When a Noodle is Not a Noodle: Zucchini Noodles

zucchininoodles2-impI am always looking for creative ways to get more vegetables into our weekly diet and when I saw Zucchini ‘noodles’ I was skeptical.  Not a huge fan of plain zucchini, I do buy it and will put in soups, muffins, stir fries and puree to sneak into the kids homemade mac n cheese, but a whole plate of zucchini as my ‘noodles’? I had to try.

Huge Success.

I looked around to find the proper ‘noodle maker’ and decided on my cheese slicer. The wider ‘noodles’ I sliced into thin strips with a knife before cooking and within minutes I had a plate full of noodles. The best part, because they are zucchini, they cooked up in a pot of very little boiling water in under 5 minutes.  Zucchini boasts very few calories and contains protein, fibre and vitamin C making it a very nutritious substitute for pasta noodles.

Top with your favourite home made or store bought spaghetti sauce, a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and you have a great meal or side dish.

Give this one a try.  I am not sure yet if I can get the kids on board, but I think even non zucchini lovers might like this one.

zucchininoodles-impZucchini Noodles

One small zucchini per person
Cheese slicer or sharp knife

Wash zucchini and slice into strips. For thin strips, slice further with a sharp knife. Place all the ‘noodles’ in a pot with 1 inch of boiling water.  Noodles are done in 3-5 minutes depending how cooked you like your zucchini.

Drain and top with your favourite spaghetti sauce and a sprinkle of parmesan and enjoy.