Ah, summertime. The weather is warm, the produce is ripe, and our cravings turn from comfort food to fresh, light dishes. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to traditional pasta noodles that won’t weigh you down but will still satisfy your carb cravings, zucchini noodles are the way to go.
Zucchini noodles, or “zoodles” as they are affectionately called, are made by spiralising zucchini into long, noodle-like strands. They can be eaten raw, sautéed, grilled, or roasted and make a great base for all sorts of delicious healthy dishes.
There are a few different ways you can make zucchini noodles - the method you choose will depend on what kind of dish you’re making, how you want your noodles to taste, and what kind of texture you want them to be. Here are some of the most popular methods for making zucchini noodles:
If you want long, spaghetti-like strands of zucchini noodle, spiralising is the way to go. For the uninitiated, spiralising is a kitchen gadget that essentially turns vegetables and fruits into noodles. All you have to do is insert the vegetable or fruit into the spiraliser and turn the handle (or push a button if it’s electric). In seconds, you’ll have long noodle strands that are ready to be used in any dish.
If you don’t have a spiraliser or if you’re looking for a more rustic noodle, julienning is a great option - “julienning” simply means cutting the vegetable into thin matchsticks. To julienne zucchini noodles, use a sharp knife to cut off each end of the zucchini. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and then slice it thinly lengthwise. Finally, cut those thin slices into small matchsticks - voila! You’ve got perfectly cooked zucchini noodles ready for toppings of your choice.
Another option for making homemade zucchini noodles is shaving them with a vegetable peeler. This method is best if you want wide ribbons of zoodle rather than long strands. Start by cutting off each end of the zucchini and then peel it lengthwise using a vegetable peeler until you reach the seedy core of the vegetable. Continue until all of the zucchini has been peeled into ribbons.
Too much work? Opt for Fine Fettle’s delicious and convenient packaged Zucchini Noodles instead.
We get it – not everyone is confident in the kitchen, or has the time for meal prep. If you’re looking to reap the benefits of tasty zucchini noodle alternatives but don’t know where to start, why not buy our ready-to-go low carb Zucchini Noodles?
Our 100% natural air-dried zucchini noodles are low in carbs, gluten-free, and contain no preservatives, flavours or other nasty additives. They’re perfect for cooking creamy carbonaras, basil pesto dishes, simple one-pot pastas and any other meals that you’d typically cook pasta with.
Cooking with our zucchini noodles is easy peasy - just pour the pack contents into a heatproof bowl, cover generously with boiling water and stir with a fork. Let it stand for eight minutes, drain well, then stir and enjoy.
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