I recently heard about this idea of making “noodles” out of vegetables (most commonly zucchinis) and had. to. do. it. It’s definitely not a new thing and has been around for a while among the raw/vegan/paleo world because an alternative to refined flour pasta… could be a winner!
The only barrier to entry is that you need a kitchen tool to accomplish it– either a spiral vegetable cutter like this one, or a hand tool like this or this. I went back and forth but ended up just getting the Padero plastic one–it was only $30 and in the grand scheme of things, not a big deal. I don’t love that it’s another appliance I have to store and/or give up counter space for, but if it’ll help us eat cleaner, then it’s worth it!
Finally put it on the meal plan and bought some zucchini–read the instructions (I really do!) and watched a couple YouTube videos to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. It’s super simple–you can peel (or not) but should trim the ends so they’re not rounded — then you press them into the base of the machine and then twist, twist, twist! Watch a video, it’ll make more sense.
Here it is in action–Put it on top of a cutting board because they just pour out!
Here’s how many “noodles” I ended up with after 1 package of Trader Joe’s organic zucchini–enough for 4. It’s recommended that you salt them and let them “sweat” out their moisture (kind of like eggplant) on top of paper towels.
We’re still new to it, so I didn’t go completely raw and microwaved them for a minute to get them a little less crunchy… then tossed them with pesto (again, Trader Joe’s) and a mix of crimini & white mushrooms that I sauteed with a tiny bit of olive oil. I added chicken to B’s meal, but left mine as is.
Verdict: The machine is SUPER easy to use and easy to clean (so critical). The zucchini pasta was good, but not noodles… so I’ll probably try to microwave them a tiny bit longer. Alternatively, may try to turn it into a pasta-salad type of meal where the crunch is necessary. Can also use this machine for cutting other veggies (it comes with more than one style of cutter) so there will definitely be more meals with it!
Has anyone else try this before? Either zucchini noodles or the machine in general?