Zucchini noodles

by | Aug 26, 2014 | Columnists, Elana's Gluten-Free Pantry, Featured


Zucchini noodles


I’ve followed a strict grain-free diet since 2001. Still, I eat pasta every week. How’s that possible? Zucchini noodles, otherwise known as zoodles.

There’s nothing like spaghetti with meatballs, or Bolognese sauce. When you know how to make zucchini noodles, there’s no need to be deprived of such classic dishes! Trading processed food (high-carb pasta) for another serving of vegetables? Now that’s healthy and nutritious. It’s a great way to eat whether you’re grain-free or not. Zoodles rule.

In our house we make zucchini noodles two ways. The first way requires little effort. We cut the stem off the zucchini then use the handy dandy tool in the photo above to turn the zucchini into noodles. Nothing more. No prepping or cooking of any kind. The second way requires a little work. Again, I remove the tips from the zucchini and use the tool above to make the noodles. Next, I saute the zucchini noodles in a pan with olive oil and seasoning as described in the recipe below.


Cooking the zoodles


Wondering how to make zucchini noodles? I hope I’ve shown you that they’re not only healthy, but easier to make than regular pasta!


ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon all purpose chef’s shake

directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan
  2. Add zucchini noodles and seasoning to pan
  3. Stir for 3-5 minutes until noodles are tender
  4. Serve


Some people use a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles. I prefer the julienne slicer for a couple of reasons. First, it’s half the price of a spiralizer. Second, it takes up about a tenth of the space. So if you’re wondering how to make zucchini noodles, my advice is to do so with the julienne slicer! It’s a breeze.


How to make zucchini noodles


makes 2-4 servings

recipe courtesy elanaspantry.com


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