Zucchini ‘Zoodle’ Noodles

Moving away to school is such an exciting time. You finally get to experience living on your own and have the luxury of eating whatever you want without your parents commenting here and there. But what we all learn is that cooking dinner can be time consuming and expensive and next thing you know you’ve made pasta for the last week and a half. Although it is delicious, it comes with a price; the freshman 15.

I am a huge lover of pasta and will find any excuse to smother tomato sauce on my dinner. I went through a phase of only eating spaghetti squash for dinner and may have over done it, so i had been looking for another alternative. I came across spiralized zucchini noodles, otherwise known as zoodles, so I decided to try it out and it was amazing! I was nervous about the texture of the zoodles because you would think a crunchy vegetable would not be good with pasta sauce, but I was wrong. Not only is it delicious, it’s super easy, fast, and cheap! If you don’t have a spiralizer no need to worry, most grocery stores will now carry pre-cut zoodles so all you have to do is cook and add sauce. The recipe is very simple and you can alter it as you like.

INGREDIENTS

  • Zucchini spiralized (approximately two zucchinis per person)
  • Tomato sauce of choice
  • Ground beef (or chicken/turkey) – optional
  • Parmesan – optional

DIRECTIONS

  • Spiralize zucchini
  • Cook ground beef in frying pan until fully cooked. Drain excess fat and add tomato sauce
  • Sauté zoodles in frying pan until soft
  • Serve with parmesan sprinkled on top

Here is a great video to watch if you’re confused about the cooking directions and another great video on how to make zucchini noodles without a spiralizer!

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