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Craving Carbs

January 27, 2015 | Leave a Comment

It’s around this time of year, especially when I’m in school, when I start to crave carbs. I try to be good during the holidays but usually I have a breaking point somewhere in January where the Greek half of me begs for the comfort of carbs. There has never been a real solution to this until now. So today I’m going to teach you about the power of zoodles.

You may think that’s a typo, but it’s not. Any instagrammer can recognize this dish from a food or healthy living account. Otherwise known as zucchini noodles, zoodles are a great healthy substitute for pasta. After recieving a tool for Christmas that makes noodles out of vegetables, I was eager to try and pull myself out of my carb craving. It is called the “Vegetti”, and requires no real skill to use. Here is an extremely simple recipe to make your own zoodles! This recipe will serve 4 people. To make it extra healthy I substituted turkey meatballs for traditional ones.

Here’s what you need…
4-5 small zucchini or yellow squash
Your favorite marinara sauce
Parmesan cheese
Turkey meatballs (I use the ones from the freezer aisle)

First, use your spiralizer (in my case, the Vegetti) to cut your veggie into noodles. It’s similar movement to turning a screwdriver, so you’ll get in an arm workout for sure. When finished, run a knife to cut through the noodles in an X pattern to cut them, or else you will end up with giant noodles. Place the noodles in a bowl and cover with 2-3 paper towels. Flip the bowl over on your counter or a cutting board to allow the zoodles to release some of their natural water content. Place the meatballs and marinara in a medium pot on the stove on medium heat and cool until meatballs are tender and the sauce is simmering. When the meatballs are done, put a large saucepan or wok on the burner on medium heat. If your pan is not nonstick, spray a small amount of cooking spray in it to keep the noodles from sticking. Now, this is important, do not leave the stove while the noodles are cooking, because they need movement and can get soggy quickly, flash cook the noodles for 4-5 minutes, using tongs to stir and move them around for even cooking. After the time is up, drain the noodles in a colander. Keep them in here because they will continue to drain some more water and nobody wants a soggy plate. Plate with the sauce and meatballs, top with parmesan and serve!

This is a quick option for busy students, and for those of us trying to start out 2015 in a healthy way. It tastes just like an al dente pasta, without the guilt! Minus the sauce and meatballs, zoodles are only 60 calories a serving, so indulge! Below is a picture of mine the first time I ever cooked them. YUM!

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