Have you tried making your own noodles out of vegetables? It’s all the rage these days and I am personally on the veggie noodle fan train! The most common type of noodles are “zoodles” made from zucchini. I’ve found that zucchini is one of the easiest vegetables to spiralize and it keeps a nice texture when cooked, think similar to al dente pasta. So how do you create these strings of veggies? Use a spiralizer!
When I first decided to try zoodles, I wasn’t ready to fork over $40 for the popular Paderno World Cuisine spiralizer before knowing if I’d actually like veggie noodles, so I opted for this $10 julienne peeler. Big mistake.
It was torture! It took forever to peel one zucchini and instead of being noodle like, they were tiny little strips. Then for Christmas this year, my mom got me an incredible gift: The Veggetti. It was an unexpected present, a gadget she had seen listed on Yahoo’s article “Great Gifts for Under $25”. When I opened it, the whole family had a good laugh at the name (c’mon, say it out loud… I bet you’re laughing now, too!), but after trying it out, the joke was on me. The Veggetti is one of the best little gifts I’ve ever received!
- It’s compact! In our one bedroom Chicago apartment, we don’t have a lot of extra space. I love the size of this; it’s much easier to store than most spiralizers.
- It’s so simple to use! Literally, you choose if you want thick or thin noodles, stick the zucchini in that end, and twist. Not much more to it. There’s also a cap included to help you get the last bit without cutting your fingers.
- It’s quick! I can spiralize 3 zucchinis in less than 5 minutes.
- It’s easy to find! You can buy this thing anywhere. I’ve seen it at Walgreens, Target, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, Amazon, and even at discount stores like Ross.
- And most importantly, it’s CHEAP! The regular price is $15.00. It’s often on sale at Amazon, Bed, Bath, and Beyond always has coupons ($5 off $15!), and my husband Ty saw it for only $10 at Ross. This cheap spiralizer does the trick!
I can’t recommend this little kitchen gadget enough! If you’ve even considered trying your hand at vegetable noodles, buying the Veggetti is totally worth it.
Tip: When using the Veggetti, you’ll end up with a leftover cone-shaped end. Don’t toss it! Chop it up and add it to whatever dish you’re making.
What’s my favorite way to use zoodles? In spaghetti! I make my recipe as usual and simply swap the noodles with zoodles. You can cook your zoodles by letting them simmer for 10 minutes or so with the sauce until it’s done to your liking. Alternatively, zap them in the microwave for 5 minutes, then top with your sauce. Quick and easy!
Question: Do you make vegetable noodles? If so, what’s your favorite gadget to make them with? And what recipes do you use your spiralized veggies in?
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