Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10-15 mins
Who doesn’t love pasta? But did you know that traditional pasta can cause inflammation, elevate blood sugar levels and force your pancreas to produce high amounts of insulin?
This delicious recipe using spiralised zucchini instead of pasta made from flour, gives us the same satisfaction of eating pasta, whilst providing our bodies a meal which is rich in cancer fighting nutrients. Unfortunately, as much as we enjoy traditional pasta, the effects of eating it on our bodies can be significantly negative.
Pastas main ingredient is flour, which is in essence, is finely ground, bleached, genetically modified wheat. Wheat is genetically modified to give it properties that will make it toxic to; and therefor repel insects as well as making it resistant to pesticides like Roundup, which is designed to kill insects and weeds. Many people now believe that the rise in people suffering from gluten allergies from wheat, is actually inflammation in the stomach caused by a reaction to way the wheat has been modified, not the gluten it contains.
When we consume regular pasta, as it is made from highly processed flour and water, our body breaks it down very quickly and although it contains no sugar, once broken down, it becomes high glycemic glucose. A quick release of glucose in our body, raises both blood sugar and insulin levels and unless you are about to run a marathon, this is not great for our health. Shortly after a meal of pasta, you will likely feel a crash of energy as insulin is released by our pancreas, flushing sugar out of our blood and into cells. This then makes us hungry again and craving sugary foods to raise blood sugar levels again to normal levels.
The biproduct of the glucose being burned off is lactic acid, causing inflammation which should also be avoided as we know that cancer cells thrive in an acidic inflamed environment.
If you haven’t tried spiralised zucchini as a substitute for pasta before, I encourage you to try it and see how delicious it can be. This recipe contains many of the “FIT 50” cancer fighting ingredients such as zucchini, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, herbs and capsicum.
Most department stores will sell spiralisers which are now either hand held or electric. They are inexpensive and a great addition to any kitchen.
Follow The Directions
In a hot frying pan, add olive oil, crushed garlic, finely sliced onion, capsicum cut into batons and roughly chopped mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper then cook until the ingredients lightly brown.
Add coconut aminos or organic soy sauce and stir through and allow the veg to soak up the fluid.
Pour in vegetable stock and add spiralised zucchini and pasata and stir through and cook for around 3 minutes until the zucchini strands soften a little. Careful not to overcook the zucchini.
Check for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if required. Stir in fresh basil leaves.
Place half in two bowls and top with a little more fresh basil.