Top 3 Recipes for ZOODLES!

While foodies indeed require a certain array of cooking tools, I’m a minimalist in terms of kitchenware. It’s expensive, and I’m cautious of purchasing a cook tool if I’m worried I’ll only use it for one recipe. I’ve never felt this regret with my Ninja blender (I’d love for Santa to bring me a Vitamix sometime $$$), and I’ve never regretted having a slow cooker. I feel the same way about the Veggetti- or veggie spiralizer. At $14.99, it’s low risk and high return. I use it several times per week. They have them at Bed Bath and Beyond, and I got mine at Target.

Mexican Citrus Zoodle Salad


Mexican Citrus Zoodle salad- serve cold

Raw zucchini + Veggetti = Zoodle. (I’ve also made Squoodles – squash noodles, but the zucchini noodles taste better.) My first Zoodle creation was a cold zucchini noodle citrus salad with a Mexican twist. In addition to the Cara Cara orange wedges, I tossed the Zoodles in olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper, and topped with sliced grape tomatoes, avocado cubes, and cilantro, my most favorite herb in the entire world (not so for many people).

Spinach Pesto Zoodles


Ginger Turkey Meatballs with Spinach Pesto Zoodles

The recipe for the ginger turkey meatballs comes from the creative gals at Spinach 4 Breakfast. I used to make my own pesto in the past with parmesan cheese, but ever since going dairy-free I’ve hunted around for a new pesto recipe. The Spinach 4 Breakfast girls have a great one that of course, surprise, includes a healthy amount of spinach! I’m grateful to them for that non-dairy recipe. This time I tossed the Zoodles in olive oil, sea salt, cracked black pepper, and the pesto in the wok to soften and warm up the zucchini. I had never eaten a meal like this before; the Veggetti has opened up a whole new world!

Spicy Sausage Tomato Soup with Zoodles


Sausage Tomato Soup with Zoodles

This soup is basically an interpretation of my homemade arrabbiata tomato sauce recipe. I threw in some Trader Joe’s spicy Italian sausages; caution, they are quite zesty! The Zoodles are a nutritious gluten-free alternative to calorie-dense nutrient-poor traditional pasta.

What else have you made with the Veggetti, other than zucchini or squash?

Happy Spiralizing!

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4 Comments on “Top 3 Recipes for ZOODLES!”

  1. Marisa LaValette April 2, 2015 at 09:19 #

    Ahh! Today marks my 200th post on my travel and cooking blog! Thank you to friends, family, fans, and followers who have supported the blog through all its permutations. it’s changed over the years as I have developed as a person from road-tripping for 256 Days in a Pickup Truck, to relief work in Haiti, to three months in CapeTown, to a solo trek through all of Central America and now life in Cali with everything that comes with it like teaching, cooking, gluten-free, dairy-free, running, yoga, writing, and blogging! Lots of love to everyone this Thursday! You rock! My world is full of supportive people!

  2. Lisa Young April 2, 2015 at 16:49 #

    Okay, so I had to Google zoodles and veggetti 🙂

    I’m looking forward to visiting so I can eat some of your favorite more milder recipes…nothing that is going to shock my system. My body is accustomed to food that is quite not so healthy!

    • Marisa LaValette April 3, 2015 at 04:07 #

      Thanks Lisa! Yes, Zoodles and Veggetti are some of the most ridiculous words flying around the “foodie circle” these days.

      My tiny kitchen has indeed seen some heavy duty cooking and culinary experimentation over the past few months. I have really expanded my repertoire and now keep on hand ingredients I had never thought of before— coconut flour and almond meal are two perfect examples of “go-tos” that I had never heard of before 5 months ago. Also rice malt syrup and coconut oil. Life changers!

      Don’t worry, there’s an Outback Steakhouse just up over the bridge in Marin. Can you believe it?! We can go there if you get a hankering.

      I also heard that over by you there is a Glory Days now at North Point shopping center. I can only imagine the entire family’s excitement!

      ; )


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