Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Recipe Box # 5 - Zucchini Alfredo - Lunch is Back


Last week, everyday was special. I had company on Monday and Tuesday and hubby was home Wednesday through Friday. There was no single lunch for me.

It is a new week and a busy one but so far, I am here for lunch. Yesterday, I indulged again but since I am steadily losing weight, bit by bit, I am happy for the indulgences. The trade-off is chocolate for a more adventurous for lunch.

Monday's lunch, looking back could have been made completely with zucchini noodles, skipping the brown rice pasta and it would have been a better dish but I was so, in the mood, for pasta. The sauce killed it anyway. Be prepared for some really healthy lunches and some over the top ones.

One of my favorite dishes is an Alfredo which is why when I came across this recipe at allrecipes.com, I knew I was going to make it. I like the idea that I was, at least, getting some zucchini into it. I bet it would be good with broccoli or spinach.

Zucchini Alfredo adapted from All Recipes. com

Ingredients:


1 (12 ounce) package uncookedgluten-free spaghetti
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large zucchini, made into curls or ribbons
1/2 cup milk
4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese

Method:

Cook gluten-free spaghetti according to directions on package.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Addzucchini, and cook 10 minutes, until some of the moisture has evaporated.  Put aside.

Pour the milk into the skillet, and stir in cream cheese until melted. 

Add in Cheddar and cook for another minute or two until cheese is melted.

Add pasta and zucchini  and mix until coated.

Mix in basil.  Season with salt and pepper. (I just realized, I forgot the basil and I have a beautiful fresh crop, outside, Shame on me.)

Serve over the cooked pasta.

Creamy and delicious.

Recipe Box




What did we find in last week's Recipe Box?  Lots of good eating.  Let's take a look.

There was a tie for the recipes with the most clicks.

Anita (Aunt Nubby's Kitchen) and this beautiful White Chocolate Chip Cake.
and Judee from Gluten-Free A-Z and her Fabulous Finds


Some more amazing dishes:

Patriotic Cones from Annie's Home

Tomato Basil Pizza on the Grill from On the Home Front - I am hungry now.
pizza, grilling
Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette from Galley Kitchen


Some photos of delightful desserts:

29. Sweet Tart Cheesecake  34. Mocha Chip Ice Cream
36. Chocolate Banana Cake 37. Baileys Tiramisu

31. Banana Pudding13. Apricot Yeast Coffee Cake

9. Mini Cinnamon Rolls7. Skinny Cake Batter Ice Cream Sandwiches
38. Chewy chock-chip cookies1. Zucchini Mini Cakes & Cake Balls
3. Carrot Cake Cup Cakes 6. 4th of July Desserts
20. Salted Pecan Ice Cream 

I hope, I included all the desserts.  If I missed any, please let me know.  There was such a wonderful variety.  Just picture these on a Viennese table.  How much fun would that be!
I look forward to what you will put in the Recipe Box, this week.  Please do join in the fun.




34 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting again, Chaya! :)

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  2. What a great lunch Chaya! I love zucchini, and I'm basil-freak (seriously!)

    Thanks for another great party:)

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    1. You can add more zucchini and less pasta for a healthier dish if you love zucchini.

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  3. I added your party to my Party Page... and tweeted it. I hope this helps spread the word.

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    1. Thanks, you are a doll. I made your patties tonight and I hope to blog them soon. They were delicious.

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  4. Chaya, Thank you for featuring the pound cake! This week I have share a vegetable tian and salmon fillets. Thank you for hosting!

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    1. That vegetable tian is calling my name. You do present such beautiful dishes.

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  5. Thanks for hosting! Your Zucchini Alfredo looks delicious! I'll have to try it when my zucchini is ripe!

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    1. If you do get to make it, enjoy it, every single bite. Nothing like fresh zucchini except fresh corn.

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  6. Wonderful creative lunch. It's amazing how we can use zucchini in so many different ways. Thanks for hosting. Have a great week.

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    1. Do I ever agree with you! Zucchini does not have a strong taste but it adapts to whatever you do with it.

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  7. Hello and thank you for hosting.

    This week I am sharing some sweet treats!

    (1)Coconut Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with a “caramel” Sauce (dairy free, cane-sugar free, SCD friendly)
    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/07/coconut-vanilla-bean-ice-cream-with.html

    (2) Cherry Banana Smoothie (dairy free, no added sugar, SCD)
    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/07/cherry-banana-ginger-smoothie-scd.html

    (3) Strawberry Cherry Pie with Cashew Cream Topping (grain free, gluten free, dairy free, cane-sugar free, SCD friendly)
    http://www.thetastyalternative.com/2012/07/strawberry-cherry-pie-with-cashew-cream.html

    Have a great week,
    --Amber

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    1. Each one of these tempts me. I could not pick which is a favorite. They are all terrific.

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  8. Thank you for the invitation to join in. I'm glad to be here. I see lots of interesting links. :)

    I've linked my recipe for Poached Eggs and Beet Greens; a simple, satisfying meal perfect for Meatless Monday. Enjoy!

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    1. When I saw this on your blog, it was love at first sight, if one can really fall in love with food. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  9. Hi Chaya,
    Everything looks delicious! I am sharing my Strawberry Mint Lemonade today, just a little something to keep us cool. Hope you are having a great week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Helen, that is a beautiful photo. The drink is presented in the perfect background.

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  10. Good morning, Chaya! Lovely delicious yummies!
    I'm sharing some brownie today, have a great day!

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  11. I love everything you bake. I was examining that recipe, earlier today, to see if I could join in but my hubby does not like chocolate and I refuse to make anything, I may have to finish off, myself.

    I do plan to make the coffee cake from Pappas but I am inviting company over to share it with me. I doubt hubby is going to enjoy it with us.

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  12. It's been awhile since I've had an alfredo. This looks tasty!

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  13. Hi Chaya, this is my first time joining your recipe box. What a great blog hop event, thanks for hosting. Have submitted my healthier carrot walnut cake recipe.

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  14. I would love it, if you would share this, & any other recipes you may have, on my recipe link up. http://goodrecipesonline.com/organized-linkup-for-all-your-recipes-goodrecipesonline-com/.

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  15. Always wondered how gluten free pasta tastes. Would I notice the difference? I knw it's better for me. Although I don't eat pasta much. Love the idea of zucchini, Chaya.

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  16. Dear Chaya, This is a delicious post. What wonderful looking recipes.
    Your Zucchini Alfredo sounds very good indeed. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  17. Dear Chaya, I have also added my blueberry pancakes to your link up! Blessings again my dear. Catherine xo

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  18. Thanks for the invite! It's nice to see all the various recipes. :)

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  19. Your Zucchini Alfredo looks delish! Thanks for hosting, Chaya!

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  20. Special days usually mean great lunches!

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  21. Love food blog challenges, like the SRC? Why not join me in “Taste and Create”…

    Taste&Create was started as a food event by Nicole from For the Love of Food. It’s whole purpose was, and has been, to create a community of bloggers who test each others’ recipes and share links. It has also been to help new and not so well known bloggers get their foot in the door of the foodie community.

    Click on the "Taste and Create" button in my sidebar for more information.

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  22. What a delicious sauce your Zucchini Alfredo has! I love how wonderfully cheesy it is. This week I have shared a Chinese Style Beef dish with your Recipe Box. Thank you for hosting!

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  23. Hi Chaya, I've just linked a bread post! Thank you for hosting, have a nice day!

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  24. Hi Chaya, Me again! I'm sharing a bowl of soup today! Have a lovely week!

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  25. Hi Chaya,
    This time it is Chicken Wings! Thanks for hosting!

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