Truth: We LOVE pasta!! But with the New Year upon us we are trying to cut back a bit. Into save the day, Veggie Noodle Co! We are pretty in love with their noodles! Time is always of the essence so a 4 min prep of Veggie Noodles or a 20 min prep (or more) making our own... It's easy to see the winner! And they are from Austin, so that makes the choice a no brainer. With the new year also brings in our resolution to cut back on the meat we consume as a family. The solution, M-U-S-H-R-O-O-M blendability! Mushroom blendability is where you mix 50% ground meat with 50% chopped mushrooms.
"Mixing mushrooms into the recipe brings another serving of vegetables to the plate and adds bulk and volume, generating more servings and stretching recipes into more portions." from our friends at the Mushroom Channel
And it that wasn't enough there is the cost savings side of mushroom blendability. So everyone wins!
Without further ado we introduce: Zucchini Noodles with Venison Mushroom Blend
2 large portabella mushrooms, sliced
1 package of Zucchini Spirals - Veggie Noodle Co
2 tbsp of roasted garlic olive oil - Spicewood Food Co
2.5 oz pasta sauce
1 lb venison - (you can use ground turkey meat or hamburger meat)
grated fresh parmesan cheese
Take Zucchini Spirals out of package and cover with a paper towel, press gently to remove any excess water. Leave on paper towel while you make the mushroom blend.
In a large non-stick pan, over medium-heat add venison. Stirring from time to time to break up the venison.
Chop up portabellas in the food processor, (we use the ninja). You can also chop finely with a knife. Once portabellas are chopped blend them into the venison cooking in the pan. Cook, stir for about 5 minutes or until venison is cooked or browned.
Once the venison mushroom blend is ready reduce the heat and add jar of pasta sauce. (Yes, we do love homemade sauce, but on a weeknight we tend to lean towards pre-made pasta sauce).
Warm the olive oil in a second frying pan. Add Zucchini Spirals, tossing with tongs for about a minute. They do not need too much cooking. They should retain a nice bite, but no be raw.
Place sauteed Zucchini Spirals on plate and put venison mushroom blend sauce over Zucchini Spirals. Garnish with pepper, salt and parmesan cheese!