Zoodles - The Healthiest Noodles You'll Ever Make

It is that time of year where my garden is full of all sorts of yummy fresh produce from corn, to tomatoes to squash.  Sometimes it is full of way too much produce, like zucchini.  Not that I don't love zucchini, because I totally do.  But sometimes finding new ways to add veggies into our meals gets a little draining and frankly annoying.  However, one of my favorite ways to add some veggies is by making spiralized zucchini noodles or zoodles.  


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Whenever I ask my family what we should have for dinner, the reply is almost always spaghetti.  My family LOVES spaghetti.  Personally, I don't really like spaghetti.  (I know, blasphemy).  But that doesn't mean I won't cook it.  Instead I try to find ways to make it a little more interesting for myself.  For instance, I love to eat Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs.  Instead of regular pasta noodles, I use cooked spaghetti squash.  It is delicious.  Naturally, when I heard about making zucchini noodles I just had to try it out.  Just another way to make that spaghetti night more enjoyable for myself.

Why would I cook spiralized zucchini noodles

Maybe you are asking, "why would I cook spiralized zucchini noodles"?  Well, there are several great reasons people cook zucchini noodles.  First, health.  If you are looking to cut your carb intake, but you also still really want some pasta, zoodles are a great option.  You not only can have your favorite spaghetti sauce but you are also increasing your vegetable intake which is ALWAYS good for your body.  Zoodles can be made with several vegetables, not just zucchini including carrots and yellow squash.  You'll never have a shortage of vegetables in your healthy diet if you make spiralized noodles.  Plus, it is a great way to get your kids eating vegetables, without them being any wiser.

How to Cook Spiralized Zucchini Noodles

The second reason you might cook spiralized zucchini noodles would be over abundance.  Perhaps, like me your garden is over flowing with zucchini.  Or maybe that nice lady at your church just won't let you leave without taking some of her zucchini.  Either way, you've got to do something with it.  (And yes, feeding some of it to your chickens would be appropriate, but maybe you don't have chickens.)  But making zucchini noodles will use up those tasty zucchini's.  Just make sure you don't pick the super giant, award winning zucchini that you can't shove into a spiralizer because you'll just be eating regular zucchini than.

Lastly, perhaps you want to cook spiralized zucchini noodles just so you can add one more cool kitchen gadget to your kitchen drawers.  Yep, that's right.  You'll get to buy your kitchen something real nice if you want to spiralize those zucchinis.  You'll want to grab a spiralizer like this one or maybe you want one that is a little fancier and can do loads of other really cool tricks too.  Either way, you'll need a spiralizer to get the job done.  You can let your spouse know you'll be making noodles and must have that cool gadget to make those delicious noodles.  (Lucky you!!)

Not that you know why you should be cooking spiralized noodles, let's get spiralizing!!


How to Cook Spiralized Zucchini Noodles

To start, you'll need a zucchini.  (Who would have thought?!)  Make sure you wash the skin well.  Don't want muddy zoodles? Here you have a choice, you can make your zoodles with the zucchini skin on or off.  Personally, I'm a little lazy and I don't mind the skin of my zucchini.  But if you'd rather not have the skin or you are trying to "trick" you kids into believing you made regular spaghetti and not vegetable infused spaghetti, you might try peel off the skin.  You'll need to use a peeler (this is the one I have) to get all that dark green skin off.


How to Cook Spiralized Zucchini Noodles

Next, get out that spiralizer.  I got this inexpensive one and have been using it for more than a year now.  It works great and can spiralize in 2 different sizes.  I've used it for zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and potatoes.  (Like curly potatoes!  You know super healthy, you fry them in oil. Mmmmm....).  It works really well but if you plan to make a LOT of zoodles, you might consider one of the larger options so your hand doesn't fall off from all the twisting.


How to Cook Spiralized Zucchini Noodles

Cut off one end of your zucchini.  You don't need a big chunk off, just a little slice.  Place this end of your zucchini right into the spiralize and start twisting.  Make sure you have a bowl or something to catch the zucchini.  As you spin, you'll want to pull the zucchini out every little bit or so.  This way you don't have too long of zucchini noodles.  You could literally spiralize and entire zucchini and have one continuous noodle, but that is a little hard to eat.




How to Cook Spiralized Zucchini Noodles


When you get towards the bottom of your zucchini, there's this cap with prongs on it.  Place this into the end of your zucchini.  This will help you continue to twist the zucchini until you get to the very end.

Tada!!  You've spiralized your first zucchini!!


How to Cook Spiralized Zucchini Noodles

Now, how to cook those spiralized zucchini noodles.  Personally, I heat up a small amount of oil.  Maybe a tablespoon to about medium heat.  Once the pan and oil are nice and hot, toss about a cup of zoodles into the pan.  Toss it for maybe 30 seconds and remove from the pan.  Don't overcook your noodles.  They will get soggy and not so tasty and it happens super fast.  I tend to under cook mine so they stay crunchy.

Repeat the process with the rest of your zoodles until they are all cooked up.

Just so you know, you don't have to cook your noodles.  You can just eat them raw.  Pour the sauce over the top and crunch away.  It is totally up to you and zoodles are delicious either way.


How to Cook Spiralized Zucchini Noodles






Yield: 4

Zoodles - Spiralized Zucchini Noodles

Make this tasty, low carb alternative to regular pasta noodles.
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:


  • Zucchini, medium
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper

instructions


  1. Wash and dry zucchini.  If you wish, you can peel the skin off the zucchini.
  2. Place zucchini in a spiralizer and twist.  Occasionally you'll want to stop twisting and pull up/out your zucchini so you don't have one continuous noodle.
  3. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to a pan and heat to medium heat.
  4. Add zoodles to pan and saute for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.  Don't overcook your noodles or they will get soggy.

NOTES:

You can get a much larger serving with the larger the zucchini, however, the larger the zucchini, the harder it is to get into the spiralizer.
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