So when I saw a recipe for healthy "zoodles" I knew that I had to try them. I bought this little gadget called a Spirelli at Bed, Bath & Beyond ($25 with coupon). It's about the size of a drinking glass and very easy to use. You just cut off the ends of a zucchini and hold it in your hand and rotate the zucchini into the Spirelli and out comes "zoodles".
Then you heat the zoodles (I threw them in boiling water for about 2 minutes), and add spaghetti sauce and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
My husband was skeptical but after he tried our "spaghetti" he was very pleasantly surprised. You can see that there is green because I didn't peel the zucchini.....extra fiber! But if you are trying to pull a fast one on your kids, peel it first to hide all evidence of a vegetable.
The texture was good, not too crunchy but not as soft as spaghetti. I will play around with it to find the best option. I'm going to steam them next time because I read that boiling leeches out the nutrients.
We always have gobs and gobs of zucchini in our garden each summer, so I will be trying other recipes too. Next up is Chicken Lo Mein Zoodles.
Nutritional Facts: A cup of chopped zucchini contains 22 milligrams of vitamin C, which is 24 percent of the recommended daily intake for men and 29 percent for women, and only 21 calories. Zucchini has been shown to help regulate blood sugar due to its high amounts of B-complex vitamins. Zucchini also contains zinc, magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids which are also important for blood sugar regulation.
So load up!!