HOW TO MAKE ZUCCHINI NOODLES
I never used to be a big fan of zucchini. It always seemed kinda boring, and I never knew of a good way to cook it. In fact, I’ve probably purchased more zucchini in the last week than I had in the last 5 years!
So, what has turned me into a zucchini lover for life? I know that’s a pretty bold statement, but I’m pretty confident it’s also true.
The vegetable spiralizer!
I recently purchased the Paderno Tri-Blade Veggie Spiralizer from Amazon a couple weeks ago, since zucchini noodles – commonly dubbed zoodles – have become quite the rage. Obviously, I’m always eager to jump on any bandwagon that involves food, so I figured I’d give them a whirl!
Not long after I purchased my first bag of zucchini I was pleasantly surprised to find out that I LOVE zoodles! And they are oh-so incredibly easy to make. You can cook them with just a little bit of seasoning to get zucchini noodles that are full of fantastic flavor. They were also pretty filling when paired with a protein.
So, anyway, how do you make these things?
SPIRALIZING THE ZUCCHINI
First, you wanna wash and rinse your zucchini, then cut the ends off. Once this is done, make sure that the blade with the small holes is locked in place in the spiralizer.
Next, place one end of the zucchini on the round blade, which cores the zucchini, and the other end on the spikey holder with the handle on it. Make sure to use the suction cups to the spiralizer so it doesn’t move around.
Next, twist the handle and spiralize away! I usually apply a tiny bit of pressure to the handle, and hold down the end with the blade, while I turn the handle. You get super long, beautifully spiraled zucchini noodles.
One thing you want to do before starting to spiralize a new zucchini is clean out the blade. This can be done by carefully pulling out any of the longer pieces with your hands, or running a plastic knife through to remove any small pieces. Doing this will ensure a cleaner cut on the next vegetable.
Repeat this process for all the zucchini you want!
Also a word to the wise – chop your zoodles once or twice before you cook them, otherwise you’ll have super long noodles that might be harder to eat. It also makes it easier to grab a small portion out of them from your storage bowl for cooking. Don’t worry – they still look pretty when they’re cut!
STORING THE ZUCCHINI NOODLES
I found that the best way to store zucchini noodles is to put them in a Tupperware raw in the fridge. You don’t want to store them cooked, because they’ll become really soggy and not quite so appetizing IMO.
I spiralized four zucchini on Monday evening. We cooked half of it for dinner, and stored the remaining zucchini uncooked in the fridge for dinner the next night. I haven’t ever stored zucchini noodles longer than a day, but I’ve been told by some other zoodle lovers that they stay good for about 2-3 days!
COOKING ZUCCHINI NOODLES
Cooking zucchini noodles as a pasta substitute is supremely easy. Since zucchini has a lot of water in it, you don’t need too much oil or anything to do it. All we did was set a pan to medium heat, add a swirl of olive oil, then put in your zucchini noodles. Add your seasonings, then stir and cook for 3-5 minutes. That’s IT!
This week I made zucchini noodles dusted with garlic salt, then added my Tangy Crockpot Turkey Meatballs on top. OH.EM.GEE. It was one of the best dinners I had made in a while! I had five meatballs with my zoodles, and was surprised how filling it was. And did you know the average zucchini is only 16 calories?! This bowl had about 200 g of zucchini, which came out to 32 calories. Much better option than pasta if you’re trying to avoid that kinda thing.
We have used this spiralizer to make curly potato fries, too! I can’t wait to try it out with every vegetable I can get my hands on. You can make larger spirals with the 1/2″ hold blade, or a pretty ribbon with the single blade! All three of these come with the spiralizer I purchased.
So, have I convinced you to get a spiralizer yet? I 100% recommend the Paderno spiralizer – it has worked great!