I would read articles and recipe blogs about zucchini and spaghetti squash being good alternatives to starchy foods like pasta and other noodles. It took me awhile to jump on board with this idea as I love my pasta! Don't read too much into this, I still have whole wheat pasta every once in awhile, and think its okay in moderation, but I've really learned to love these other options as they are more nutritious and super easy to make.
There are a couple of different tools you can use to make zucchini noodles, or what I like to call "zoodles". I use a veggie spiralizer, but a julianne slicer or other type of veggie slicer will work too. You can find these in most stores such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target or other home goods stores.
Just let the machine do the work. Place the zucchini in the tool and turn the knob to twist out the noodles, it's that simple. After slicing the vegetables, take a paper towel and lightly squeeze them to get out any excess water. Now, they are ready to cook.
Put 1 Tbls of oil in a pan and turn on medium heat. Toss in the zoodles and let them cook up for about 5 minutes. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, and that's about it!
You can serve these as a side dish, or use this as a base for your main meal. Just add a lean protein like chicken or shrimp and some vegetables for a full meal.
I use the roasting method for cooking spaghetti squash. Slice the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Scoop out the middle section of seeds, and brush the outer portion with olive oil, salt and pepper.
Place the squash open side down, and put in the oven, 400 degrees for 45 minutes. Easy!
When they come out of the oven, let them cool about 10 minutes before attempting to handle. Once they cool, turn over the squash, and with a fork, scoop out the squash into a dish. The squash will look like small strands of spaghetti. You can serve these as a side dish, or use this as a base for your main meal. Just add a lean protein like chicken or shrimp and some vegetables for a full meal.