Fitness Crazed Foodie
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I've recently seen a lot of attention being brought to zucchini noodles (a.k.a zoodles), so I decided to try it out myself and see what all the hype was about. I've tried spaghetti squash as a substitute for pasta before, but it wasn't as satisfying as I wanted it to be. So my search for the perfect pasta substitute continued and I began looking through many different Pinterest and blog recipes to figure out the best and most simple way to make this zucchini noodles. Most recipes called for a spiralizer to make the noodles, but since I don't have this at home, I found alternative recipes to make them. Some recommended using a peeler to make thin, long noodles, and others recommended using a cheese grater. I decided to go with the cheese grater to make more spaghetti-like noodles.
I was only making this dish for myself, so I used one medium zucchini. I peeled off some of the skin and chopped off the ends. Then, just like I would grate a block of cheese, I grated the zucchini length-wise right into the sauté pan that was heating up with a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the whole zucchini was grated into the pan, it only needed to sauté for about 3-5 minutes and the zoodles were ready to go!
I added some homemade marinara sauce on top, and as you can see from the picture it turned out to be a deliciously colorful dish! Because the zucchinis are not filled with carbs like pasta, I knew I needed some protein on the side to fill me up. So to finish off the dish I added three 2-ounce homemade turkey meatballs (93% lean meat).
The zoodles lived up to the hype and were a perfect substitute for pasta. They had a little crunch to them and could not be more simple to make! If you have the right mindset about eating healthy, switching out pasta for a vegetable like zucchini or spaghetti squash will be an easy alteration to your diet.
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