Now before you say, “Gross–that sounds disgusting!”, know that I said the same thing. When I first started going grain-free, I tried to find pasta-substitutes and often saw “zucchini” as one option but thought it sounded terrible. Well, my grandma sent me some fresh zucchini from her garden so I thought I would give it a try. I made the hamburger hotdish I grew up with using “zucchini noodles” instead of macaroni. I was pleasantly surprised and hope that you will be as well!
Grain-Free Hamburger Hotdish with Zucchini
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 can tomato sauce
1 can tomato paste (3 oz)
1 can chopped tomatoes
sprinkle of Italian seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
2 medium zucchinis or one large zucchini
1. Brown hamburger in skillet, add onions and cook until tender.
2. Add seasonings and tomato sauce, paste and chopped tomatoes. Cook.
3. Peel the green peeling off of zucchinis. “Peel” the rest of the zucchini with a potato peeler so that there are zucchini strips or ribbons. Add peeled zucchini and simmer for 5-8 minutes depending on desired tenderness. Serve!