Curly Ribbon Zucchini

June 24, 2010

Confession… it had been 4 days since I last used my handy-dandy slicer – it was time.

For ONCE in my life, I no longer have any frozen pre-packaged meals in my freezer. I am really trying to make an effort to prepare all of my meals. I am very lucky in that I work only a few miles from home.  I don’t have to worry about packing a lunch or going out to spend extra money on top of the grocery bill I already have.

This time I didn’t have a recipe in mind, I just knew I wanted to try a different blade on the slicer. I thought I had yellow zucchini, but it had gone bad – so I had one green one left. I searched through the pantry and fridge and came up with the following:

The Ingredients:

1 Green zucchini
1 Large handful of red grape tomatoes – I used 16
Oil Cured Olives – 6-8
Garlic – 1 Clove
Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese – Shaved for topping
1/2 cup Trader Joe’s Marinara Sauce
Italian Seasoning – a few pinches
Ground Pepper
Olive Oil – Splash in sauté pan

I got the olive oil and garlic sizzling in the pan. I then sliced the tomatoes lengthwise, chopped up the olives and sautéed them for a few minutes.

I added the marinara sauce and let it simmer for about 5 minutes while I got the zucchini loaded into the slicing contraption. I decided to use the straight blade to make zucchini ribbon curls. I actually had to cut the curls because they were too long. One zucchini yielded about 3 cups. I got the ribbon curls added to the pan and tossed them into the sauce. I was surprised at how the curls held up – I half expected them to break and tear and that didn’t happen.

The whole meal took under 15 minutes to prepare and about 5 minutes to eat – YUM!

I have a feeling I will be eating a lot of zucchini and squash pasta this Summer. I think my next veggie to load into the contraption will be a cucumber – I see sunomono and other cucumber salads in my future.



  1. Looks yummy! I think that contraption is going to be a purchase soon for me. I do think that you should make the sunomono….cool, refreshing and perfect for summer! I think that you will make too much though and need to let me taste test it! 🙂

    • Hah! I think I’ll add shrimp too!

  2. So glad you are really enjoying the new chopper machine. Your pictures are turning out fantastic……almost makes one want to eat from them right off the page. Way to go kiddo……definitely not a chip off the old block in this category.


    • Thanks Mommers – I’m having fun and really enjoying my machine.

  3. I did something sort of similar the other night. I don’t have one of those fancy ribbon cutter machines though….So I just used my vegetable peeler and peeled “ribbons” of zucchini. I then sauted them and threw in some parmesan cheese. Mine was more of side dish, so I didn’t add anything else. I think next time though I might need to try your recipe (and get one of those contraptions!).

    • I used to use a veggie peeler too! It’s just so refreshing to not feel so sluggish and bloated after what feels like a huge dish of pasta. Love it!

  4. YUM YUM YUM. I have to be careful how often I click over to your blog because I always get hungry as soon as I do. 😉

    • That’s how I feel about your desserts! Glad you are getting a little break, you sound busy enough!

  5. I’m totally in love with your chopper machine. Seriously the best looking vegetables ever!

  6. I shouldn’t be reading this while I’m hungry. Bad, bad idea. I love the way you used the zucchini – I may have to get myself one of those handy, dandy slicers.

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