Right now, there is tons of hype around no carb foods and the Paleo diet. That's why I decided to throw in my own version to the mix with healthy noodles, using zucchini! And these “Zoodles" are a perfect idea if you are trying to reduce carbs.
Make sure that the zucchini is cut into very thin strips, just like spaghetti, and after a really short sauté, the delicious Zoodles are ready to go - you might even feel like you are actually eating regular pasta. Did I mention the best part? No, not just the delicious taste! My recipe only requires 4 ingredients so it’s very quick and easy to make. Now that sounds like heaven.
For the cutting of the noodles, I used a spiral cutter and it sadly broke after just one use so I cannot recommend it. However, there is a solution, I recommend using a grater that has the option to create juliennes, which is the shape we want here. Hold the zucchini straight and try to use the long sides of the vegetable to create the long juliennes.
For the sauce, I actually used a shortcut – a ready-made pesto sauce that you buy in a jar. Of course, homemade pesto whipped from fresh basil leaves, olive oil and pine nuts is delicious as well, but the decision is yours. If you have the time to make your own pesto, go for it, if not, ready-made store bought will do the work.
The quick sauté surprisingly turns the stiff zucchini into flexible spaghetti. Moreover, you can also try this with carrots or a different firm vegetable. No other vegetables have a recipe named after them, like the zucchini Zoodles, so I am not sure if those other vegetables are any good. But if you try something other than zucchini, please share your results with me!
Here is the recipe for this yummy quick zoodles dish:
- 3 zucchinis - grated into long strips
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 tablespoon pesto sauce
- Parmesan cheese shavings
- In a pot, warm the olive oil.
- Add the zucchini and pesto sauce.
- Mix well.
- Cook on high for 4-5 minutes.
- Transfer to a plate and garnish with parmesan.
- Serve and enjoy