I have to admit: I’m a pasta addict. My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese, though I’m almost as happy with just a big bowl of linguine or fettucine with some good olive oil and a little seasoning. But carbs. So many carbs and calories. Which is why I’ve been meaning to get a spiralizer to make zucchini noodles for a long time, particularly since my friend, Leah posted this recipe for zucchini noodles with lemon cream sauce.
And then, as luck would have it, the folks over at Veggetti® asked me if I’d like to try it out. Please and thank you!
While my brand new Veggetti® spiralizer was on the way, I happened upon a cooking demo that my friend, Trish of Nutrisha was hosting at the West End Farmers Market. She was using a Veggetti®! She told me it was very important to not overcook the “noodles” (they’ll turn to mush) and to use a fresh, firm squash for best results (it’s a lot more difficult to spiralize a…not-firm squash). I learned that it’s also a good idea to get a long, slender zucchini with a decent-size stem that will make it easier to grip and turn.
Trish shared this recipe (I made a few minor changes) for a nice, light Veggetti® that is a great side dish or “salad.”
Summer Squash “Spaghetti”
adapted from Trish Marzella Mathisen of nutrisha.com
1-2 cups spiralized zucchini (from 2 medium zucchinis)
1 tablespoon softened goat cheese
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
¼ cup chopped onions or leeks (white portion)
1 clove/teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Using a spiralizer, create veggie noodles by twisting (no need to peel first) through as shown (on the “thick” side).
Combine the goat cheese and lemon juice in a large bowl and set aside.
In a large saute pan over medium heat, add oil, onions, and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the onions have become translucent and the garlic becomes fragrant. Turn the heat up to medium high, add the “noodles” and cook for about 1-2 minutes, gently tossing to coat with oil until the noodles have softened (do not overcook). Remove from heat and scrape into the bowl with goat cheese and lemon juice. Toss to coat the noodles with the cheese sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or cold.
I’m not going to lie; nothing can replace a really good noodle, but with a tasty sauce like this one (or Leah’s), spiralized veggie noodles can be a really great substitute. You can use them in place of wheat noodles for just about any dish that would normally require a long, thin noodle. It’s particularly helpful when you want to make a light dish that’s healthy and gluten-free and/or diabetic-friendly (and vegan, too!). And not only can you use it for zucchini, but for carrots and cucumbers as well. They make a fun garnish or filling for spring rolls.
The Veggetti® is available at Bed Bath and Beyond, Walgreens, CVS and numerous other stores that have an “As Seen on TV” section. However, you can win a Veggetti® PLUS a $25 Visa gift card by entering my giveaway! To enter:
Leave a comment telling me which pasta recipe (the name is fine, but a link would be great) you’d most like to try with Veggetti® noodles.
For a bonus entry (leave an additional, separate comment), tweet about this giveaway on Twitter. Whatever you’d like to tweet! Just please include my Twitter handle (@lesleyeats) and a link to this post. For example: “I’m ready to Veggetti! Win a spiralizer and gift card from @lesleyeats http://ow.ly/z8fy8”
Limit 2 entries per person. The contest will be open from now until Tuesday, July 22 at 1pm CDT and is only open to residents of the United States. The winner will be chosen at random and be notified by email (please be sure your comment includes a valid email address) that afternoon and will have until Friday, July 25 at 1pm CDT to respond with a valid mailing (street)address. If there’s no response by that time, I will choose another winner.
Note: this contest is closed. Congratulations to commenter #24, Liz!
Disclosure: The Veggetti®, gift card, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Ontel.