Zoodles with Veggies & Goat Cheese

Noodles made from veggies are a big thing these days, and for a good reason: they are an easy and delicious way to add more vegetables into your diet! Today I'm sharing three tips for making these "noodles" taste good PLUS a recipe that I've been digging lately.

In order to make veggie noodles you will need a spiralizer (I highly recommend this one or this one) or a vegetable peeler. A few stores are starting to sell pre-spiralized veggies - I've seen them at some Whole Foods. You can also order them online (check out Hungry Root).

Here are my tips for making veggie noodles actually taste good:

1. Add plenty of herbs and spices - Veggie noodles don't have much flavor by themselves, so make sure you are spicing 'em up! You can use fresh herbs (basil! cilantro! mint!) or a dried blend (I like the 21 Spice blend from Trader Joe's).

2. Add healthy fat - Veggie noodles have become popular because they are low in calories and lighter than traditional pasta. Which means you shouldn't be afraid to add some hearty, healthy fats to your meal! This can be cheese, like I've done below, or avocado, peanut sauce, etc. If you eat meat, I imagine chicken or turkey sausage would also be a great way to make the dish more satisfying.

3. Add heat - While you can totally enjoy your zoodles raw, I find they taste more similar to pasta and are much more satisfying when gently warmed.

Zoodles with Veggies & Goat Cheese // vegetarian option, gluten free

Ingredients:

- 1 zucchini

- 1 cups veggies of choice (I've used leftover grilled veggies, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms)

- Olive oil

- Garlic

- 1/4 cup goat cheese

- 3/4 cup protein of choice (I've done this with both tempeh and shrimp)

Instructions:

1. Make your zoodles. You can do this using a spiralizer (I highly recommend this one or this one) or a vegetable peeler.

2. Prep & cook your veggies. Chop up your veggies and saute in a large pan with garlic and olive oil (if you used leftover grilled veggies you can skip the garlic and olive oil and just warm them up).

3. Add in your protein. Add your protein to the pan and cooked to desired done-ness.

4. Add in your zoodles. These go in the pan at the end! They really just need a few minutes to warm up - you don't want to over cook them as they will get mushy.

5. Plate it up! Place your cheese on your plate. Top with the zoodle mixture from your pan and stir. The cheese will melt and make a creamy, delicious sauce. Add salt, pepper and more herbs/spices to taste. Enjoy!

 

Have you tried zucchini noodles? What are your tips for making them taste amazing?