Zucchini ZOODLE "Pasta"

I would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce you to zoodles, the fabulous name for zucchini "pasta"! Yes you read that correctly...zucchini pasta! 

Okay so it's not reallllly pasta...it's zucchini that has been sliced into the shape of noodles and no word of a lie...it really does taste like pasta. It's low-carb, gluten free and tastes absolutely delicious. I find pasta to be heavy on the stomach and we all know it's high in carbohydrates. Let's be honest, it's not the most nutritious of food choices. Zoodles are a great pasta replacement so give them a chance...pleaseeeee!

What do you need? Zucchini and a spiral slicer or a julienne peeler. My fabulous sister just surprised me with the Spirelli Spiral Slicer from Crate & Barrel and you can view it here. She's the bestest and understands my love for this kinda stuff. {Love ya doll! xo} Or you can get a julienne peeler at most kitchen gadget stores or even the grocery store. I have both and they work great and are so easy to use.

 Left: spiral slicer     Right: julienne peeler

Left: spiral slicer     Right: julienne peeler

There are sooo many health benefits to eating zucchini and as always, I want to share a few of them with you:

heart health: zucchini contains a considerable amount of magnesium, a mineral proven to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. it also contains moderate levels of folate, a vitamin needed to break down amino acids that cause heart attacks and strokes.

cholesterol: zucchini is high in dietary fiber and this helps lower cholesterol. the high levels of vitamin A and C in zucchini prevent cholesterol from oxidizing in the body's blood vessels, therefore slowing the onset of atherosclerosis (thickening of artery walls).

weight loss: zucchini has very low calories and is a healthy, nutrition addition to any weight loss plan. 

 My spiral slicer hard at work slicing my zucchini. 

My spiral slicer hard at work slicing my zucchini. 

Zucchini Zoodle "Pasta" Recipe

Serves: 2-3          Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 zucchini
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Wash, dry and trim off ends of zucchini.

2. Use your spiral slicer or julienne blade to slice each zucchini into long, noodle-like slices. 

3. You can serve the zucchini raw or you can sauté it for a few minutes to warm it up. I prefer it warm when I'm mixing it with warm pasta sauce but if I'm going for more of a pasta salad, then I serve it raw.

4. In a saucepan on the stove, turn temperature to medium heat and add olive oil. Add zucchini and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until warm. Don't overcook as the zucchini will become soggy.

5. You can top your zucchini pasta with a healthy tomato sauce, like my picture below. I will share my secret pasta sauce recipe soon so stay tuned for that. You can toss it in olive oil, veggies, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds and the list goes on. The sky is the limit really. Keep it healthy though. None of that sugar-filled store tomato sauce unless it's nutritionist approved! ;)

 Freshly sliced zucchini...yummm!

Freshly sliced zucchini...yummm!

 Voila! My beautiful zucchini pasta topped with a tomato marinara sauce with kale, green peppers, onions, garlic and of course some spicy chili peppers!

Voila! My beautiful zucchini pasta topped with a tomato marinara sauce with kale, green peppers, onions, garlic and of course some spicy chili peppers!