Then I learned that my father is just about as picky as my daughter. Yes, Dad, if you're reading this, I'm writing about you and your lack of refined culinary tastes. (I'm laughing as I write this.) I never realized his palette was limited growing up; I just figured that everyone ate the same four vegetables each week (broccoli, peas, corn, potatoes). I thought it was hard to change a defiant, strong-willed 6-year-old to try and like new foods.... but try doing that with a defiant, strong-willed, set-in-his-ways 60-year-old! My condolences to my father's wife.
Here's a recipe my father is sure to hate, but James and I actually liked. We've been dabbling into the world of Paleo eating lately, which appears to have great health benefits. I have certainly felt better eating Paleo and plan to continue to do so. You don't have to be eating Paleo to enjoy this recipe, though -- it's gluten-free and full of great nutrition.
Beef Marinara with Zucchini "Noodles"
1/2 lb ground beef
2 cups Marinara or your favorite pasta sauce
1 Tablespoon oil
3 large zucchini, julienne (or "matchsticks")
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese (optional)
1. Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brown ground beef, breaking into crumbles, then add marinara. Turn down to low and simmer.
2. In another 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add zucchini, stir and saute until zucchini is tender, about 5-7 minutes. Stir in minced garlic and continue to cook another 30 seconds. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove from heat and toss with fresh basil.
3. Serve with zucchini topped with beef marinara. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!