Vegetable Pasta? Really?
I admit it: I had my doubts about the vegetable noodle craze (sometimes called “zoodles” since they are often made from zucchini), But I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it. In fact, my entire family enjoyed it. What’s more, a serving of veggie pasta is only 160 calories versus 800 calories for traditional grain-based pasta!
The device I used to make my veggie noodles is called a spiralizer. It’s a small, inexpensive tool that makes squash, zucchini, cucumbers, or carrots into a spaghetti noodle shape. It’s a great way to substitute meals filled with carbohydrate- and calorie-laden pasta and instead opt for low carb, nutrient-loaded, low calorie, healthy veggies.
During our first use of the spiralizer, my family of four used two zucchinis to make our vegetable pasta. . We sautéed the veggie pasta in a pan with a little olive oil and then added turkey meatballs and sprinkled with parmesan cheese. I had my doubts about this veggie pasta, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, my entire family enjoyed i
With our veggie noodles, we avoided a typical serving of grain-based pasta that could add up to 800 calories and 160 grams of carbs. Instead, we had a healthy serving of zucchini pasta that only had about 80 calories and just 8 grams of carbs.
I would recommend using around one zucchini for each person or serving as the vegetable pasta shrinks more than 50 percent when cooked as the vegetable’s water partially evaporates.
Using the spiralizer is a great way to fill up on healthy vegetables at dinner while also avoiding the bloating carbs we find in traditional pasta. Make dinner guilt-free since it’s tough to overdo dinner with a meal made up of mostly vegetables!
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