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November 28 2015

Over That Thanksgiving Turkey? Welcome to Zoodles! by Megan Graves



How do you Zoodle?

It’s all happening–we’ve officially pushed cauliflower and kale to the side and now a new veggie has its time to be in the spotlight. A pasta-lover’s dream has finally arrived and it’s in the form of…zucchini! Zucchini Noodles AKA “Zoodles” and other spiralized veggies have reinvented pasta and have been sweeping instagrams, food blogs, and dieting books. They’re supposedly the cure to all pasta cravings and balanced dinners, so I bought myself a vegetti and decided to put this carb-substitute to the test. Could these Zoodle recipes really make a carb-lover like myself eat veggies on the reg? I decided to play around with the new “it” veggie and test out some unique Zoodle recipes! Here are my results:

 

 

shrimp scampi zoodlesZoodles with Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

As a college student on a budget, this meal was absolute perfection. Just cook shrimp on a skillet with butter, red pepper flakes, and garlic salt for 2-3 minutes, add tomatoes and Zoodles, and squeeze fresh lemon on top!


zoodles-2-sesame-zoodlesSesame Zoodles

Hot or cold, this asian twist on zucchini are always delicious! Just sautee the zoodles with ½ tbsp of olive oil for 3-4 minutes, drain, add sauce, and throw some sesame seeds on. Here are the ingredients for the sesame dressing:

  • ¼  cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp Rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp Sriracha Sauce
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp sesame oil

 

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Zoodles with Pesto and Tomatoes

This recipe brought me right back to summer–just cut up some cherry tomatoes, spiralize 1 zucchini (no need to cook), and add pesto!

Here’s a delicious pesto recipe that tastes great with this meal:

  • 1 cup packed fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

I LOVE pasta and carbs galore, but I also need healthy, balanced dinners to keep me feeling confident and strong! After testing out some of these recipes, I’ve fallen in love with these zucchini noodles (AKA “Zoodles”). Throw some meat, seasoning, or sauces on ‘em and you’ve got the perfect compromise–they give off the illusion of pasta, but give you the veggies you need to keep you healthy, strong, and confident! Get out there and zoodle it up ladies!

Read more articles by Megan:

The Confident Girl’s Guide to Binge Watching

Birkenstock or Birken-Not?  

Meet Megan           

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I’m Megan Graves—a sophomore at Elon University studying Developmental Psychology, Spanish, and Early Childhood Education. I’m a proud native of the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, but I’m in my happy place when as far away from cities as possible. I love camping, peanut butter, being active, babies, and healthy eats! Did we just become best friends?

 

 

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