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Zucchini Noodles Are an Easy Grain-Free Pasta Alternative
Have you gone completely grain-free but miss the comfort brought to the table by a plate of buttery or saucy noddles? Zucchini noodles make a great alternative to traditional spaghetti noodles. If you’re wondering how to make zucchini noodles and you think it might be complicated, I’m here to tell you it’s not.
I tried out the Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer this week and am so excited to have found a new medium for my favorite pasta sauces that will not send my body into carb overload. I try to cook frugal, grain-free dinners from scratch most nights of the week. I and my middle son really miss pasta nights, however. Zucchini noodles (and carrot noodles and sweet potato noodles) are a delicious, grain-free replacement for our old pasta-night standby.
When I received my spiralizer to test out, my first question was, “What about the seeds?” I couldn’t figure out how I would avoid the mushy mess that is the core of a zucchini. As it turns out, the Brieftons NextGen spiralizer simply cores the vegetable. This is what a zucchini core looks like after going through the spiralizer:
How to Make Zucchini Noodles With the Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer
The Brieftons NextGen Spiralizer was super easy to use. It comes with four blades (70mm, 10mm, 5mm and 3mm) for different sized “noodles”. I used the 3mm blade size for my zucchini noodles. I sliced a bit of the end off of the zucchini, placed it in the cone and twisted it just like I was sharpening a pencil. It worked right away. In less than a minute I had a plate full of beautiful zoodles.
I wasn’t able to make the zucchini noodles the same day I bought the zucchini because life happens, so I was concerned that not-so-firm zucchini might not work. I was wrong. It worked just fine! Of course, it is recommended to use fresh, firm vegetables for the best results, but I was happy that I can use veggies that are slightly past their prime. What a great way to avoid waste!
If you’re wondering about clean up, it was a cinch, as well. The blades remove easily and can be rinsed clean. I didn’t have any problems with the noodles or zucchini skin getting stuck in the blades or other parts of the spiralizer. The spiralizer comes with a brush for cleaning between the teeth of the blades. It’s also top-rack dishwasher safe.
How to Cook Zucchini Noodles
So, what do you do with the noodles once you’ve gotten them spiralized? My favorite way to cook zucchini noodles is to saute them in butter and salt. You can also add onions, garlic, oregano and basil for more flavor. Sauteed zucchini noodles are yummy with or without sauce.
If you’re looking for more ideas, Brieftons offers a free cookbook with the purchase of the NextGen spiralizer.
Check out this video on how to use the spiralizer:
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