all about zucchini
Zucchini is the vegetable of summers, hence its name summer squash. This squash is full of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and folate, all of which are important to maintain a healthy body. Zucchini is also a popular choice amongst the health conscious because of its low calories and ability to make you feel full. Its high water content helps to quench thirst, which makes it the perfect summer vegetable. In fact, zucchini is so versatile, it is often used to replace pasta. "Zoodles" are noodles made from zucchini; they are a healthier and refreshing alternative to your typical noodles!
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There are many ways to make Zoodles! If you have a vegetable peeler at home, you can simply peel a zucchini into thick, flat noodles that are similar to Tagliolini. You can also do the Julienne method, which is to cut them into long, thin slices using a knife. However, this method takes a long time. Alternatively, if you want to make your Zoodles quickly, it would be better to invest in a spiralizer.
Zoodles are relatively easy to cook, considering that zucchini is comprised of 95% water! This means that you can't cook them for long or they'll end up soggy. Popular methods to cook them include microwaving, boiling, sautéeing, or even baking them! Be sure not to cook them for more than 2 minutes or they'll go soggy! You can even eat them raw as a cold dish in summer!
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1. To save time, make your Zoodles ahead of time and place them in a glass container lined with paper towels. The Zoodles will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge.
2. Keep the skin of the zucchini as it adds a nice green colour to your dish, and also provides dietary fiber.
Try making these Zoodles at home and you'll never want to eat normal noodles ever again! These are perfect for hot summer days and taste best when served cold. They're also a great alternative to salads at parties and will definitely impress your guests!
Written by Kristy Yuen