According to the USDA nutritional database, 1 cup of cooked spaghetti has about 200 calories and 40g of carbohydrates whereas 1 cup of raw zucchini noodles has around 20 calories and 5g of carbohydrates. Unfortunately for zucchini's they’re made up of a lot of water and not a whole lot else so you won’t overly benefit from any other nutritional standpoint apart from the fact that you’ll slash your carb and calorie intake.
How to make zoodles
What you’ll need:
- 1-2 medium sized zucchinis
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 tsp lemon juice
What to do:
- Using a spiralizer or a julienne peeler, create noodles from the zucchini.
- Squeeze out water over the sink.
- Heat an oiled medium sized fry pan over medium high heat. Fry garlic for a minute. Stir gently, then add the noodles. Gently toss to coat, stir through juice.
If you don’t have time on your side you can buy pre-made zoodles from most Coles and Woolworths stores.
You can buy an electric spiralizer from Kmart for just $20.
Zoodle appropriate recipes
Zucchini noodles are a great healthy alternative for pasta and in some cases rice noodles. Here are a couple of recipes featuring zoodles. Enjoy!
Chicken with zoodles and creamy pepper sauce
Skip the pasta in favour of zoodles (zucchini spaghetti) served with creamy pepper chicken. It’s the 5-ingredient dinner recipe the whole family will love. Get the full recipe.
Steak with pesto zoodles
Combine classic beef sirloin steaks with some delicious zucchini spaghetti. It's ready to eat in just 20 minutes, making it a great family dinner. Get the full recipe.