Friday, August 19, 2016

Oodles of Zoodles During Zucchini Season

Spiralizer's are all the rage right now and I am a fan.  I have recently purchased one and it has truly saved me.  
Why?  
Well, let me tell you.  I love pasta!  I miss pasta!  I crave pasta dishes! Since I have had to stop eating gluten, I have been trying other options.  The gluten-free versions of pasta just don't cut it for me.  However, zoodles are cutting it!  A zoodle is a spiralized zucchini noodle.  It's actually very cool how these work.  If you have never seen one, insert the word "spiralizer" into your search engine and many cool images will appear.

 My spiralizer is a pencil sharpener style.

You insert the zucchini in one end and turn as if sharpening a pencil.  Spirals of zucchini noodles come out the other end.  It is truly genius!  


 Then you take the zoodles and blanch them in boiling water for 30-60 seconds.  I do 30 seconds because I prefer al dente.  


Today my neighbor, Rachel, brought me over oodles of zoodles and I adore her for doing so and am putting them to good use :)


Here is a super easy idea for creating a delicious meal with your zoodles: 

First, heat a little olive oil in a pan over medium heat.


Then, add a heaping teaspoon of garlic and sauté for just a couple of seconds.


Add about a tablespoon of bacon crumbles and sauté until caramelized. 


Add a teaspoon of capers and a large handful of blanched zoodles.  Stir quickly just until warm so that you don't make the zoodles mushy.  


Serve warm and if so inclined, sprinkle with a little Parmesan cheese.  It is delicious without the cheese also. Even though I am trying to maintain a Paleo diet, I enjoy a little Parmesan occasionally.  


Next, I am going to try spiralizing sweet potatoes.  I wonder if they are called spoodles :)  I would love your feedback on your spiralizing experiences.  For now though, enjoy zucchini season my friends!