FRIDAY FAVORITES: Skinny Zoodles (Zucchini Noodle) Recipes
We are sliding into the weekend with another giveaway!
I had so much fun reading about your dreams and desires last weekend. Talk about an incredible mood lifter. Your positive energy had me buzzing all weekend. Thank you! (Click here to read all the great comments and see who won.)
Today we’re talking “zoodles” (zucchini noodles).
Have you seen recipes for them?
Zucchini sliced into pasta-like ribbons have been quite the rage for some time, especially with folks doing low-carb, paleo, gluten-free and Weight Watchers.
If you haven’t yet tried zucchini noodles, take note: They’re delicious!
Substituting a cup of zucchini noodles for pasta will save you a whopping 5 SmartPoints too!
And there’s a little device called the Veggetti (which I picked up at TJ Maxx) that works like an old-school manual pencil sharpener.
The most popular tool for making vegetable noodles is called a Spiralizer. Since I’m forever trying to simplify my life and my kitchen, am not usually a fan of single-purpose kitchen tools, and barely have space as it is, I’ve delayed purchasing one.
But my brother and sister, both proud owners, give it high marks.
So, I’ve spent the past few days gathering Weight Watchers friendly zucchini noodles recipes, tips, hints and “how-to” videos.
And even made zucchini pasta for lunch two times this week. Once with olive oil, garlic, chopped tomatoes and a sprinkle of Parmesan (a Weight Watchers version of this one from The Pioneer Woman).
And once with pesto, chopped roasted bell pepper and chopped turkey.
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While I’ve made zucchini ribbons before, I was really surprised at how much I loved the taste and texture of the “spaghetti” shaped noodles.
If I’d been blindfolded I would have sworn I was eating al-dente pasta!
What makes me most excited about the spiralizer is how fun it makes creating, cooking and eating vegetables for kids and adults of all ages!
So, if you’re looking for a fun way to get more vegetables into your life, this little kitchen gadget may be just the thing, so to kick things off we’re going to give one away! (Scroll down to the end of the post for all the details.)
Here’s a Great Video Demonstrating How to Use the Spiralizer to Make Zucchini Noodles…
And to spark your creative juices, here’s a great list of zucchini noodle recipes from my favorite Weight Watchers sites, with calories, PointsPlus and SmartPoints when available.
Talk about variety! I’ve got several bookmarked to try in the coming weeks.
Skinny Zucchini Noodles (Zoodles) Recipes from My Favorite Weight Watchers Sites:
Cashew Chicken with Zucchini Noodles, 336 calories, 8 PointsPlus (LaaLoosh)
Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Caprese, 342 calores, 9PP, 7 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Cold Sesame Zucchini Noodles, 137 calories, 4PP, 3 SmartPoints (Hungry Girl)
Creamy Ricotta Zucchini Noodles, 129 calories, 3PP, 3 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
CrockPot Chicken Zoodle Soup, 90 calories, 2PP, 2 SmartPoints (Dashing Dish)
Garlic Parmesan Zucchini Noodles with Sausage, 317 calories, 8PP, 8 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles for Two, 277 calories, 7PP, 7 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Lemon Garlic Zucchini Noodles, 142 calories, 4 PointsPlus (Eat Yourself Skinny)
Parmesan Zucchini Noodles, 91 calories, 2PP, 2 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
Raw Zucchini Noodles with Tomatoes & Pesto, 148 calories, 4PP, 4 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Shrimp Salad with Zucchini Noodles, Lemon, Garlic and Feta, 434 calories, 9 SmartPoints (Mother Rimmy’s) (The post says 12 SP, but I get 9 when I track the individual ingredients)
Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles, 286 calories, 7PP, 6 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
Shrimp Zoodles Parmesan for Two, 375 calories, 9PP, 7 SmartPoints (SkinnyTaste)
Thai Red Curry Tofu with Zucchini Noodles, 303 calories, 8PP, 9 SmartPoints (Slender Kitchen)
Zoodles and Meatballs, 325 calories, 8 PointsPlus (SkinnyTaste)
Zucchini Noodles Marinara, 117 calories, 3PP, 3 SmartPoints (Hungry Girl)
Zucchini Spaghetti with Shrimp, 290 calories, 7PP, 5 SmartPoints (Hungry Girl)
Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto, 172 calories, 5PP, 6 SmartPoints (Eat Yourself Skinny)
Zucchini Noodle Lo Mein, 277 calories, 7PP, 7 SmartPoints (Hungry Girl)
How To Make Zucchini Noodle Lo Mein Video…
Frequently asked questions about zucchini noodles:
Q: How much should I make?
A: Plan on about 1 medium sized zucchini per person. It may seem like a lot, but once they are cooked they shrink a lot.
Q: How do I cook them?
A: Boiling – If you’re going to mix them with pasta, plunge them right into the boiling water with the pasta as soon as the pasta is done. They only need to simmer for a minute or two to get soft and can be drained right along with the pasta.
Pan Cooking – This seems to be the preferred method. Just a minute or two in a large skillet set over medium heat is all it takes to soften them up for serving. Think stir-fry -cook them hot and fast like you would in a wok and then serve immediately.
Q: Sometimes when I add a sauce it turns runny, how do I avoid that?
A: Zucchini has a very high water content, so after cooking, if you add a sauce, it can tend to get soupy. Try using thicker sauces. Another trick is to plan ahead and expel some of the water from your zucchini, first. Toss your raw zoodles with kosher salt (about 1/4 teaspoon per small/med zucchini) and then place them in a mesh strainer that drains over a bowl.
More Helpful Videos on Making Zucchini Noodles…
More Weight Watchers Zucchini Recipes:
- Weight Watchers Chicken and Polenta with Zucchini Tomato Sauce
- Crispy Baked “Zucchini Fries”
- Baked Pasta with Zucchini and Cottage Cheese
- Italian “Zucchini Sauce” with Penne and Chicken Sausage
- Skinny Curried Zucchini Soup
- Skinny Zucchini Apple Loaf Cake
Spiralizer Giveaway Details… Today, because it’s Friday, because it’s my favorite day of the week, because I care about you and want to help you have fun while eating more vegetables, I’m giving away a Spiralizer! I don’t own one of these fun kitchen gadgets yet, but both my brother and sister are huge fans! Anything that makes eating your vegetables fun and delicious is pretty awesome in my book 🙂
TO ENTER To enter the giveaway, just answer the following question in the Comments section of this post: “What’s your favorite vegetable and why?” Just let me know which vegetable you prefer and why and you’re entered to win the spiralizer.
THE RULES One entry per person, please Winners will be announced Sunday night. Be sure to check back to see if you won!! Good luck! Giveaway sponsored by Simple Nourished Living.
5/1/16 Giveaway has ended!!
The winner of the Spiralizer is:
Linda G. “I love almost all vegetables. Always seeking to lower calories, fat, sugar, roasting vegetables is my favorite method of cooking. This brings out wonderful flavors in squash, zucchini, okra, brussels sprouts etc.”
Congratulations, Linda! Contact email@example.com to claim your prize!
And thanks to all of you who stopped by and participated by sharing your favorite veggies with us! I loved all the delicious ways you have for preparing them 🙂
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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