Zucchini Pasta with Chicken

by Chelle in

Carrots, turnips, zucchini, pumpkin, squash, lettuce, basil, eggs, meat, coconut products, 1 banana every few days, pecans, some seeds, olives, and macadamia nuts.

I'm writing you in the midst of attempting one of those crazy fads I said I would never do. However, I've heard sugar is the worst for your immune system and since I tend to be more of the canary in a mine when it comes to the colds going around from now until April I decided I would give The 21 Day Sugar Detox a try. I'm writing to you at the end of day 11. 

 As I began to prepare for the dreary sugarless days ahead a section in the book  noted that FODMAP- Fermentable, Oligo-, Di, Mono-saccharides and Polyols- are types of carbohydrates that some people have difficulty digesting and contribute to IBS (something I've been "not dealing with" for years). Googling lists is difficult because each list has a few addition or subtractions but I found this one and built on it.  Oh and incidentally you've told me I should give them up for ages. I should have listened to you!   Eliminating them during the 21 days cut the list of edible vegetables in half. But Joel, oh yes he's doing this too, said, "either we do this right or we don't do it." 

I've thought of you a lot when I'm missing chocolate or can't get the idea of a milkshake out of my mind but mostly as I prep each meal. Salads loaded with fresh veggies, seeds, and toped in olive oil. Coconut flower muffins seemed a bit grainy on day 5 but 6 days later are like chocolate cake at the end of day 11. Meats are full of flavor and roasted carrots rival many french fries when baked in olive oil and salt. I think of all the times you've cooked for me and how it's always been a feast and I couldn't stop eating and then I get excited to make something yummy. 

Yes it's been hard. Some days tempers (mainly mine) run short. It's so weird how entitled I feel to have cream in my coffee. I'll save any ravings about amazing skin or weight loss and simply say at day 11 I feel healthier than I've felt in ages. I'm excited to learn from this time and incorporate elements of it into every day life. You know ground breaking things like eating breakfast, menu planning, and taking lunches to work.  Making the time to form some rhythms feels like a sustainable investment. 

Anyway I mainly started to write this because I found this. What is it? It turns zucchini, carrots, and squash into pasta. 

The picture from above is my first successful attempt at zucchini pasta. There were a few misses. 

You will need:

  • 2 zucchini 
  • 2 skinless breasts of chicken
  • Olive oil 
  • 1/4 cup Basil 
  • Salt 
  • Pepper 
  • 1/4 cup black olives
  1. Peel the zucchini and put it through the spiral vegetable slicer and put in a big bowl
  2. In a separate bowl mix olive oil,  chopped basil, slat, pepper and black olives and pour mixture into larger bowl containing the zucchini 
  3. In a frying pan over medium heat sauté chicken in olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  4. When chicken is done stir into pasta mix and serve

If you want to have a warmer dish after cooking chicken sauté pasta mixture for several minutes with olive oil. 

There is my trendy, foodie, detox blog post for the year. But as much as I laugh I am actually falling asleep quickly, waking up refreshed instead of exhausted, no headaches, backaches and less crazy stomach things... oh and my skin looks good. So maybe something is working.