Chicken Zucchini Noodle Pasta aka Mediterranean Christmas Tree

The weather was absolutely phenomenal the day that I put together this dish. There’s something about warm, humid weather that makes me want to chow down on a dish that settles lightly in the stomach, but is filling at the same time. In commemoration of this beautiful day, I decided that I wanted to eat something colorful, like a rainbow, that wasn’t a salad. A mixture of fruit, veggies, fresh herbs, and lean protein would satisfy me just fine. So while the Hubster was away, I toyed with ideas in my head, and finally came up with this sweet and savory dish. It presents as a very complicated dish, but you’ll find putting it together is a breeze. Furthermore, it’s completely customizable to what tastes good to your palate.

The way that everything comes together, it resembles a Christmas Tree. Serve it in July for Christmas in July. Add the tomatoes to the zucchini noodles while they’re cooking if you like cooked tomatoes instead of raw. Exchange the tomatoes for chopped strawberries if you want more sweetness to balance out the savory; you don’t have to cook the strawberries. Add as many or as little olives as you want. Leave out the chicken if you want to use the pasta for a side dish or a Meatless Monday meal. We added our Paleo tzatziki sauce to give the whole dish a bit of smoothness (our “snow”). Believe me, this little dish is just as precious as it is scrumptious, and completely gluten-free as we don’t use any pasta!

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Zucchini Noodle Pasta aka Mediteranean Christmas Tree

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 48 minutes

4 Servings

Ingredients

    Chicken Patties
  • 1 lb. Ground Chicken
  • 1 Egg from Pastured Chicken
  • 1 TBSP. Chopped Fresh Dill
  • 1/2 TBSP. Chopped Fresh Flat Italian Parsley
  • 1/2 TBSP Chopped Fresh Oregano
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • Zucchini Noodles
  • 4-5 Zucchinis
  • 1 Large Tomato
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata Olives
  • 1 Star Fruit, Sliced

Instructions

    Cooking the Chicken Patties
  1. Mix all of your ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Form your chicken patties. Make sure they're nice and flat so that they don't take forever to cook. Place them on wax paper when you're finished to preserve the juices.
  3. Add Olive Oil to a skillet. Cook the chicken patties for 6 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for 4-5 minutes on the other side.
  4. Place on Wax Paper until you're ready to put the rest of the dishes together.
  5. Cooking the Zucchini Noodles and Assembling the Dish
  6. Preheat Oven to 375 F
  7. Use a Julienne Peeler (or a Mandolin) to turn your Zucchinis into noodles about the size of ramen noodles. Note: Julienne Peelers create a smaller noodle. Mandolins will produce thicker noodles, which is okay.
  8. Put all of your noodles in a colander in the sink. Sprinkle with salt and let sit for 20-30 minutes. Occasionally squeeze out the excess water. Try to get as much water off the noodles as you can.
  9. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread noodles over the sheet.
  10. Spray with olive oil and cook for 8 minutes.
  11. While you're waiting for the noodles to cook, dice your tomato. Get a half a cup of olives ready. Slice up your Star Fruit.
  12. Put the noodles on a place. Garnish with tomatoes and olives. Add your chicken patties. Top with star-fruit and our Paleo tzatziki sauce.
  13. Nosh and Nom!
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