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IMG_4439In efforts of continuing to try to eat healthy meals and snacks… i bought this gadget:
it’s easy and inexpensive and kind of even fun!

you just put the zucchini in the end of the Zoodle slicer and start spinning.
one end makes larger thin slices and the other cuts the zucchini into a spaghetti shape.
(please excuse this photo that makes me appear to have giant man hands)

pretty cool right?!
looks like a bowl of pasta… but it’s VEGGIES!

i just put the zoodles (this is two zucchinis) into a pan with coconut oil & some garlic and cooked it for less than 5 minutes.
stir or toss it as it heats up and as it changes and gets a little bit tender – it’s done.
if you over cook it it gets mushy.
it barley takes any time at all.

we were having spaghetti so i made these Zoodles for me instead of pasta.
i did switch our family over to gluten free pasta but i love the idea of using vegetables instead of pasta.
it’s fresh.  it grew from the earth.  it’s not processed.  it’s a vegetable!

then i added meat marinara sauce on top and that was the meal!
of course i couldn’t get the kids to try it yet but i loved it!
i went on the hunt for more recipes to use Zucchini Noodles and these all look GOOD!

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

Pad Thai Zoodles

Zucchini Noodles in Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
this one might be the first one i try!  it is making my mouth water!

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi  (but if i make this i will use chicken…)
Zucchini Noodles & Avocado Walnut Pesto

Thai Chicken Zoodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Pesto Zucchini Bacon Frittata


Pumpkin Spice Sweet Potato Noodle Waffles
this one is obviously not made with Zucchini but it looked REALLY good and i was so intrigued but seeing her use sweet potato Noodles in a waffle iron?!  Who knew that could be done?!

there are other kinds of spiraling gadgets… this one is popular on Amazon:

iPerfect Kitchen Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiralizer

and there is even a whole cook book devoted to spiraling food!

Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals

the lady who wrote that cookbook has a great blog with all kinds of recipes using lots of different vegetables.
this Chicken Zucchini Noodle Soup recipe was on her site!

i hope i can get my kids to try zoodles someday.  🙂

but for now i am pretty impressed that even i am eating them.
five years ago… NO WAY.
this being a grown up thing isn’t so bad after all.

Holly Flynn - We are new to Zoodles too by way of the Veggetti. That name. Veggetti. I laugh every time. You missed one of our favorites in your post. Carbonara. I add fresh peas. And had to watch Alton Brown’s YouTube video to learn how to poach an egg. But it’s worth it. My husband asks for this at least once a week. And my kids are coming around ‘cuz let’s face it. Everything’s better with bacon. Even zoodles.

Ann - I always love your food ideas! So I know this has nothing to do with this post, but I really like the look of your white painted table and chairs. Did you spray the chairs or paint them with a brush? Did you sand a lot first or just use a good primer? Thanks

Carrie - Meg – Zoodles with chicken and peanut sauce is amazing! I make it on Sunday and eat it cold for lunch for a couple of days. You can use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery to make it even easier.
I love that when we have zoodles for a meal we are each eating about 1 1/2 to 2 zucchinis.

Abby - I’d love to know what brand of GF pasta you use for your family.

Flower Patch Farmgirl - This is on my list. Yum!!

Carol S. - So glad you posted this, I am low carb and have been meaning to try one of these for years. Just ordered on amazon prime…looking forward to trying it out!

Kathi - I’ve been doing this for a while and I love them. I’m glad you discovered zoodles 🙂

Library Momma - Is there a lot of waste? It looks like you can only do half the squash. Thanks!

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel - Oh my gosh, aren’t zoodles just THE BEST!? Thanks for including my Pad Thai Zoodles… I hope you try them, they are SO good!! I’ll definitely be trying some of the other delicious recipes on your list! Yum!

Christy - I keep checking them out & then never hit the purchase button. I need to add it to my kitchen collection. I love squash & eat it often.

My son won’t touch zucchini either, not matter how it looks. I started adding shredded zucchini to my marinara for spaghetti & lasagna. He doesn’t taste the difference and now he knows my secret, but never complains.

Cassandra - A spiralizer is on my want list!!! Right now I make the zoodles using a vegetable peeler, still delish! My girls(4&2)devoured them, way to try new things & lead the example for your kiddos 🙂

Brady - Ok, be honest with me here! I KNOW they won’t taste exactly like pasta noodles–but are they at least kind of tasteless? I’m not a huge veggie fan but have been trying to incorporate them a little more. If they don’t have a weird “veggie” taste, I could handle it. Can you taste the zoodles or are they just a good neutral base for whatever you put with them?

Shelly - This is the only way I will eat “spaghetti” at home. It is so good! I add italian seasoning to my zoodles, it gives them a nice flavor to go along with the spaghetti sauce.

Laura in Sacto - I just received the exact same one as you! I made a cucumber salad. (only use english cucumbers) I wouldnt purchase the more expensive zoodle maker, because frankly I do not have enough space for more gadgets.

Bethany - I think I’m going to have to get one of those. I’ve been hearing a lot about it in the last year. The recipe with the sundried tomatoes looks AMAZING!

Kim - Hmmm….this is something I may have to look into further. I have Celiac Disease and cannot have Gluten. I like the idea of using veggies in place of pasta. Thanks for idea and recipes.

jo - Enjoyed your post as I just purchased a Paderno spiralizer. thnx for the link to cookbook blog.

Lisa - Some of these look so good! I might need to buy a zoodle maker. 😉

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