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Zoodles have become an incredibly popular menu item recently and as you can imagine, their funny name has people all over asking, “what are zoodles?” The term “zoodles” originated when people started taking zucchini and spiralizing them to create a zucchini-noodle, AKA the zoodle!
Now that vegetable noodle substitutes have become so popular there is a wide range of recipes out there. Since it’s become so popular to turn veggies into noodles, the term “zoodles” can really refer to any kind of vegetable noodles. What are zoodles, then? Popular veggies to make into zoodles include sweet potatoes, onions, zucchini, squash, eggplant, and many more! There are tons of great dessert recipes out there that even call for apple zoodles!
One of the best things about using zoodles in place of pasta noodles in a recipe is the difference in calories and fat. You can make almost any pasta dish lighter by simply swapping out the pasta for a zoodle alternative.
Zucchini zoodles are fantastic because they closely resemble the texture of a pasta noodle when they are cooked. They spiralize very easily and in very long strands which make them great for use as a pasta substitute.
Another great reason to jump on board the zoodle express is for the beauty of it all! There are a lot of great ways to use zoodles to make your regular veggie recipes way more fun and interesting in their appearance. Perhaps the best example of this is using zoodles to make a stir fry! Onions make fantastic looking zoodles. Including those in a veggie stir fry with some zucchini and sweet potato zoodles is a fun way to make a stir-fry meal look as great as it tastes.
Zoodles are so much fun that they actually make adding veggies to your diet easy. Even the kids will be happy to eat their veggies when they see zoodles on the menu! Of course there are also ways to make zoodles into other fun food items…Deep fried onion zoodles make a lovely crunchy topping for burgers and chicken sandwiches!
Another key aspect in the search to find the answer to “What are Zoodles” is the device to get us there. There are tons of ways to make zoodles. The internet is a goldmine of spiralizers just waiting to make all of your zoodle dreams come true. The one pictured in the video above is great because it has interchangeable blades. With just a few clicks you can go from making large zoodles to small zoodles and even chips! With a tabletop spiralizer you can make different sized zoodles with blades that work great with all kinds of vegetables. As you can see in the video, in a matter of seconds, the spiralizer turns your favorite vegetables into a pile of tasty zoodles!
How to Make Zoodles:
Making zoodles with a spiralizer is an easy process!
- Set up your spiralizer. Make sure the suction cup feet are attached to the counter, have a dish ready to catch your zoodles coming out the front, and make sure your selected blade is locked in place.
- Cut your veggies to the appropriate length. Any length will work but you will need to cut both ends so you have a flat side on both ends!
- Place your prepped vegetable into the spiralizer, attaching the front side first and then firmly press the handle side into the back.
- Hold the handle on the side of the spiralizer with steady pressure and begin cranking the handle to turn your vegetable through the spiralizer.
- Shazam, you’ve got zoodles!