I have been meaning to post about zoodles for months now. If you haven’t heard of them yet, zoodles are noodles made from zucchini.
Zoodles are amazing because they are a no-guilt replacement for spaghetti. I actually prefer zoodles over spaghetti squash, Quest noodles, etc. (although those replacements are delish and also wonderful).
Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that no veggie will ever truly replace the wonders that are pure, starchy, pasta. But zoodles come pretty damn close.
I’ve always pretty much hated veggies (sorry, not sorry), but that doesn’t mean I don’t force myself to eat them. I’d been hearing about zoodles for weeks and weeks and although I was hesitant, I went ahead and ordered a spiralizer from Amazon (I have this Paderno spiralizer…it’s amazing).
When I finally received my spiralizer, I went ahead and spiralized some zuchs. I told myself to not get my hopes up.
“It’s still going to taste like zucchini. It will NOT taste like pasta.”
I nuked the curly zuch strings for a minute or two to get warm (no need to “cook”…zoodles can be eaten raw), I topped with a little pasta sauce, and I took my first bite.
No, they don’t taste like pasta, but they don’t have the “blech!” veggie taste either. They are the perfect, neutral tasting pasta replacement. A few minutes in the microwave or on the stove top makes them al dente–soft but with a bit of crunch (nobody like soggy zoodles, so try not to over cook them).
Even my boyfriend (who is actually pickier than I am) was an instant fan. He requests them…regularly.
Needless to say, we eat zoodles and meatballs a lot around here. This dish is filled with protein, vitamins, and minerals…and it is friggin’ delicious.
With Spring on the horizon and Summer just in the distance, I am looking forward to fresh, local zucchini by the boatload. I’m already planning for cold zasta salad (zucchini+pasta…does that work? No? Oh, well) during picnics at the beach.
So far I’ve only made zoodles with tomato sauce and meatballs. Has anyone done anything more creative?
Zoodles and Power Meatballs
Yield: three big servings
Ingredients for Power Meatballs:
Recipe adapted from He and She Eat Clean.