Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are simply long strings of zucchini that resemble spaghetti noodles and are made using a spiralizer. Spiralizers come in many different brands and can be purchased on sites like Amazon. Zoodles are a much healthier, low-calorie, carb-free alternative to pasta, and can be tossed with a variety of pasta sauces, or used in soup and stir-fry recipes. They don’t taste exactly like pasta because the texture of course is different, but they’re still delicious and the perfect choice for those trying to watch their waistline.
The simple, handheld spiralizer tools are inexpensive and super easy to use. With the Twist ‘N’ Slice Premium Spiralizer below, you simple twist vegetables through like a pencil sharpener! And in the winter months when zucchini aren’t in season, you can also use your spiralizer with carrots, beets, kohlrabi, rutabaga, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, jicama, and even apples.
For a more thorough step-by-step spiralizer guide, check out The Nourishing Home’s tutorial.
To cook zoodles for use in pasta dishes, simply sauté them in a little olive oil. You don’t want to boil them because they already hold a lot of water. Baking them flat on a cookie sheet for a few minutes would also work. Then, just toss with your favorite seasonings or jarred sauce. For best results, spiralize them and then roll your zoodles while still raw in paper towel and squeeze out any excess liquid before cooking.
Here are delicious, hearty and healthy zoodle recipes to get you started!