“My goal for 2016 was to lose just 10 pounds.  Only 15 to go!”

For those of you who’ve been paying attention to my recipes, they tend to be lo-carb.  Yes, Hubby and I are trying to get those number in order – that’s the blood sugar and blood pressure numbers.  We also want to enjoy food.  And so I had to find a pasta substitute.

In the past I bought an apparatus that promised it would quickly and efficiently turn just about any firm veggie into noodle-like spirals.  This needs to be filed along with the story that having a child really doesn’t change your life all that much.  But I digress.

Enter one of my favorite markets.  After many  attempts to make my own veggie noodles and countless boxes of bandages, I discovered these.

Zucchini Noodles

You can buy them!  I was on a roll!

And so I went on to create a wondrous, delicious dish that had my husband exclaim, “This is really great, but I thought we were supposed to avoid pasta.”

I will now list the ingredients I used.  Bear in mind, however, that this dish was mostly created out of dibs and dabs of leftover food from the fridge.


1 T coconut oil

1/2 pound ground beef

1/2 small onion, chopped

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

2T diced tomato

1 cup green beans

1 to 2 cups zucchini noodles, cooked

2 or 3 slices American cheese


Place the zucchini noodle into boiling water for 1 minute.  Drain and let them sit in the sieve until you’re ready for them.

Saute the beef, onions, and mushrooms in the coconut oil.  When beef is cooked through add any other things that you might want to put into the pan.

Toss in and toss together the zucchini noodles with the rest of the ingredients.  Place a few slices American cheese on top of the mixture, turn off the heat, and cover the pan.  In just a minute or two the cheese will be melted and make a great sauce for your creation.

FULL DISCLOSURE – My sweetie and I were eating and chatting when we both began to talk together.  He was saying something about something he was looking up online and I simply gasped and said, “Oh, no!”  He told me to go first with my share and I told him that there were supposed to be green beans in the creation but they were still in the microwave.

Without Green Beans
The Green Beans












And so I got the green beans from the microwave, which my husband stirred into his food, because he eats slowly like a gentleman and still had most of his food left.  His wife, however, (not naming names) eats like food is about to go out of style and had only a dab left, which she covered with green beans.  Hubby said the dish was good both ways.

I’m sure this will remain one of our favorite dishes.  I think I need to re-activate that annoying beeping on the microwave that I silenced.  Or maybe I could just leave notes for myself.

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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