Do you love pasta but need to cut out carbs? Then it just might be time for you to make the switch to noodles made from vegetables. Tasty, delicious, and nutritious, once you try them, you might never go back to regular pasta!
Vegetable Noodles vs Pasta
There’s no denying pasta is delicious. It graces most American tables every night of the week. The problem with it is that most of us are eating too many carbs. If you’re trying to lose weight, switching to healthier carbs like those found in whole wheat options is best. But you can’t eat a giant bowl of whole wheat spaghetti either or it defeats your weight loss goals.
Vegetable noodles on the other hand are made from your favorite vegetables. All you need is a spiralizing tool and you’ll be able to turn just about any vegetable into the noodles you love. You can eat more of them too. If you weigh out a serving of pasta – even whole wheat – and a serving of veggie noodles, you’ll get more food in your bowl with the veggie version which means you’ll be fuller and happier.
You can also mix different veggie noodles together for a variety of tastes and texture. And you can even use a little whole wheat pasta with it which is really great for tricking picky children into eating their vegetables.
Vegetable Noodles Benefits
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with carbs if you’re choosing healthy carbs in your life, but sometimes we need a break from them. We are a bread-based society. Sit down at your favorite Italian restaurant and what are you having? A big plate of pasta with bread! That’s a lot of carbs!
Plus, many of us aren’t getting enough vegetables in our diets as we should. Making vegetable noodles is a great way to get that pasta style without any ill effects. When you turn veggies into pasta noodles, you get more vitamin A, C, E, and K, plus loads of fiber too. These things are not in your pasta noodles, even your whole wheat ones.
Types of Vegetable Noodles
Perhaps you’ve heard of Zoodles, which are zucchini noodles. These are the most common ones to use because zucchini goes so well in Italian cooking. Paired with a fresh tomato sauce, it’s absolutely amazing and will even have kids slurping it up.
But that’s not all you can turn into noodles.
Try Poodles, or parsnip noodles; Swoodles, or sweet potato noodles; Toodles, or turnip noodles; Coodles, or carrot noodles; Boodles, or broccoli stem noodles; and Squoodles, squash noodles.
These are the best vegetables to use with your spiralizer though there is great fun in trying it out with other vegetables. Cucumbers are great for making cold noodles that are ideal for an Asian-infused salad. The versatility of vegetables when you turn them into noodles is incredible for making new culinary creations and improving your health.
How to Prepare Vegetable Noodles
There are tons of vegetable noodle recipes out there, but before we get to those, let’s talk about getting your veggie noodles ready. You might be wondering if you can prep them ahead of time or if you can freeze vegetable noodles.
The thing is, with these cuts of vegetables, it really is best to have them fresh. The fresher, the better. The good news though is that with a vegetable spiralizer, you can spiralize any vegetable in about 1 minute, which takes less time than boiling a pot of spaghetti.
Only sweet potato and squash noodles can be frozen without ill effects. Try it with other vegetable noodles and you’re bound to be disappointed. However, you can store them in airtight containers in your fridge for several days, generally 3 to 4 days, with cucumbers being a notable exception that should be eaten much more quickly.
Essentially, making them fresh as you’re about to use them is the best course of action in order to enjoy the best flavors and textures from your spiralized produce.
As for how to make your vegetable noodles, you’ll need a spiralizer. It makes short work of turning vegetable into noodles. There are two basic kinds. One type is manual and hand-held. This will be your cheapest version and is great if you’re trying to figure out this spiralizing thing.
It takes a little work on your part but you still have your vegetables turning into noodles in just a few minutes. Spend a little more and you’ll find the ones that sit on your counter top. You’ll have to crank them by hand but their design makes it even easier to spiralize and also gives you more choices for noodle styles.
For example, you can cut ribbons or different thicknesses of noodles with interchangeable blades.
And of course, if you want to make life easier than ever, you can choose an electric model. It does all the work for you, except clean up of course.
Recipes Using Vegetable Noodles
Now that you’ve got your vegetable spiralizer, you’re probably eager to make some delicious recipes with vegetable noodles. But just because you’re a pasta pro doesn’t mean you necessarily know how to handle making vegetable noodles. Recipes like these help you get the hang of your new spiralizing tool and make delicious meals the whole family will love.
Coconut Curry Sweet Potatoes Noodles might just be the best thing you’ll ever do with sweet potatoes.
And while we’re in the land of exotic flavors, you’ll definitely want to try this Thai Coconut Zoodle Soup.
Big fan of pesto? This recipe for Turnip Pesto Pasta won’t leave you missing pasta noodles one bit!
Sick of salads? Try this Rainbow Power Salad and you’ll be delighted with every satisfying bite!
Amazing Vegetable Noodles Cookbooks
Want more great vegetable noodle recipes? Then you should really grab a cookbook or two that revolves around creating meals with vegetable noodles. You’ll always have something delicious and nutritious to bring to the table when you use one of these.
Nourishing Noodles by Chris Anca gives you a broad spectrum of tasty yet healthful recipes that will satisfy your every mood. You’ll find savory options like carrot noodles with zesty garlic sauce or ranch noodle salad with BBQ almonds and sweet things like coconut cinnamon carrot cakes too!
Super Spiralized by authors Orathaty and Vania add a touch of elegance to your daily table. You’ll find things that will make you want to stay in for brunch like a zucchini, feta and mint frittata, or the beetroot spaghetti with basil and chevre. They range from simple to complex so it’s the ideal cookbook for someone who want to challenge themselves to improving their culinary skills.
Spiralizer Cookbook by Stephanie N. Collins is another great vegetable noodles cookbook we like because it has fruit recipes too. Just try to say no to apple pie noodles…we dare you!
Don’t forget to experiment on your own as you get comfortable with vegetable noodles. Your favorite homemade sauces that you once used on pasta noodles should be absolutely divine with vegetable noodles!