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Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) & Meatballs

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Look: Zoodles ‘n Meatballs!

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

This is all thanks to my julienne peeler.

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It makes me want to make noodles out of every vegetable in my crisper! Yes, I have a mandolin and a food processor but this tool is efficient, compact, inexpensive, and quick to clean. You can have “noodles” on the table in no time flat!

Here’s what I gathered to make zucchini noodles for 4 people:

  • 6 zucchini
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Here’s how I made it:

I washed the zucchini…

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and cut a thin slice off the bottom of each one so they wouldn’t roll around on the cutting board.

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Then, I placed the zucchini flat-side down on the cutting board and went to town with the julienne peeler. I kept the top on, so I could grasp it to keep the squash steady.

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

UPDATE: A julienne peeler ain’t the only game in town anymore, folks. Behold: a spiral slicer

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

This thing is pretty darn efficient at cranking out a ton of zoodles in no time flat—and the kids love taking turns with it, too.

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Either way you slice it (har, har!): Poof! A big bowl of noodles!

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

You can always quickly stir-fry ‘em…

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

But today, I placed the noodles in a covered microwave safe dish…

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…and nuked them on high for about 2 minutes.

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I watched them closely so I wouldn’t overcook them. Nobody likes soggy noodles.

I drained the excess liquid and tossed the zucchini with salt and pepper, and topped them with Rao’s marinara sauce and meatballs (which you can easily make from bulk sausage).

Zucchini Spaghetti (Zoodles!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

See? It’s super easy!


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