Poor pasta. It’s always getting a bad rep. With everything from zoodles to shirataki noodles, regular old pasta has got quite the number of impersonators out there.
BUT If you haven’t noticed, here on Hungry Blonde I’m very much an equal opportunist when it comes to food. There’s a time and a place for REAL pasta (like at my favorite Italian restaurants here in NYC), but there’s also a time and a place for healthy replacements.
That’s where a veggie spiralizer comes in. I got one for Christmas, and I’ve already had so much fun experimenting with new recipes. I got this cheap-y version (Veggetti Pro) because I wanted to test it out before investing in a pricier one, and it actually does the job quite well.
Here’s the thing about making “pasta” out of vegetables – don’t try to trick yourself into thinking you’re actually eating pasta. Enjoy it as a tasty new way to eat VEGETABLES (which, I actually happen to love anyway).
Here are some of my favorite recipes so far.
Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) and Chicken Meatballs
A perfect twist on the classic spaghetti and meatballs. I spiralized 2 zucchinis and sautéed them with some diced onion in olive oil, seasoned with black pepper, salt, and garlic powder. Then I mixed in some tomato sauce and parmesan cheese. I used this recipe for the meatballs, and they turned out great.
Creamy Spinach Sweet Potato Noodles with Cashew Sauce
I. am. OBSESSED with this dish! I had it saved on Pinterest for a while now (click here for the recipe), and it did not disappoint. Sweet potatoes are definitely my favorite vegetable to spiralize – they’re hearty and filling – the closest texture to real pasta.
Here are some other recipes from around the web that I can’t wait to try.
Chicken Zoodle Lo Mein
Baked Ziti Zoodles
Coconut Curry with Sweet Potato Noodles
Garlic Butter Zoodles
Sun Dried Tomato Parmesan Chicken Zoodles
Creamy Avocado Zoodles with Shrimp
A whole book/blog dedicated to spiralized recipes! —> INSPIRALIZED