Granted: …the word “zoodles” does sound a bit weird, but don’t panic: This is not some new fancy food hype that you have to pay through the nose for. Zoodles are nothing more than zucchini pasta. The name was simply a combination of the English word “noodles” and “zucchini”.
The healthy pasta alternative, which, by the way, anyone can easily make at home with a spiral cutter, combines several advantages:
6 good reasons to eat vegetable pasta more often
1. Compared to normal pasta made from durum wheat semolina, zoodles contain only a fraction of calories and carbohydrates. Here is the comparison: 1 portion (300 g) of zoodles contains 60 kcal and only 6 g of carbohydrates. 1 portion (300 g cooked) of pasta (without egg) contains 449 kcal and 91 g carbohydrates.
2. Spiral Cutter Pasta is 100 percent gluten-free and is therefore not only suitable for the low carb lifestyle, but also, for example, for all Paleo fans and raw foods.
Vegetable noodles are not only based on zucchini © thefoodphotographer / Shutterstock.com
3. Zoodles are unbeatably cheap and the “raw materials” can be bought almost everywhere without any problems – whether in the supermarket or preferably fresh on the market.
4. Vegetable noodles are real vitamin bombs. Example: Normal pasta provides 0 g vitamin C, 0 g vitamin A and 30 µg folic acid (a B vitamin). Zucchini, on the other hand, can provide 18 g vitamin C, 31 g vitamin A and 48 µg folic acid per 100 g.
5. Vegetable spaghetti is not heavy on the stomach and is therefore the ideal lunch for everyday office life.
6. Besides courgettes, other vegetables can also be processed into spiral pasta: Carrots, for example. But pumpkins, sweet potatoes, beetroot, kohlrabi, parsnips, radish, cucumbers and the stalk of broccoli, which is often simply thrown away, can also be made into vegetable pasta.
DIY Vegetable spaghetti: How to make Zoodles yourself
Creative, healthy and delicious: Even sweet potatoes can be made into noodles © thefoodphotographer / Shutterstock.com
Now you really want to go “crazy” and make Zoodles & Co. yourself? This is best done with a special spiral cutter. You can get them in household goods stores and various online shops. There are many different tools on the market, but which tool is the best?
The models of the Lurch brand could be used in a large Spiral Cutter Test of springlane convince, especially the Spirali (around 37 euros) and the Attila Hildmann Edition (around 45 euros). If you don’t want to spend quite so much money and are satisfied with the usual pasta alternatives made from zucchini and carrot, you can also try the Spirelli 2.0 from Gefu (around 25 Euro) very well advised.
For those who are undecided and do not yet know whether they want to invest in a spiral cutter, this simple solution is also a good choice: You take a peeler and cut a zucchini into thin slices. Then cut the slices individually into fine strips. Even better: you have a julienne slicer at home and simply use it to cut strips from the vegetables.
And what is there to do?
Similar to the zoodles with mushrooms and tomato sauce © thefoodphotographer / Shutterstock.com
Of course you should not eat the vegetable pasta pure – but theoretically you could, but of course it is a bit boring. As with normal pasta, there are no limits to your creativity when it comes to sauce & co. with the colourful pasta alternative – (almost) anything is possible. The spaghetti from the spiral slicer can be enjoyed hot or cold, fried, eaten raw or deep-fried, seasoned with Italian, Asian or oriental spices, served as a soup, salad or main course …
Simple recipes with few ingredients
Link tip: Blogger Steffi even has a whole Zoodles category with many delicious recipes on her beautiful blog www.gaumenfreundin.de. Here you can go’s to the recipes.
You need more inspiration? Then why not take a look at Pinterest. They have countless recipes for vegetable noodles, each one delicious as the next. Here’s proof:
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