Zoodles

Food swap trends.  They are everywhere.  Cauliflower “rice,”  no-nut butters, facon (fake bacon… I draw the line there).  Whether it’s food allergies or diet fads, food swaps are constantly bombarding my newsfeed.  Did you hear about the new yada yayda?  It tastes just like real blah blah blah, but with 1/4 of the calories.  Yup, and does it really taste just like the real thing?  Not a chance.  But, I will never discourage folks from eating better, especially when they are making clean food swaps.

So, that brings us to zoodles.  Zoodles are simply zucchini that are cut into thin strips and cooked, to mimic noodles.  Is this an equal swap for pasta?  No freakin way.  Coming from someone who LOVES her wheat corkscrews, zoodles cannot replace the thick, wholesome, starchy goodness of real noodles.

That being said, they are easy to make, and can be swapped in place of noodles for a delicious, but different, alternative.  I wanted to experiment with this trend (don’t knock it before you try it, right?), so I whipped up a batch and served it with some store-bought vodka sauce I had in the pantry.  The result?  Really, really good!  I would totally make these again, especially when I need to cut down on the carbs.  The biggest downside is that you’ll need equipment for this one:  either a spiralizer (which I do not have, but they are very cool!), or a mandolin (which I used).  If you’re craving noodles, do yourself a favor and eat some pasta; however, if you’re open to some veggie variety, give these a go!

Materials:

  • spiralizer, mandolin, or grater that can cut zucchini into long, thin strips
  • pot or saute pan
  • tongs, spatula, or wooden spoon

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Carefully shred zucchini into long, thin strips using mechanism of choice.FullSizeRender (9)FullSizeRender (10)
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Toss zucchini, garlic, salt, and pepper into the pan.  Saute for at least 5 minutes, until tender.FullSizeRender (11)
  4. Enjoy on its own, with parmesan cheese, or with your favorite sauce!

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Zoodles

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

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  • spiralizer, mandolin, or grater that can cut zucchini into long, thin strips
  • pot or saute pan
  • tongs, spatula, or wooden spoon

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Carefully shred zucchini into long, thin strips using mechanism of choice.
  2. Heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  3. Toss zucchini, garlic, salt, and pepper into the pan.  Saute for at least 5 minutes, until tender.
    1. Enjoy on its own, with parmesan cheese, or with your favorite sauce!

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