Not eating enough veggies?
Is your family running on an all carb diet?
I don’t know about you but I will do almost anything to get more veggies into my family’s diet (oh and they’re TOTALLY toddler friendly).
Meet the ZOODLE!
What are Zoodles?
Aside from the funnest name ever for a type of food, the “Zoodle” a.k.a. zucchini noodles are a 100% vegetable substitute for pasta.
If you’re eating healthy/paleo/clean/gluten-free or have dietary restrictions and need to watch your carb intake these are a great option. Or to eat just because!
Toddlers love them because of the shape and texture. Replacing your pasta with vegetables is a great step to getting more vegetables into their picky little mouths. Did I mention it’s like the most fun word EVER!
Zoodles do require using a specific type of tool called a spiralizer. I have tried to make my own zoodles without a spiralizer by cutting the zucchini into tiny little strips- don’t do it. It’s totally not the same and you’ll end up with a plate of disappointment. Trust me.
The spiralizer is essential in making zoodles. I started my zoodle obsession by using a hand held spiralizer (the “Veggetti”) which was ok. It got my feet wet but it’s small and I kept scraping my knuckles. It didn’t use the whole vegetable. It didn’t let me spiralize other items like apples or beets and it wasn’t the easiest to clean but it was cheap and let me experiment.
Now I use an actual spiralizer by Paderno.
It comes with 4 different blades to make angel hair sized “pasta”, spaghetti sized “pasta”, ribbons (think cucumbers for a nice summery salad) and even those large spiraled potatoes you see at the fair! Here it is:
It takes me two minutes to make my zoodles or whatever I want. Easy clean up and folds up on itself to make a little box. Sooo handy for storage!!
It’s my FAVORITE. KITCHEN GADGET. EVER.
Spiralized zoodles (zucchini noodles) and ground turkey garnished with parmesan cheese (optional). Paleo/Whole 30/Gluten-Free
- 3 ea Zucchini (med-large)
- 1 lb Ground Turkey
- 2 tbsp Olive Oil or coconut oil
- 1 clove Garlic chopped
- Salt to taste
- Pepper to taste
Cut ends off zucchini. Place zucchini in spiralizer turn handle. Makes about 5 cups worth.
Add oil of your choice to sautee pan. Saute garlic for 5 minutes.
Add ground turkey to pan. Fully cook.
Add zucchini noodles to oil, garlic and turkey. Saute for 2-3 minutes or until softened. This happens quickly.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.
- For vegan option, omit turkey and parmesan cheese
- Try making the zoodles and turkey (or other sauce) separately and place ground turkey on top of zoodles immediately before serving
TIPS FROM THE CHEF
- Add diced tomatoes or replace turkey with a bolognese or sauce of choice for variation.
- Don’t overcook your zoodles. A quick 2-3 minute sauté is all that’s needed.
- Serve immediately. You can always keep leftovers for next day but they’re best if consumed immediately after cooking.
- Too many zoodles? Put uncooked raw zoodles in ziplock bag and use within the next few days or freeze. Make sure air is out of the bag.
- Cut the ends off zucchini and cut in half before spiralizing. You’ll have more control.
- Place the center of your zucchini on protruding metal piece of blade rather than centering on plastic prongs. This will give you an even noodle and make it easy to spiralize.
- Try it with grilled chicken or steak
- Cotija cheese was used in this photo. We don’t typically buy the Parmesan Cheese shaker.
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