If you’re looking to cut down on refined grains while upping your veggie intake, then look no further than zucchini noodles—more playfully known as zoodles. Zoodles can replace traditional spaghetti or pasta in any dish for a lighter, more nutritious meal. All you need to get started is one of two possible tools: a julienne peeler or a spiralizer.
The basic process to creating noodles is simple. First, pick your produce. The possibilities don’t end with just zucchini–transform sweet potato, summer squash, or even beets into a creative spiralized dish. When using harder vegetables, such as beets or sweet potatoes, the spiralizer tool will be more effective, but soft vegetables like zucchini and summer squash can be tackled by a julienne peeler.
Next, wash your produce, and then chop off the ends. Then, if using a spiralizer, simply place the vegetable into the tool and use it to create your spiralized veggie. If using the julienne peeler, slide the tool down the vegetable on all sides to create your “spaghetti” strands.
Place your strands on a paper towel and sprinkle salt over the veggies to absorb the excess water; let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. This will prevent your zoodles from becoming mushy when you cook them. In a medium sauté pan, heat 1 tsp. coconut oil or other preferred cooking oil over medium heat. Lightly dab the veggies with another paper towel before transferring them to the preheated pan. Cook the zoodles over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve immediately with your sauce of choice, and top with meatballs for a classic “spaghetti” dinner!
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