Zoodles AKA Zucchini noodles can be used instead of regular pasta. Zucchini noodles are low in calories, low in carbohydrates, and high in fiber, which means they will make you feel full without all the calories.
In addition, zoodles also have a subtle flavor that makes them easy to mix with almost anything-including meatballs!
When you are doing low-carb or keto, making a zoo can help you stay on track and overcome your carbohydrate cravings. You will be able to enjoy al dente noodles without any guilt! These are delicious and can be used in recipes or just add olive oil, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper as comfort foods.
If you have ever wondered what zoodles are and why zoodles are so healthy, please read on.
Plus, I will even give you one of my favorite recipes so you can start as soon as possible! Watch the quick cooking video how to make a perfect, healthy, and fast family meal.
So, what are Zoodles?
Zoodles = Zucchini noodles.Depending on where in the world you live, they may also be called Courgette = Courgette Pasta.
Zoodles are zucchini processed through spirals, so they can be used like pasta. The possibilities of zucchini noodles are endless, you will find out soon in this article!
Zoodles are a very fresh and healthy alternative to pasta. In addition, zucchini noodles are an interesting way to increase the amount of vegetables we eat, Especially children.
Kids just like the spiral shape (they also like to use a spiralizer to help make zucchini noodles!).
Benefits of Zoodles
Zoodles are rich in nutrients and are a healthy alternative to highly processed wheat pasta or gluten free Spaghetti. In fact, the only processing is when you turn the handle. 😉 Here are some of the benefits of zoodles:
- A great way to increase vegetables in your diet
- A great alternative to pasta
- gluten free
- Grain free
- Does not contain wheat
- Low carbohydrate
- Health and Nutrition
- Cheap and convenient
How many carbohydrates are in Zoodles?
A cup of zucchini noodles contains 3.5 grams of carbohydrates-1.1 grams of fiber = 2.4 grams of net carbohydrates.
Pasta vs Zoodles
1 cup cooked pasta = 221 calories and 43 grams of carbohydrates
1 cup of zucchini = 25 calories and 2.4 grams of net carbohydrates. In addition, many additional vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants are not found in processed pasta.
How to make zucchini noodles
There are usually two ways to make zoodles.
1. Making spiral zucchini
It’s easy to make zucchini noodles Screw machineThere are many different options on the market, but I highly recommend the following one. It has a handle, you can turn it to make ribbons for zoodles, and a suction cup to stick it on the kitchen counter.
This auger is also equipped with various blades, so you can make thin or larger zucchini noodles.
2. Use a vegetable peeler
Or, there is a smaller and cheaper alternative-a Hand screw(Vegetable peeler). This peeler is a peeler that I took away on vacation with us.
Although I do allow my child to use a spiral (observation of course), I do not allow my child to use this. The blades are very sharp and I don’t want their fingers to be shredded in the process.
In order to make zucchini noodles in this way, I hold the zucchini/zucchini with one end of a fork and run the shredder along the length of the zucchini/zucchini.
How to prepare zucchini?
To make zoodles, just wash and trim the ends of the zucchini. Place the zucchini between the tip of the spiked handle and the blade, and then turn the handle, and a wonderful zoodles ribbon will appear.
You can change the size of zoodles with 4 blade attachments. Zoodles can be eaten raw or steamed slightly.
They can be used as a substitute for pasta or salads. I like anything that makes kids more interesting to eat vegetables. Watch this video to learn how easy it is to use a spiralizer.
How to cook Zoodles
Now that you know how to make zucchini noodles, let’s talk about how to make it chef Zucchini noodles! Although the exact method may vary depending on the recipes you use and how you want them to be cooked, this is a general idea:
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and season with salt.
- Carefully add the zucchini noodles.
- Boil on medium heat for about 1 minute.
- Drain the hot water in the zoo.
- HOT ZOODLES-Let as much steam escape as possible. This prevents damp pasta and damp zoodles. Serve with a meal or stir in hot sauce.
- WARM ZOODLES-You may not even need to follow the instructions above for cooking. You can simply heat the sauce and stir in raw zucchini strips. The heat of the sauce is enough to soften and heat up your vegetable pasta.
- COLD ZOODLES-After cooking, take out the zoodles and put them in a bowl of ice water to help them cool quickly. Mix with your favorite sauce and serve!
- RAW ZOODLES-Many people like to add the crunch of raw zucchini to a delicious and healthy summer salad. No cooking required.
Try the Zoodles recipe
So far, my favorite meal using zoodles is Low-carb spaghetti bolognese with zoodles, Watch the quick cooking video above to learn how to make the perfect healthy quick family meal. Low-carb Spaghetti Bolognese is amazing because it turns 56 grams of carbohydrate meal into 13 grams of nutritious and vegetable-rich meal.
Cool low-carb magic, right?
Why is the zucchini noodles I made wet?
If the zucchini pasta is sticky and moist, it will definitely not taste good. Thankfully, this is easy to prevent!
The most common cause of soggy zucchini noodles is cooking animals for too long. The cooking time of 1-2 minutes is the longest time you can cook zucchini noodles.
Make sure to remove them from the pan and heat source. Also, try the ice water technique I mentioned below to cool the noodles quickly. Otherwise, they will continue to cook! Some people also say that salt can also help, so be sure to add salt when boiling the water.
Which vegetables are suitable for vegetable pasta?
Which vegetables you use will depend on how strictly you need to monitor your carbohydrate intake and how certain foods affect you blood sugar. I usually use zucchini for the zoo, and my kids like to use carrots, depending on the season.
Here are just a few ideas that can be used to make vegetables for the zoo, and how to serve them. Some can eat raw salads or cooked/steamed hot meals.
- Zucchini / Zucchini, cooked or raw
- Cucumber, raw salad
- Beetroot, raw in salads (note: high carbohydrate content but rich nutrition)
- Carrots, cooked or raw
- Pumpkin, cooked
- Broccoli stems, cooked or raw
The last option you might want to try is spaghetti squash.Watch the video shown to you How to cook spaghetti squash.
It is a creamy and delicious plant that can replace wheat pasta.
I showed you all the other methods, such as cooking spaghetti squash in a slow cooker or microwave. This might become your favorite pasta!