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At the time of writing this I'm doing the Arbonne 30 Day Plan to Healthy Living and Beyond and basically that means that (for this month at least) I can't eat pasta, I can eat zucchini however ... enter zoodles!
I have been meaning to try and made zoodles aka zucchini noodles for ages which is the whole reason I purchased my vegetable spiralizer.
Making the zucchini noodles was so easy and I'm now seeing lots of other recipes using other vegetables in place of pasta. What a cool way of getting your child to eat more vegetables than to make their spaghetti bolognaise with zoodles?
So my vegetable spiralizer came with three different blades like the Paderno World Cuisine one below, but you can also get them with 7 blades, Amazon's best selling vegetable spiralizer comes with 7 blades and is the second one featured.
The actual one that I have doesn't seem to be available online which is why I've given you two alternatives. Now I've only used the blade to made noodles so I'd just get the 3 blade one personally, but...
They were super easy to make you simply placed the zucchini (or vegetable of choice) on the spiky guard, making sure that the other end is in the middle of the round thing that is going to basically core your zucchini so that it looks like a very weird toadstool after the noodles are all made.
The next step is to simply turn the handle, however if that is all you do you won't get very long noodles, you'll just get little curls (they don't say that in the instructions). What you need to do is as you're turning the handle you need to also be applying a gentle pressure inwards (towards the vegetable) then it will work beautifully.
It is super quick and I simply popped the zoodles into boiling water for a few minutes - basically treating them like fresh pasta noodles. I've since been told of other ways of cooking them that involve almost sauteing them in coconut oil, but I haven't tried that (and probably won't).
|Image by Louanne Cox, Arbonne Independent Consultant|
I would recommend starting with zucchini as it's quite a bland vegetable which makes it ideal to replace spaghetti. I would also recommend a pinch of salt in the water when cooking it, I didn't do this the first time and it was much better when I did do it.
You can use sweet potato, carrot, parsnips and who knows what other vegetable, just use your imagination.
I will be trying out sweet potato next as I think that will go really well with a number of dishes I enjoy.
Have you ever tired zoodles or thought about making them? If so then why wait, just do it as Nike would say!
Let me know in the comments if you've tried any other vegetables as I'd love to hear how they went.
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