Friday, September 10, 2010

Fabulous Friday Food - Linguini Zucchini Stir Fry

Well, it's true confessions time. Two weeks ago I stood on the scale and saw a number I didn't recognize. At. All. Last week I started Weight Watchers.

That's not the only confession. Wait for it. . . .

Today I ate a cookie. And not just one.

I blame The Pioneer Woman for this because last week she posted a recipe for Hot Chocolate Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies and my brain right away said, "I must have these or I will die" because that's what happens to people on Weight Watchers. All of a sudden we must have all the foods that Weight Watchers says we musn't have.

Can I get an "Amen"?

Anyway, without a doubt those are THE. BEST. COOKIES. I have ever made. And, friends, I have made some pretty darn good cookies in my day. Just ask my hips.

But guess what, this post isn't about those cookies (even if they were the best darn cookies I've ever made). This post is sort of about Weight Watchers (which totally works for me--I've used it once before), but also about healthy, low-calorie, comfort food.

Really, Shelly, there is such a thing?

Why yes, there is. And I have just the recipe to prove it.

In fact, just for you I put this recipe into the magic Weight Watchers points converter and one serving of this dish is a mere three points. THREE POINTS, PEOPLE! That's, like, one Hot Chocolate Triple Chocolate Chip Cookie! Which would you rather have?

Wait a minute. Don't answer that.

Let's get to the recipe.

Little shout out to Mom here (again!) because she used to make this for us when we were kids. We loved it then, and my kids love it now. (Sort of. If it didn't have zucchini in it I know one child who might love it even more, but, alas, zucchini is the star of the show.)

Assemble your ingredients: linguini, zucchini, turkey kielbasa, peppers, onions, dijon mustard, red wine vinegar, sugar, and basil. Simple, huh?

Cook the pasta according to package directions, about nine minutes in boiling water.

While the pasta cooks, make the sauce by combining the mustard, vinegar, sugar, and basil. Set that aside for just a sec.

In a large saute pan, heat about 1 teaspoon of olive oil. You really don't need more than that.

To the hot pan, add the peppers and onions and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Next, add the kielbasa and cook for a couple more minutes.

Now, turkey kielbasa is a little dryer than regular kielbasa, so if your ingredients start to stick to the bottom of the pan, either add a little more oil or just a tablespoon or two of water.

Next add the zucchini and cook a couple more minutes.

Finally, add the sauce to the whole thing and stir it around.

If the zucchini doesn't seem quite cooked enough for your taste, you could cover the dish for a few minutes at this point. I tried it; it works.

Finally, drain the pasta and toss everything together. Serve on . . . what? . . . a pretty dish, of course! Come on, your family's worth it.

Now, if you want to add another point to a pretty point-less (get it?!) dish, you could go ahead and throw some parmesan cheese on top. In fact, I would just go ahead and do that if I were you. It's really good that way.

Linguini Zucchini Stir Fry

8 oz. cooked linguini
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried basil
12 oz. turkey kielbasa, sliced thin
1 medium onion, sliced thin
1-2 medium peppers, sliced thin
2 small zucchini, sliced thin

1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Set aside.

2. Prepare sauce by combining the vinegar, sugar, mustard, and basil in a small bowl. Set aside

3. In a saute pan, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add peppers and onion; cook until tender. Add kielbasa; cook 2 minutes. Add zucchini and dressing. Cook a couple more minutes until tender.

4. Toss everything together with cooked linguini. Serves 6-8.

O.K., now it's your turn! Share your Fabulous Friday Food link here. And have a GREAT weekend!



  1. Shelly ~ The photos are great and the final product . . . delicious.


  2. This looks really good. I may need to make this, but omit the sausage...I'm on a vegan kick. I saw that same unfamiliar number on the scale. I'm getting radical, folks.

    I added a link for some yummy chili, granola bars and a smoothie!


  3. Thanks, Sandy. I think you'd still like it without the sausage. :)

  4. Popping over from Musings of a Housewife. This looks yummy. I don't do peppers, so I might use some mushrooms instead. This comes at a great time--I just bought a huge zucchini at the farmers' market today and I'm the only one in my house who eats it. Thanks!

  5. Hello my friend. After I wiped the tears from reading yout 9/11 post, I thought I'd keep readig and compose myself. I need to participate with you on Fridays! Congragulations on doing Friday as a linky thing.

    Now I'll go back and see who you linked to that I should read.
    Have a fantastic week.