Zucchini Noodles: Celebrate the Small Successes

by simplylife on August 7, 2012

Sometimes, it’s the little successes along the way that we need to celebrate most.

Sure, getting that new job, sharing vows to someone, and welcoming a new child into this world all undoubtedly should be celebrated.

But I also think the small successes that enable us to pursue the big ones are worth recognition.  A negative test at the doctor’s office.  Having friends you can call at any hour of the day.  Giving a great presentation at work.

Another day where you and your loved ones wake-up healthy.

While it may not feel like much, this meal is our own small success along the way as it is proof that amidst busy schedules and chaotic lives, my husband and I have continued to prioritize eating home-cooked, healthy meals together.  Often times, it would be incredibly easy and tempting to eat more “convenient foods” separately as we rush from one commitment to the next, but we try to sit down together for dinner whenever possible, and having meals like this that come together in just minutes (and are even fun to eat!) help to make that possible.


Zucchini Noodles

by Simply Life

Keywords: saute entree side vegetarian zucchini squash summer

Ingredients (2 servings)

  • 1 1/2 large zucchini
  • 3 tbs. olive oil
  • 12 oz. pasta sauce
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbs. fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • Parmesan cheese


1. Slice zucchini using a spiral vegetable slicer.

2. Heat olive oil in large pan over medium-high heat. Gently sauté zucchini in hot oil for about 3 minutes, until slightly tender (if you cook it too long, it will become very soft/mushy).

3. Meanwhile, heat pasta sauce in small pot. Add red pepper flakes to sauce and stir together.

4. Serve zucchini with sauce and top with basil and parmesan cheese; enjoy!

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~What is a “small success” you have/would like to celebrate?

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  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne

    A meal this DELICIOUS and healthy is definitely something to be celebrated!

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    These zucchini noodles look SO fun and yummy! I love that you and your hubby are able to eat together so often. Mike and I make that a priority too. I’ve gotta try making noodles out of our CSA zucchini!!!

  • http://secondcityrandomness.wordpress.com/ Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I am wondering if maybe my “tater twister” I have will work with zucchini. They’re much softer, so I think if I just slowed it down a bit, it would work…

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Right on! It’s the small things that count, right? =) Love this twist!

  • http://goodeatsgirl.com/ Autumn@GoodEatsGirl

    YUM! This looks amazing! I have never made zucchini noodles!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You should try! It’s incredibly easy and so fun to eat! 🙂

  • decocinasytacones

    What a funny recipe!!!. I love zuchinnis or courgettes, I should try this….Love

  • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

    This really does look fun to eat! Now I totally need to get a spiral veggie slicer…

  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I agree that it’s nice to celebrate the small successes, and that yes, eating a nice, healthy meal together is definitely something worth being thankful for and appreciating!

  • http://yummychunklet.wordpress.com/ Yummychunklet

    It’s great to celebrate small successes, then you’ll always be celebrating! For instance, I successfully completed one day of vegan eating with no cheating! Woo-hoo!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      hey that’s great! congrats! 🙂

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    Clearly I need a spiral veggie slicing in my life. Wow this looks great!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You can borrow mine any time 🙂

  • http://cookingmywaythroughmycsa.blogspot.com/ Sam

    I always want to get a spiral cutter so I can do this, but then convince myself that there’s not actually space in my kitchen. Now I’m thinking of going up to the kitchen store tomorrow and picking one up….Those look so much better than the zucchini “pasta” I make with a vegetable peeler.

  • http://mybizzykitchen.com/ Biz

    I actually use a spiral vegetable peeler that I got at Tuesday Morning for like $4 – love how pretty the zucchini looks that way!

    I agree – sometimes life has you going in so many directions, you have to consciously slow down. My husband and I have dinner every night together – although always in front of the t.v. – one day I’ll get him to our dining table!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Wow $4 – what a great deal! Love that you two have dinner together! 🙂

  • http://www.myplaceintherace.com/ Shannon ~ My Place In The Race

    My zucchini noodles always look a crazy mess. But they still taste great!

  • Priya

    Those zucchini noodles looks awesome and fantastic.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    I love to celebrate all the little things in life. Everyday there is a reason to celebrate! The photos in this post are incredible. I especially love that second shot – wow!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh THANK YOU! =)

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