Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Zoodles a La Vodka with Farmers Market Finds

Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are having a good week so far.   I woke up to a beautiful morning after much thunder storming last night.  I am feeling a bit sore from the Crossfit workouts this week however, I am still enjoying the WODs.  I love how Crossfit focuses more on improving athletic performance rather than lowering the number on the scale.  Love the energy from everyone around me and also, learning from all of these amazing athletes.
 
As you know, from my previous post, the next couple of months I will only be posting on Wednesdays.  I still wanted to share a few fun things I did during my week and a simple summer meal recipe.  I hope you enjoy!

Last Thursday my day started a bit rocky, I woke up to car issues. I had to share vehicles for the day with Joe which required me to bring him to work and to also skip my morning workout (booohooo, I know.)  The trip to his work did not go to waste, though... I love stopping by the WholeFoodsMarket's nearby, for a coffee and some aisle browsing.

Also, across from WholeFoods, and much to my surprise ;o), was the opening of my favorite Colorado Springs Farmers Market.

I shared this tidbit on Instagram (@ahealthier_fitterme) but I love this farmers market because they have a booth where you can fill up a potato bag (full) with produce for only ten dollars.  They also have other fun booths but, this particular vendor is my favorite.

I picked up an assortment of yummy veggies and herbs including jumbo size zucchinis! Needless to say; Thursday turned out to be a pretty awesome day.

 These days I am all about the practical easy summer time meals and to be honest most of them consist of leftovers and some sort of store bought item.   I have also been overworking one of my favorite kitchen tools: The Spirooli.  Anyway, I wanted to share a super simple dish I made twice last week...

Zoodles a La Vodka
Ingredients:
4 large zucchinis or yellow squash (I like to combine both)
12 oz. of precooked chicken breast (shredded)
1/4 cup of nutritional yeast or Parmesan cheese
1 cup of low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup of frozen peas
1 cup of a La Vodka sauce
1 cup of mixed peppers (I used frozen)
1 tsp. of minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
about 1 tbsp. of spaghetti seasoning (or to taste)
1 tbsp. of olive oil
This Cucina Antica la Vodka sauce is what makes this dish so delicious.  It is a bit expensive but it contains really good ingredients and it is SO TASTY!  I found mine at WholeFoodsMarket.

I also used:
a Spirooli (you can use a potato peeler) 
a large baking dish (size depends on the quantity of your zoodles)
a sauce pan

Directions:
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.  Create your noodles!  I like to do a knife incision in my zucchini (just like the photo below, do not go too deep) this is to prevent your noodles for being super long after spiralizing them.  If you do not have a spirooli, feel free to use a potato peeler for this step.

Place the noodles in a baking dish and season with salt pepper, spaghetti seasoning, 1 tbsp. of the nutritional yeast (or Parmesan cheese) and sprinkle your frozen peas over it.  Set it aside.
Preheat a medium sauce pan at low to medium heat.  Add in the olive oil and peppers.  Once your peppers are soft/cooked, add in the garlic, chicken and season with salt, pepper and spaghetti seasoning to taste (remember everything is cooked, taste and adjust according to your taste.) 

Add the chicken broth and the Vodka sauce.  Adjust sauce for seasoning.  Stir and let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and allow the sauce cool a bit, for about 5 minutes.  Pour in the sauce over the zoodles and sprinkle the rest of your nutritional yeast (or cheese) over top.

Place your baking dish in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.  Let it cool for 5 minutes.

Serve and enjoy! 
Easy, right?
We had this as our dinner, but this recipe can also serve as a hearty side dish.   I hope you give it a try!

Have you visited a farmers market in your area yet?
  Share your farmers market finds with me on Instagram!

1 comment:

  1. Ah, so jealous! i need to find a good Farmer's Market by me! You would think that would be easy with all the farms around here...but it is not!

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