7/19/20

Spiralized Zucchini to Substitute for Spaghetti (a low carb, keto, Atkins option)


So fast and so easy... but also so low carb, sugarfree and easy to work with.  They go with almost any meal and they don't have a strong flavor of their own so whatever sauce or dish you make with them, the flavor of the dish or sauce will stand out.  Think; spaghetti, pasta alfredo, lasagna, buttered faux noodles with salt and pepper, etc.  Obviously, I'm taking about spiralized zucchini, which is a very easy and affordable addition to meals.

You can slice them by hand, or use a potato peeler to slice very thin strips, but you can also use a spiralizer; which makes it even faster to get uniform spirals (or strips or ribbons depending on the blade you use). 

There are SO MANY spiralizers to choose from.   The one you use really doesn't matter all that much because basically they are all going to work similar and you'll end up with the same end product.  I have an OXO brand spiralizer I picked up at TJMaxx (I think?) a couple years ago that is still as awesome as the day I bought it.  (OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Tabletop Spiralizer with StrongHold Suction).  One of my daughters who is married has the Hamilton Beach version and she also loves hers (although I love mine better... ha ha).  I find hers intimidating just because it's not 'mine' and I'm not used to it.  *I will link to hers as well as a few others at the bottom of the post - and the word "spiralizers' above to a general search on Amazon (to use if you wish).

There is no 'recipe' as all you need is fresh zucchini.




Spiralize as much as you wish (keeping in mind it will cook 'down' for your dish).
To 'cook' your faux pasta, you can simply put it in a microwavable dish and microwave it as-is for a minute or two (depends on how much you are cooking) or my favorite way; a brief boil.

Simply heat some water to boil, add the zucchini, cook for a minute, and strain in a colander.



That's it!  Ready to use with your favorite spaghetti or alfredo sauce, or any dish that calls for pasta that you are making low carb or keto.   

NOTES:

The only thing I'd note is remember NOT TO COOK THEM TOO LONG.  You don't want them mushy.  And if your dish is going to be baked or cooked after adding the zucchini noodles, you don't have to heat them first at all.  Just add to the dish and bake as usual (like for lasagna.  You could use your ribbon spiralizer blade, a sharp knife or a potato peeler to slice... add to the dish as you would pasta and then bake).








OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Tabletop Spiralizer with StrongHold Suction

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