The zucchini onslaught has started in my garden. I think I planted enough to make myself pretty sick of zucchini in about a month…..so I’ve started thinking of ways to use it up and not let it go to waste. I already attempted to freeze some and I don’t think it’s going to turn out that great….have you ever frozen zucchini? My guess is it’s going to be really watery….I guess I could probably use it for a soup.
I have plans for zucchini bread, and my husband really likes it grilled, but I decided to put my spiralizer to work and make zucchini noodles! A great substitute for regular pasta. And for the sauce? We get a yummy plain ground pork from our farmer that I can easily add spice to for variety. The sauce is a spicy, sausage-tasting, Italian meat sauce that gives great flavor to the zucchini noodles.
Before I get to the recipe- we got a dog!!!
Anna is a 6 month old German Sheppard, redbone hound mix that we adopted from the animal shelter. She is quite a handful so far! Hopefully I can Google and read enough on dog training to make her more obedient but right now she is very hard to contain.
She can jump right over that fence. At least she’s potty trained already. The cat’s having a hard time accepting the situation.
Anyway- advice for a new dog would be appreciated! On to the recipe!
Spicy Sausage and Peppers over Zucchini Noodles
Serves: 3-4 /Prep time: 15 minutes /Cook Time: 20 minutes
2 cups prepped zucchini noodles (I used this tutorial)
1 lb ground pork, plain
1 jar clean tomato sauce (or homemade)
1 large red pepper, diced
1 large white onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, minced
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons fresh herbs ( I used sage and basil)
1 tablespoon dried Italian herbs
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 black pepper
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the pork until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Take the pork out of the skillet with a slotted spoon and set aside.
2. With the pan still on, add your coconut oil and heat.
3. Add the onion, pepper, garlic and jalapeño. Cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
3. Add back in your pork, season with a little salt and pepper.
4. Pour in the jar of tomato sauce.
(You could use a 28 oz can of tomatoes here…or 3-4 cups of homemade sauce. I stopped buying canned tomatoes because of the various health risks; and organic, BPA free is expensive. I found this awesome, local, all natural sauce I’ve been using that’s inexpensive and has clean ingredients. It does have sugar but a small amount. I figure it’s better than buying conventional canned tomatoes.)
5. Add all your spices and mix well.
6. Let the sauce simmer for 10-15 more minutes. Serve over the noodles.
Yum! I love sausage and peppers!
What brand of canned/jarred tomatoes do you buy?
Any advice for a first time dog owner? Training tips?