Zucchini Noodles or “Zoodles”
I have to admit I purchased a spiralizer over a year ago. It still sits unopened in my pantry gathering dust. When OXO offered to send me their Hand-Held Spiralizer, I jumped at the chance. A compact version that I could store in a drawer seemed like it would get much more action (it couldn’t get any less!!!). Zoodles, a relatively new term combining the words zucchini and noodles, have hit the foodie world by storm. Cutting zucchini into noodles is a healthy, low-carb alternative to pasta and folks have been topping them with myriad sauces and utilizing them in salads and more.
OXO’s Hand-Held Spiralizer
These Zoodles were a snap to make! I also spiralized some yellow summer squash for an even more colorful dish. I cut the ends off my squash, inserted the cut end into the coring blade, then twisted to start the process. In no time at all, I had a bowlful of spiralized zucchini and summer squash ready to saute. I pat the veggies dry, cut some of the longer strands into more manageable lengths and fired up my non-stick frying pan. Within minutes my side dish was ready to roll. Here is a bit more info plus a few tips, courtesy of OXO:
- Creates uniform, curly noodles from zucchinis, cucumbers and other long vegetables
- Open blade design also accommodates round vegetables like regular or sweet potatoes
- Food holder keeps hands safe and acts as a cap for safe storage
- Handle on food holder is easy to hold and turn down to the end of vegetables
- Non-slip grip for comfortable spiralizing
- Great for making curly fries, frittatas, desserts and more
- Easy to clean and dishwasher safe
- Perfect for low-carb, diabetic or gluten-free diets
- Creates fun garnishes for salads or meal toppings
- 2-3 medium summer squash (zucchini and yellow summer squash), straighter is easier to spiralize
- 1 tablespoon each butter & olive oil
- 1 large clove of garlic, minced
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Cherry tomatoes, halved or diced red bell pepper, optional
- A generous pinch or two of kosher salt
- Fresh thyme leaves or thin strips of fresh basil
- Shaved or grated Parmesan cheese
- Using your Hand-held Spiralizer make squash "noodles," cutting long pieces in halves or thirds as needed.
- In a large saute pan melt the butter, add the olive oil and garlic. Saute briefly to infuse the garlic flavor. Add the squash noodles, tomatoes or red bell pepper if using, and turn to coat with the butter and oil, and gently cook until heated through - just a few minutes. Squeeze the lemon on top and sprinkle with salt. Toss with Parmesan, fresh herbs and serve.