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These easy and healthy zucchini noodles are the perfect substitute for traditional pasta!
Pasta is one of my favorite foods. I love, love, love me some spaghetti.
Whenever I'm trying to watch my weight, I have such a hard time giving it up. Why do carbs have to be so fattening?!
It's one of my all time favorites and I just don't want to live without it!
Enter this genius zucchini noodles recipe to the rescue.
Have you guys seen those Pins on Pinterest for "Zoodles"?
They're zucchini that you make into noodles. It sounds funny, right? Well they are actually genius and they are so easy to make!
What are Zucchini Noodles?
Zucchini Noodles are the PERFECT gluten free, low carb alternative to pasta.
So many people can benefit from eating Zucchini noodles!
Whether you are dieting, gluten intolerant, or you just want to add something new to your recipe box, these noodles are for you!
How to Make Zucchini Noodles
I didn't know how well it was going to work and I was really surprised that my noodles came out perfect on the first try!
It took all of about 60 seconds to turn my zucchini's into zoodles. It wasn't hard at all!
I'm not one of those people that usually picks up extra kitchen gadgets, but this one was definitely worth it. My zucchini noodle maker has become a staple in my kitchen.
You can also make Zucchini Noodles with a knife or vegetable peeler. It definitely isn't as fast, but it works!
Things to Make with Zucchini Noodles
I can create a lot of zucchini noodle recipes now everything from recipes using pesto, to chicken -- even shrimp. Anything I would traditionally serve with spaghetti, I can serve with zucchini noodles.
Because I'm on a "low carb" diet I can't have regular spaghetti sauce, and who has time to make everything from scratch?
I definitely don't with 2 little boys 3 and under running around.
So I asked around and found Rao's Homemade Sensitive Marinara Sauce.
Rao's Marniara Sauce only had 4 grams of carbs per serving compared to other store bought brands that had 16-20 grams of carbs per serving. Perfect!
Now, I can enjoy my healthier spaghetti recipe no problem and I still stay in line with my weight loss goals and have good food, too!
How to Season Zucchini Noodles
When cooking with Zucchini Noodles I prefer using some garlic, salt and pepper. I like to keep it simple.
How to Cook Zucchini Noodles
I cook the zucchini with over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes or until your zucchini noodles are start to get tender.
Definitely make sure you're checking your noodles. Nobody likes crunchy "pasta"!
Toppings and Add-ons for Zucchini Noodles
- Tomato or Marinara Sauce: This is a bit obvious, but the perfectionist in me had to put this on here!
- Ground Beef or Ground Turkey: If you want to get REALLY healthy with this recipe ground turkey tastes really good.
- Meatballs: Italian style meatballs taste the best in my opinion.
- Parmesan Cheese: A classic spaghetti add-on of epic delicious proportions! Obviously you wouldn't add cheese if you are on a diet.
- Cheddar Cheese: My daughter prefers this over Parmesan, so the perfectionist in HER mad me add this one.
- Olives: Olives give anything a salty taste, but my grandma eats spaghetti (and now Zoodles) this way. I'm guessing she can't be the only one!
Can You Freeze Zucchini Noodles?
Yes! Just use a freezer safe, airtight container to store them for up to a year.
I have found they start to lose flavor the longer they're in the freezer, so I would suggest using them sooner than later.
You can't go wrong with a good zucchini noodle recipe -- I think you'll love cooking with zucchini noodles as much as I do!
I promise that you won't be disappointed in these noodles. I double-dog-dare you to serve them to your kids without telling them they're made of veggies. I bet they won't even know the difference!
Zucchini Noodles In A Low Carb Spaghetti Meat Sauce
- 2 medium zucchinis
- ½ - 1 cup Rao's Homemade Marinara Sauce
- 5 oz of lean hamburger
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- ¼ teaspoon onion powder
- Cook and crumble your hamburger until it is browned. Drain the grease and place in a bowl and set aside.
- After the grease is drained wipe most of it out of your skillet with a paper towel, leaving just a little bit to saute your garlic and zucchini.
- Use your spiralizer to turn your zucchini into zoodles.
- Cook garlic and zucchini over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes or until your zucchini zoodles are starting to get soft.
- Add your marinara sauce and hamburger to your zoodle mixture and cook until everything is hot and bubbling, about 3-4 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!