I 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.
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.
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.