “pasta” noodles out of vegetables – thus creating a low carb version of a pasta-like dish.  It’s phenomenal.  My lovely mother brought me two giant zucchinis recently, so it was a great way to use this tasty produce.  The first few times I was experimenting, I simply sauteed the “noodles” with some garlic infused olive oil and added some Parmesan cheese.  Eventually though, I branched out and had a little more fun with it…..BEHOLD:

Zucchini Pasta, (healthy)Vittles&BitsWhat you see here is a bed of zucchini noodles, with delicious Avocado Pasta Sauce, onions/tomatoes, Parmesan/Feta cheese, turkey meatballs, and fresh basil.

This was very easy to prepare and throw together.  Here’s how I did it:

Zucchini “Pasta” with Avocado Sauce and Turkey Meatballs

Yield: 4 servings

Zucchini “Pasta” with Avocado Sauce and Turkey Meatballs

Ingredients:

  • 2 large zucchinis
  • 1/2 a large onion, diced
  • 1 pint of grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Feta cheese
  • 12 (about) turkey meatballs (I used frozen because I was too lazy to make my own)
  • fresh basil (optional for topping)
  • For the Avocado Sauce:
  • 1 large, ripe avocado
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • the juice from 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup of fresh, chopped basil

Method:

  1. Make the avocado sauce first. Remove the skin and seed from the avocado, and roughly chop the flesh and put in a blender. Add olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt, and basil. Blend well till it forms a lumpless sauce (is that a word? Lumpless?) Set sauce aside.
  2. Cook the diced onion in a skillet on medium with a little olive oil till the onion is translucent. Then add in the tomato halves for another few minutes. Set aside.
  3. Peel the skin off the zucchinis, and then use the spiralizer to create your zucchini "noodles". Sautee in a large skillet on medium-high heat for about 5-7 minutes, or until the zucchini is cooked to your liking (I prefer mine a little on the less cooked side so that it's not too mushy).
  4. Add your avocado sauce to the noodles in the pan. Add back in your onions and tomatoes. Add in your two kinds of cheese.
  5. Cook your meatballs in the microwave (about 2 minutes for every 3-4 meatballs). Then, slice your meatballs into quarters if you want (I like doing that so that they're in bite size pieces). Add the meatballs to your skillet of noodles.
  6. Julienne a little fresh basil to sprinkle on top, and enjoy!
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Zucchini Pasta, (healthy)Vittles&BitsIsn’t it beautiful???  Oh, and it was freaking AMAZING.  I’ve eaten this for dinner like four nights in a row now.  It’s a great way to still enjoy all your favorite pasta dishes/sauces/toppings but still keeping it low carb.  I can’t wait to try out some other veggies with this new gadget.

What would you spiralize??? The possibilities are endless…

 

 

Product Review and Giveaway!!! Pure Via Summer Fit Kit

Disclosure:  I was sent this product for free to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Hello!  I am SUPER excited to announce that today I’m doing my first ever giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Alright, I know that was a lot of exclamation points, but come on, who doesn’t love free stuff??  Crazy people.  Non-crazy people love free stuff, and that’s just what I’ve got to offer you all today :-)

A few weeks ago I received this Pure Via Summer Fit Kit in the mail.

photo (29)It contains Pure Via Non GMO packets, Lipton Unsweetened Instant Iced Tea Mix, Pure Via Stevia Liquid in both plain and vanilla, Pure Via chapstick, a pedometer, and a super cool Pure Via Mason Jar glass (not going to lie, this was probably the thing I was most excited about – you know how much I love mason jars).

Did you know that June is National Iced Tea month?  Honestly I didn’t, which is a little sad considering how much tea I drink… 12 cups a day anyone?  Just kidding it’s not that bad… at least not everyday…..  Anyways…

I always drink unsweetened tea to be honest with you, but I was excited to try this zero calorie sweetener to see what it tastes like, because every now and then you can use a little sweetness.  Amiright?

Obviously the first thing I did, was wash out that mason jar and fill it up with deliciousness….AKA Acai Blackberry Green Tea with some lemon slices and fresh blackberries:

photo 1Now I love this tea on it’s own without any added sweetness , but I decided to try the packet sweetener with this drink:

photo 2I must say, I really liked it.  I thought that the Pure Via gave it just the right amount of sweetness. It wasn’t overpowering at all, and it had a nice, clean taste.  I’m a fan.  If you’re concerned about GMO’s in your food, then obviously this would be a great sweetener option for you.  Honestly, I don’t get too worked up about GMO’s, but if you’re interested in reading more about them, you can check out this blog post I wrote a while ago.

If you would like to make this delicious iced tea, I used Harry & David’s Acai Blackberry Green Tea (7 tea bags) and brought 3 quarts of water to a boil, and then poured over the tea bags. Let them steep for about 10 minutes, and then remove the tea bags. Throw in a sliced lemon and chill in the fridge for a few hours and you’re good to go!

Then, I used the Lipton Unsweetened Instant Iced Tea Mix to try out the liquid sweetners.  I like to add fresh herbs to my iced tea when I have them.  Mint is my favorite, but I had basil today so that’s what I threw in there:

photo 1I gave it one good squirt of the liquid Stevia and that was all it needed.  It was good, but not my favorite.  I’m not sure if that’s because I’m a bit of a tea snob and prefer to brew my own instead of using a powdered mix, or if I just preferred the packet sweetener to the liquid sweetener.  Either way, both liquid and packet Pure Via are good options for adding some sweetness to your beverage without adding calories from sugar.  You guys know I’m all about keeping sugar/carbs controlled in your diet, so I really think this is a great option for people who prefer their drinks to have a sweet taste.

Now, on to the GIVEAWAY!!!!!

I’m using Raffle Copter for the first time, so bear with me, but here is how you enter to win your very own Pure Via Summer Fit Kit:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 So there you have it!  Please consider following Pure Via on Twitter and Facebook, and good luck!  The giveaway will be open until 11:59pm on Friday, July 4th, and I’ll be contacting the winner via email shortly after.   Thanks!

 

 

 

Five Foods I’m Loving Lately (#2)

Hello Everyone!   A few weeks ago I posted the first Five Foods I’m Loving Lately post, and I got a lost of positive feedback from all of you lovely readers, so I’m going to continue with this series until I run out of foods!  J/K, that will never happen.  So here are the foods that I’ve really been loving lately….

1.  Lebanon Bologna and Cream Cheese Roll Ups -
AKA “Keto Sushi”

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I used to eat “bologna roll ups” all the time as a kid, and I’ve recently fallen in love with them all over again.  It’s a quick, delicious way to get some protein in while still staying low-carb.  Just look for bologna that doesn’t have a lot of added sugar (as in, not Sweet Lebanon Bologna).  I also generally use a reduced fat cream cheese or a whipped cream cheese.  Then, I slice a pickle spear into thin slices and roll it up in the middle.  To make it fun, slice the roll up into sushi-like pieces.  It’s a great way to make this into an appetizer for a get together.

2.  Turkey Pepperoni

photo 2 (4)Turkey pepperoni is an easy thing to just grab at the store and munch on whenever you need some quick protein.  It’s a great addition to any homemade pizza (such as this easy, low carb Skillet Pizza) or you can throw a handful on top of a salad.  Or, you can get creative with it as I recently have, and just find a way to use it with the other ingredients in your fridge that need to be used up.  Just the other night for dinner, I took turkey pepperoni, cottage cheese, and tomatoes.  I laid out two slices of pepperoni on top of each other, put a spoonful of cottage cheese on them, and then topped it with a slice of tomato.  They were actually really good, and with all the protein from the cottage cheese and the pepperoni, they were also very filling.

Aren't they cute?  I think I'll call them "Pepperoni Protein Piles".   Okay maybe not.  If anyone thinks of a  good name for them, let me know.

Aren’t they cute? I think I’ll call them “Pepperoni Protein Piles”. Okay maybe not. If anyone thinks of a good name for them, let me know.

3.  Cocoa Dusted Almonds

Sorry I don’t have a photo for these.  I thought I had taken a picture of the canister I have at work, but apparently that was one of those things that I thought of and then promptly forgot about.  Anyway, here’s a link to what they look like.  Almonds in general are packed with healthy, monounsaturated fats, fiber, and also have some protein.  The fact that these are dusted with cocoa powder just makes them all that much more appealing.  They also have cinnamon dusted almonds, and salt and vinegar roasted almonds, so whether you like sweet or salty, there’s an almond out there for everyone.

4.  Deviled Eggs

Super Simple Deviled Eggs, (healthy)Vittles&BitsI’ve talked about my love for eggs many times on this blog.  Lately I’ve really been into deviled eggs.  There’s just something about that cool, creamy yolk filling that seems like a good fit for all this hot, humid weather we’ve been having, and with this Super Simple Deviled Egg Recipe, it only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish to whip up a batch.  In that blog post liked above, I also talk about my egg cooker, and how I really think any egg lover needs an egg cooker.  It makes life so much easier.

 

 

 

5.  Roasted Brussels Sprouts

IMG_5040Does anyone else get cravings for roasted brussels sprouts? Or is that just me?  I don’t know why, but in the past few weeks Brussels Sprouts have been my go to vegetable, and there’s no better way to enjoy veggies than to roast them.  Check out the easy recipe here: Roasted Brussels Sprouts.  You can drizzle balsamic vinegar on top for a tangy twist, or even top with some shredded Parmesan cheese for a more savory version.

That’s all for now folks!

What foods have you been loving lately?