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Have you ever attempted to make zucchini noodles only to be left with a soggy, unsatisfying mess? Yeah, me too…. I have failed at zucchini noodles (aka “zoodles”) so many times that when I finally got it right, I just had to share it with you all! So here is my secret to perfect zoodles everytime!
Choosing a Spiralizer
My very first spiralizer was a Veggitti. I’ll be honest that I was skeptical about zoodles and if they were really as delicious as everybody claimed. So I didn’t want to spend a lot of money if I there was a chance I hated zoodles! I didn’t have high hopes for the Veggitti, however it turned out to work surprisingly well! The Veggitti is very inexpensive, however it does have 2 major drawbacks: 1) you need to make sure to purchase a zucchini small enough to fit inside one of the two ends of the device. And 2) if you’re spiralizing zucchini in bulk, your wrist will get very tired! You need to hand crank each zucchini, and trust me after a few minutes you’ll need to take a break.
My Secret to Perfect Zoodles
Now that you have your zucchini spiralized, it’s time to cook it right? WRONG! Here is my biggest tip: do not cook your zoodles!
Zucchini is an extremely wet vegetable, and when cooked it can get soggy. On the other hand, zoodles cook extremely quick. Therefore, I leave my zoodles raw and simply add the rest of my cooked ingredients on top in the Tupperware. Then when it’s time to eat, the zoodles will cook for the first time in the microwave when you are reheating your food! Simply cook for 2-3 minutes and you have perfectly fresh zoodles every time!
- Serves: 4
- Calories: 272
- Fat: 11.6
- Saturated fat: 4.2
- Unsaturated fat: 1.3
- Trans fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 17.1
- Sugar: 11.5
- Sodium: 753
- Fiber: 4.1
- Protein: 28.3
- Cholesterol: 94.4
- 4 zucchini
- 1lb of 93% lean ground turkey
- 2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce
- ¼ cup reduced fat parmesan cheese
- ½ cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1 tbsp. minced garlic
- salt & pepper to taste
- Spiralize your zucchini and cut into smaller pieces
- Cook your ground turkey in a pan and break into pieces. Once it's almost fully cooked, add in the garlic, salt, and pepper and sauté until the turkey is cooked through
- Pour in your marinara sauce and mix together
- Portion out your zoodles into 4 containers and then add the turkey mixture on top.
- Finish up by adding the parmesan and mozzarella cheese