The sound of zucchini pasta didn’t exactly entice our appetites. We’ve heard of zoodles, or zucchini noodles but had never tasted them. Zucchini pasta recipes? Ok….how….interesting. Yes, we judged the humble zucchini. The thought of making zucchini noodles didn’t exactly have us running to the kitchen to whip up a batch. Maybe we thought zucchini pasta would be tasteless and we’d rather eat the real stuff and run 5 miles to burn it off. Well, we’re here to humbly apologize to the zucchini noodles because we were totally wrong. So, so sorry zucchini, we should have believed in you more.
We’re here to apologize again for waiting so long to explore the amazing world of zucchini noodles.
And finally, we here to tell you that we’re now totally and whole-heartedly addicted to zucchini noodles. What a complete 180 turn-around, right?
That zoodle or zucchini pasta meal was so incredibly delicious, that we didn’t even miss the pasta. We inhaled our zucchini noodles and couldn’t believe how satisfying it was and how healthy it was. Two things that can’t go wrong in a dish: delicious AND healthy. We felt full and satisfied, the same way we feel when we eat noodles or pasta. Except without the normally resulting food-coma. But best of all, it was totally healthier, lower calorie and gluten-free. What an amazing option to serve when we have gluten-free friends over! Again, we’re zucchini noodle addicts.
As soon as we returned from Asheville, we went into the kitchen to research, explore, experiment and taste test. Here’s what we were able to play with in the kitchen, along with one of the first recipes we made: “Zoodles” Zucchini Noodle Pad Thai!
Here’s what we made on our zucchini noodle play day:
We used this awesome Paderno vegetable spiral slicer to make the curly zucchini noodles or pasta:
we love this vegetable slicer, especially for making bigger batches of zucchini noodles
this spiral vegetable slicer, cuts up the zucchini super quick
Our OXO vegetable peeler was equally awesome at making the noodles, without the curly look.
though a mandolin doesn’t have the curls either, the zucchini cooks up great.
With 20 pounds of zucchini noodles in the kitchen, we cooked up the healthiest pad thai ever.
We didn’t miss the regular noodles at all and the zucchini was fantastic
Can you tell? We’re obsessed.
diane and todd
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Here’s a quick video for making Zoodle Pad Thai:
Yield: Serves 2
Total Time: 30 Minutes
The best part about this Zucchini Pad Thai is that you can add what ever protein you want. We like to have our zucchini noodles a little on the crunchy side, so we like to cook the zucchini first, then let the water drain from the noodles before serving. The water that's reserved from the noodles won't water down any sauce or flavor in the zoodle recipe.