go In addition to our garden, we belong to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). This means we buy a share of a local farmers’ crop. If it’s a good season, we get a whole bunch of yummy veggies, fruits and herbs for cheap. However, if it’s a bad season (due to too much or too little rain, too hot or too cold, etc.) then you get very little for the same amount of money. We have been doing this for 4 years and haven’t had a bad year yet. It’s a great, convenient, and inexpensive way to get fresh local food and some food you may not normally buy in the store. Most CSA’s will give you recipes so you know how to prepare whatever unique veggies they give you from week to week. It has definitely made me a better cook and has gotten us to experiment with new foods. They also have meat, egg, and flower CSAs. If you are interested in learning more about a CSA in your area, go to www.localharvest.org.
go to link So why did I just waste a bunch of time talking about CSAs? Well, our garden and our CSA just gave us a counter full of tomatoes, onion, garlic, shallots, jalapenos, peppers and more zucchini. What better way to use up a bunch of that than making homemade meat marinara sauce over zucchini noodles or “zoodles”?
watch zucchini noodles or “zoodles”
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Fresh Tomato and Meat Sauce over Zucchini Noodles
- 1.5lbs ground beef
- 2lbs tomatoes
- 8oz tomato paste
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 1T dried oregano
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 1T olive oil
- Handful fresh basil, chopped
- Salt & Pepper
- 2 small zucchini
- Cook ground beef until brown. Drain all but 1T of grease from beef. Remove beef from pan and place in a bowl for later.
- While cooking beef, prepare the sauce. Start by cutting stems and any hard core from the tomatoes, and crush them by hand in a bowl. I did not remove the skins or seeds, but you can if you want.
- Over medium heat, saute onion and garlic in olive oil for about 3 minutes in a dutch oven (or large pot).
- Add tomatoes and tomato paste to pot.
- Turn heat to low. Add green pepper, jalapeno, oregano, basil and browned beef. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Using your spiralizer, make noodles out of the two zucchini. No need to peel them. There was some zucchini left that didn't fit in the spiralizer, so I cut that into 1 inch chunks so I didn't waste it.
- Toss the zucchini in the pan that you used to cook the beef, with the leftover grease. Cook the zucchini over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until soft and heated through, stirring occasionally.
- The sauce is ready after about 15 minutes, but feel free to simmer longer to let the flavors really soak in.
- Add zucchini to plate and top with sauce. Add some cheese or basil for extra toppings if you like.
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