When I’m working from home, I love to eat Zoodles (zucchini noodles) for lunch or dinner. It’s very filling, delicious (in my humble opinion), and super easy to make in under 5 minutes. You read that right. < 5 minutes.
- Zucchini. I’m a 5′ petite woman. One zuke makes a mid-sized meal for me; two and I’ll be stuffed!
- Pasta sauce. Mia’s Kitchen Tomato Basil sauce is my favorite. I buy it from my local chain grocery store (Safeway). There aren’t any scary ingredients (see photo).
- Seasonings. All optional. The sauce already has plenty of flavor, but feel free to add salt, pepper, garlic powder, etc. I also shake on some Bragg’s nutritional yeast at the end, similar to how some might use Parmesan cheese. Nutritional yeast is a seasoning that contains iron, selenium and B12, which is great for vegans, as B12 isn’t naturally occurring in plant foods. It’s an essential nutrient that can be found in meat, poultry, shellfish, eggs, milk, etc. No animals are harmed in the process of creating nutritional yeast because yeasts are members of the fungi family. It tastes similar to cheddar cheese and the smell reminds me of a chicken bouillon cube.
Then, get your tools together.
- Spiralizer or vegetable peeler. If you’re going to make this often, then I’d recommend getting a Spiralizer. I realize it looks like a torture device, but it’s super easy and fast to use: insert preferred blade, insert veg, crank. Done! My sister bought me a Spiralizer as a gift; she purchased from Amazon (~US $24). Of course, the fun doesn’t stop at zucchini. Try potatoes, squash, apples, and more!
Spiralizer comes with 3 different blades. Today, I cut my zucchini into thirds to show you how they turn out: ribbons (left), skinny noodles (middle), and thick noodles (right).
I prefer to eat my zoodles cooked down into pasta sauce, so the ribbons or thick noodles tend to hold up better to the cooking process. If I’m eating my spiralized veggies raw, I tend to prefer the ribbons or skinny noodles.
I plate it up my Zoodles with the nutritional yeast, some whole wheat vegan bread (Alvarado St. brand – also from Safeway), and top it off with a little more sauce.