Try These Delicious Zoodle Recipes
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Try These Delicious Zoodle Recipes
You’d be hard-pressed to find a vegetable as delicious and versatile as zucchini. There’s nothing it can’t do! It’s excellent baked in the oven, tossed into a pan, grilled, or cooked into a stir-fry, and it takes on any flavor profile you throw at it. Not only that, but it’s low calorie, low fat, and packed full of antioxidants and vitamin C. What more could anyone want from the humble zucchini? Noodles, of course! Zucchini can do that too, and “zoodles” are a fast, fun, easy way to chow down on this veggie.
Like most zucchini recipes, zoodles are a fantastic way to make a fast, fresh, light meal when you’re low on time but still looking for something healthy. Zoodles are an easy substitute if you have a favorite pasta or noodle dish. Just swap out your noodles for zoodles and prepare the dish as you typically would. Many recipes let the zoodle shine, though. They’re delicious when paired with other fresh veggies and lean meats to create simple, nourishing meals. The Good Cook has plenty of zoodle recipes to get you started, including the three delicious options highlighted below.
Make Your Zoodles
Before diving right into the recipes, take a moment to decide where your zoodles are coming from. You can always grab a package of zoodles from your local grocery store if you’re short on time, but they are more expensive than just picking up a couple of whole zucchini. Besides, making zoodles at home is simple and quick.
If you have a spiralizer, grab your julienne peeler! Chop each end of the zucchini in your hand, and drag the peeler down the length of it. By the time you’ve finished with each side, you’ll have zoodles in just a couple of minutes.
1 – Zoodle Caprese
This Zoodle Caprese recipe combines all the classic Caprese flavors with the fresh, crisp addition of zoodles. It doesn’t require many ingredients − just your usual Caprese lineup. You’ll need to grab garlic, fresh basil, tomatoes, zucchini, white vinegar, or lemon juice (whichever you have on hand will work), olive oil, fresh mozzarella, and salt and pepper to taste.
This is a no-bake recipe. You don’t have to cook! It can’t get easier than that. Even beginners in the kitchen still need healthy options. The Good Cook’s Zoodle Caprese is gluten-free and vegetarian, so it’s perfect for different dietary restrictions.
This recipe is perfect any time of the year, but it’d be especially well-suited for hot summer days when turning on the oven is too much. Between chopping your tomatoes, turning your zucchini into zoodles, and the rest of the preparation, you’ll have your Zoodle Caprese assembled in just a few minutes. You can’t get better than that! It’s easy-peasy lemon squeezy (literally, unless you opt for the white vinegar).
2 – One Pot Spring Zoodles
Who doesn’t love a good one-pot recipe? It’s less hassle to clean with just as much payoff as having a handful of pots and pans going, and this One Pot Spring Zoodle recipe pays off. All the best zoodle recipes are packed with veggies and flavor, and this one is no different. In just twenty minutes, you’ll have a delicious, nutritious meal on the table for you and your family without much difficulty.
This is another light meal perfect when the weather gets warmer, or you need a break from heavy, rich food. For example, if you’re still recovering from all the hearty holiday meals, a zoodle dish feels like a relief. There’s no wrong time to eat them!
This dish brings peas and mushrooms for added nutrition and calls for chicken breasts as a lean protein. Grab heavy cream or coconut milk, grated Parmesan, fresh basil, garlic, salt, and pepper, and your cooking spray, and you’ll be all set! Get your deep sauté pan ready and start cooking. You’ll have a tasty, healthy dinner put together in no time!
3 – Sesame Chicken Zoodles
One of the best perks of cooking with zoodles is that they mesh well with any flavor profile. Zucchini is adaptable and can absorb or mix with practically any sauce or spice you throw. These delectable Sesame Chicken Zoodles are all the proof you’ll need! If you’re a fan of Asian-style flavors but are trying to cut back on the take-out or want to change your cooking habits, these zoodles will fill the gap. They hit all the right notes without the carbs or extra calories you’d get from lo mein or a similar dish.
That isn’t the only perk of the dish, either. You can have this whole dinner assembled in about 25 minutes − less time than it’d take to head out to a restaurant or wait on delivery with no more effort than it’d take to cook regular noodles. That’s a win-win!
You won’t need many ingredients for this dish, and you might already have several of them hanging around. For cooking, you’ll need zucchini, chicken breast, red onion, red pepper, fresh ginger, garlic, Sriracha, green onion, salt and pepper, and sesame oil. Once you have it all prepared and plated up, sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top! This fun, colorful dish tastes just as good as it looks.
If you loved these zoodle recipes, it doesn’t have to end there! GoodCook has plenty of other recipes using this tasty ingredient. Cook ahead or make them anytime! Give them a try and enjoy!