I am not so big on making and keep New Year's resolutions, but around Christmastime I decided I needed to start eating more vegetables. I don't know why I am so bad at eating them, considering I actually like most veggies. I think it is just a mixture of being lazy and also preferring warm comfort foods (I'm not a huge fan of cooked vegetables).
For Christmas my Dad got me the spiralizer/peeler/corer attachment for my KitchenAid mixer so I decided to try and make zucchini noodles (zoodles) for dinner one night this week! The spiralizer was easy to set up and SO much fun to watch. I think I am going to start sprializing everything I eat.
I used 2 zucchinis for this recipe, which was enough for 2 big servings. Also, I realized after the first one to cut the zucchinis in half before spiralizing or I would have super long noodles to contend with! Once all the noodles were prepared I let them drain for 30 minutes in a strainer in the sink. Zucchini is full of water so drying them out helps with reducing water in your spaghetti. After 30 minutes I fried them for about 5-10 minutes with some salt and olive oil.
In another pan I browned some beef and then added 1/2 jar of spaghetti sauce to the beef. I combined the two with ample amounts of parmesan in my bowl for dinner!
The verdict? I loved it! The noodles tasted pretty good- not to hard and not too soft or mushy- and blended well with the meat sauce. Most of the recipes I saw online were for lighter sauces, so I wasn't sure if meat sauce would taste good. I ate up my whole bowl! And I didn't find myself any hungrier than usual later that evening, even though I had skipped the pasta- the protein in the meat kept me satiated.
All in all, a successful mission to get more veggies in me and a new recipe to add to the menu around here! I know not everyone has a spiralizer at home to try this out, but you can replicate it by julienning the zucchini as well!