What are Zoodles? If you frequent Pinterest and online recipe sites, then you have certainly heard of the bizarre new pasta alternative. Zoodles, is simply a cute abbreviation for “Zucchini Noodles.” And, the name speaks for itself. Zoodles are thin, spiral slices of Zucchini (And occasionally Summer Squash), and they are shaped like noodles.
While Zucchinis aren’t exactly the most nutritious members of the veggie or squash family, they are certainly a healthier alternative than pasta. If you are on a low-carb or Gluten free diet, then zoodles are the answer to your prayers! Zucchini has a mild taste, and can truly be prepared with just about any sauce, they are easily the most versatile squash out there.
How do you make Zoodles? Well, if you have a ton of tie on your hands and are feeling adventurous, you could get to work carving a zucchini with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Or, you could purchase a “Veggie Spiraler” made specifically for “Zoodling.” Amazon has a pretty impressive selection these days, ranging anywhere from $15 or $20, and up to over $100 for state-of-the-art veggie spiralers.
Once you have your Zucchini and/or Summer Squash spiraled in to what looks similar to a plate of pasta, it’s time for the real fun! Zoodles really can be prepared a numerous number of ways. Some people like to boil them similar to real pasta, but if you want a more crisp Zoodle, you can skip the water and simply saute them. Zoodles can also be eaten raw and are a great addition to any fresh salad.
Once you perfect the Zoodle-Making, the recipes truly are endless. Basically, prepare your sauce for your favorite pasta dish however you usually do. However, instead of piling it on top of a plate of pasta packed full of carbs, wheat, and grains – use your Zoodles!