Healthy Eats: Zoodles!

Healthy Eats: Zoodles! 

Posted: 12:15 pm Friday, April 20th, 2018

By alexafilipe

Zucchini noodles, also known as “zoodles”, are a healthy alternative to pasta. Most people use a spiralizer to create these green noodles, but today I wanted to show you how to make them using a vegetable peeler. With a little parmesan cheese and some shrimp on top, zoodles sure give regular pasta a run for its money!


Ingredients:

  • 1-2 zucchinis
  • 1/2 cup of shrimp
  • 1/4 Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. of lemon juice
  • Olive Oil
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • Salt & Pepper

 

I love shrimp! 

 

What to do:

  1. Zoodles are typically made with a “spiralizer,” but don’t worry if you don’t any kitchen space for one. We can make zoodles with a vegetable peeler! So begin peeling your zucchini (s) into long, thin strips.
  2. Discard the top layer of rough, green skin. Most people find this to be very bitter and hard to digest, so feel free to toss them in the trash. But if you’re more concerned about aesthetics like me, then leave some green skin on the edges of you zoodles for a pop of color.
  3. Next, in a medium sauce pan, heat up your olive oil and toss in the diced garlic clove. Keep the heat on medium/low, making sure you don’t burn the garlic.
  4. You’ll see that one zucchini makes A LOT of zoodles. Carefully place them into the saucepan and begin tossing them in the oil.
  5. Now, as we are tossing the zoodles, we can season them with lemon juice, salt & pepper, and red pepper flakes. Sprinkle in some garlic powder for an extra kick of garlic flavor.
  6. In a separate pan, let’s start cooking our shrimp. I already boiled my shrimp until they were a pretty, pink color. If you don’t like shrimp, feel free to add chicken or mushrooms!
  7. To your pan of shrimp, add some more olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes.
  8. Once a glaze has formed on the shrimp, you can turn off the heat. It usually takes about ten minutes for this to occur.
  9. Your zoodles should now be softened and coated in that garlic and oil mixture. So now, sprinkle on the parmesan cheese and toss until all the zoodles are evenly coated.
  10. Transfer your zoodles into a bowl and place your shrimp on top. You’re ready to eat!

 

They look just like green ribbons! 

 

I have wanted to make zoodles for the longest time now. I always heard how similar the texture and consistency was to actual pasta, but was a little skeptical when it came to how it would taste. To my pleasant surprise, zoodles are just as satisfying as real pasta noodles. Once you cover them in the sauce of your choice, with some toppings, you can hardly tell the difference. You feel like you’re eating pasta, but there’s no need to feel guilty, because you’re actually eating a recommended daily serving of vegetables! This is one pasta “im-pasta” I’m not mad about. Get it? Im-pasta/Impostor? Haha, sorry, I just had to.

Not only are they so darn pretty, zoodles are filling and satisfying. I hope you guys give this recipe a try!

Thanks for reading,

Alexa

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My mouth is watering! 

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