Zoodles and 7 Other Reasons You Should Own a Spiralizer

Create endless healthy and exciting meals with a spiralizer

Zoodles and 7 Other Reasons You Should Own a Spiralizer

Zoodles and 8 Other Reasons You Should Own a Spiralizer
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Zoodles, or zucchini noodles, are taking over because they’re a healthy (low-carb, paleo, and often raw) alternative to favorite dishes like spaghetti or even a big bowl of ramen. The best part about this trend is that they’re easy to make at home.

Go Beyond the Zoodle

Learning that zucchini isn’t the only thing you can turn into a noodle is an exciting revelation. You’ll want to explore all vegetables — start with Beet Pasta with Blood Orange, Honey Walnuts, and Crispy Kale.

Explore New Foods

Once you start spiralizing vegetables, you’ll be tempted to try everything you can get your hands on. Experiment with daikon and turn it into an amazing bowl of "ramen" topped with skirt steak.

Incorporate More Vegetables Into Your Life

Incorporate More Vegetables Into Your Life
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Adding an extra serving of vegetables to a picky eater’s diet can be a frustrating experience, but curly vegetable noodles are a fun way to do it.

Cook Quickly

Cook Quickly
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Most weeknights, 30-minute dinners are all you have time for. Generally, spiralized vegetable recipes only have to be cooked for a few minutes — or are even served raw — which cuts down on cook time. Toss zoodles with some olive oil, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and other vegetables you have on hand for a basic recipe that you can customize in almost any way.

Eat Seasonally

Eat Seasonally
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Once you turn some zucchini and carrots into noodles, you’ll be tempted to do it with almost everything you see at the grocery store or farmers market. And you should.

Get Fired Up

Get Fired Up
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Salads can be great and delicious, but sometimes you want something healthy that’s also a warm meal. That’s where spiralized vegetables come in to warm up the healthy eating scene.

Make Vegetable Rice, Bulgur, Farro, Etc.

Give vegetable noodles a few pulses in the food processor and you’ve got a whole new world of vegetable “grains,” like cucumber and cauliflower in place of bulgur for tabbouleh.

Enjoy Zoodles

The vegetable noodle that started it all, zucchini noodles are as fun to eat as they are to make!