So many readers ask me “What are zoodles”. How do you prepare zoodles? Which is the best tool to make zoodles? How do you cook zoodles?
If you have ever wondered what are zoodles, and why zoodles are so incredibly healthy – read on.
UPDATE – scroll to the bottom to watch the quick cooking video how to make the perfect, healthy, quick, family meal. Low-carb spaghetti Bolognese is magic because it turns a 56g carb meal into a 13g one packed with nutrition and vegetables.
So What Are Zoodles Anyway?
Zoodles = zucchini noodles. They may also be known as Courgetti = courgette spaghetti
Zoodles are an incredibly fresh and heathy alternative to pasta. Zoodles are a fun way to increase the amount of vegetables we eat, especially children.
Children just love the spiral shapes (and they love using the spiraliser).
Zoodles are incredibly nutritious and a healthy alternative to highly processed wheat pasta or gluten free pasta, the only processing is when you crank the handle.
There are generally two ways to make zoodles.
- Using a spiraliser machine with a handle that you turn to create the ribbons of zoodles. It has suction cups that allow it to stick to the kitchen bench top. Most spiralisers come with various blades so you can make thin ribbons or larger zoodle ‘pasta’.
- Alternatively, there is a smaller and cheaper alternative – a hand held spirlaiser(a julienne cutter). This is the one I take away on vacation with us. I don’t allow my children to use this one as the blades are incredibly sharp and I wouldn’t want their fingers to get shredded in the process. I hold the zucchini/courgette with a fork at one end, then run the julienne cutter down the length of the zucchini/courgette.
My favourite meal by far to use zoodles, is low-carb spaghetti Bolognese with zoodles, watch the quick cooking video below to watch how to make the perfect healthy quick family meal. Low-carb spaghetti Bolognese is magic because it turns a 56g carb meal into a 13g one packed with nutrition and vegetables.
What Are Zoodles? They are –
- a great way to increase vegetables in your diet
- a great alternative to pasta
- gluten free
- grain free
- wheat free
- low carb
- healthy and nutritious
- cheap and easy
Pasta vs Zoodles
Pasta 1 cup cooked = 221 calories – 43g carbs
Zucchini 1 cup = 25 calories – 4.6g carbs and additional vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants not found in processed pasta.
How To Make Zoodles
To make zoodles, just wash and trim the ends of your zucchini. Place the zucchini between the spiked handle end and the blade, then turn the handle and wonderful ribbons of zoodles will appear.
You can change the size of the zoodles with the 4 blade attachments. Zoodles can be eaten raw, or lightly steamed.
They can be used as a replacement for pasta or in salads. I love anything that makes vegetables more fun for children to eat. Watch this video to see how easy it is to use the spiraliser.
Tuscan meatballs with carrot pasta is one of the earliest recipes I added to the website because once I discovered vegetable pasta, it soon became our new go-to meal for the entire family. Quick and easy to make, ready in under half an hour. See below for my quick cooking video of low-carb spaghetti Bolognese.
Zoodles – which vegetables to use?
Which vegetable you use, will depend on how strictly you need to monitor your carb intake. I generally make the zoodles with zucchini or carrots, depending which is in season. If you need to be stricter with your carb intake, use zucchini which is far lower in carbs.
The following are just a few ideas for vegetables that may be used to make zoodles, and how to serve them. Some can be eaten raw in salads or cooked/steamed for a warm meal.
- zucchini/courgettes, cooked or raw
- cucumbers, raw in salads
- beetroot, raw in salads
- carrots, cooked or raw
- pumpkin, cooked
- broccoli stems, cooked or raw
If you want a smaller device, but slightly trickier to use, go for theses options.
One last alternative you may wish to try is spaghetti squash. Watch the video below and read this post. I show you all the other methods such as cooking spaghetti squash in the slow cooker or the microwave.
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