Recently, I’ve been trying to help incorporate new recipes and healthier foods into my meal plans. So far, I have tried making veggie noodles with a spiralizer. These are some of the things I have liked so far.
I found a weekly meal plan that uses a spiralizer with sweet potatoes and zucchini to make veggie noodles. I’ve never used a spiralizer before, and decided to get one at the store to try out the recipes.
The spiralizer I found works ok, but is not the best. I am left-handed, and the machine is meant only for right-handed spiralizing. But it works for making veggie noodles.It was easy to figure out how to put the equipment together and make the noodles from it.
The first time I used the spiralizer, I used a bowl, and that was not working to catch the noodles. My husband used a plate, and that worked much better! The base part of it gets pushed out as the veggie gets sliced.
Sweet potatoes are easy to cook if they are sauteed in a pan. My pan is thin and can burn food easily. So I keep it on medium heat, add oil, then add noodles and cook for 3-5 minutes before turning the temperature down. I put a lid on the pan and let it sit at the lower temperature for up to 10 minutes until the noodles are soft.
For the zucchini, they are very watery! Zucchini is harder to maintain the structure of the noodle when it gets cooked, so it is better to flash heat them for a short amount of time at a higher temp and eat right away. I did figure out how to make pesto zucchini noodles that tastes delicious! I just need to figure out the texture for them.
If you want to eat healthier and are looking for solutions for meal prep, I really like the sweet potato noodles. They were easy to store in an airtight bag with a paper towel for a week. I didn’t notice them getting too soggy or gross. The temp in my refrigerator is at a very cool temp to prevent food from spoiling.
I’m not sure how long the zucchini noodles would hold their shape or structure for meal prep.
Have you ever eaten or made veggie noodles? What vegetable to you enjoy?