Yeah, so zoodles…
They’ve been on Pinterest forever… something 10 years ago I thought I’d never eat. Zucchini is one of my newer-in-life ‘likes’… along with plenty of other vegetables and good-for-you things. I never thought I’d ENJOY zucchini. Or WANT it…but I do. I needed a light dinner the other night after work, and wanted to use zucchini from the fridge. I’d been meaning to use the ol’ spiralizer I bought a few months ago. I found it in a catalog a co-workers daughter brought to work. I thought, that’s exactly what I need to maybe provoke myself eat some more veggies….
…and several MONTHS LATER (last night), I pulled out two zucchini and the unused spiralizer (the one I have looks something like this), and I started twirling! [I now have this AWESOME KitchenAid attachment.] I didn’t realize the little, simple gadget had two sizes until I was on my second zucchini. I would’ve normally picked the skinnier noodle– but maybe that’s for another recipe (because I will be using this thing again soon)! After a few minutes of twirling away… I had some nice, semi-thick, yet still delicious-looking ZOODLES. I still was unsure of what to top with, so I decided to go with simple, classic Italian flavors with some spice. I grated a few tablespoons of Parmesan.. you can never have enough Parmesan, everybody knows that. Also, I chose to use Italian seasoning — simply because it was EASY at the time, and also because Italian flavors are DELICIOUS!
I minced some garlic and sautéed it in butter (over medium-high heat) for a few minutes. I added the zucchini noodles, tossing lightly with some tongs, added a bit of olive oil, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes (and salt & pepper). I covered the pan, while stirring the zucchini often. I still wanted a little ‘al-dente’ texture.. not too soft. Once they were to my liking, I tossed in some grated Parmesan and served it up in a nice [square] serving bowl. THEN…
…I finished a whole bowlful of zoodles — two large zucchinis-worth of zoodles. And they were AMAZING. And I added zucchinis to our next grocery list — it’s going to become a staple in the fridge, and I’m so excited to try some new cool ideas.
Feel free to share your own Zucchini Noodle recipes with me! Or let me know what other ways I can use that spiralizer. :)
Zoodles: yes, I heart you.
- Heat butter in medium saucepan over medium-high heat and add garlic. Saute until tender ~ 1 minute.
- Reduce heat to medium and add zucchini. Toss with garlic and butter, and drizzle in olive oil. Add Italian seasonings and red pepper flakes and toss again.
- Cover and cook 3-4 minutes, stir, and repeat until your desired texture. Mine took about 7-8 minutes.
- Drain. Add to serving bowl and toss with grated Parmesan cheese.
- *You need a spiralizer for this recipe, unless you have some other way of making your zucchini into noodles :)
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