Quick and Healthy Zucchini Noodles

by Andrea Kruse

Zucchini-Noodles

Whether you are looking for a Meatless Monday meal, or need a gluten free option, zucchini noodles have become very popular in my house.

Now, I should disclose that I am swimming in zucchini from my garden so I was looking for a new way to use my abundant harvest. I made the mistake of planting 5 zucchini plants. I know. What was I thinking? Even if you’re not overrun with these prolific squash, chances are you have a neighbor or friend who is or can find them easily at your local farmer’s market.

I made zucchini noodles last year on my mandoline and it was less than ideal. A mandoline is rigid and very sharp and the squash are not perfectly straight.  The trick to making these noodles easier is a hand peeler. I recently found a Swissmar Julienne peeler that slices these perfectly. I love how fast these are ready. After a little practice with the hand peeler I can now have these ready faster than my old 11-minute box of pasta.

After cooking the ‘noodles’ they have a similar texture to traditional spaghetti. The flavor is mild so you might not even notice the substitute. Even my kids love them now.

Frugal, healthy and fast, just top with your favorite pasta sauce and dinner is ready to go. In our house it is a toss up between whether traditional marinara sauce and meatballs or peanut sauce and chicken is our favorite for topping the squash. Add in both green and yellow squash or carrot for an even more colorful plate of ‘pasta’.

I want to know, what will you top your zucchini noodles with?

Quick and Healthy Zucchini Noodles
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Serves: 4
 
These are a great option for Meatless Monday, vegetarian, vegan or a quick gluten free dish.
Ingredients
  • 4 large Zucchini or Summer Squash
  • pinch of Salt
  • Favorite pasta sauce
Instructions
  1. Wash and cut off the ends of the zucchini.
  2. With a hand peeler, go down the length of the squash. Rotate around the zucchini until you start to see the seeds. Discard the core.
  3. Bring a stockpot of water up to boil. Add a pinch of salt.
  4. Blanch the squash for 3 minutes. Shock it in cold running water or a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.
  5. Drain the squash completely and top with your family's favorite sauce.

 

 



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Andrea is a farmer's wife and mother of two in the Pacific Northwest. She gave up traveling Asia and a career as a graphic designer for her biggest adventure to date, motherhood! Blogging has become a way for her to share her passion for food, gardening and family with others. Read more from Andrea at Adventures in All Things Food and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

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1 Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) August 23, 2012 at 1:12 am

Wow… those look awesome. I’m definitely going to try them.
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2 Susan August 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

What a great idea – always looking for something healthy and different!!
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