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Friday, August 21, 2015

Veggie Noodles & How to Make Them

Pasta is definitely a crowd favorite, but it’s loaded with carbs and can be easy to overeat. Vegetables, on the other hand, contain fiber and nutrients we don’t always get enough of. With harvest time here at last, think about substituting vegetables for your pasta fix. It’s fun, easy, and you won’t really miss the pasta since these veggie versions can be served the same way. 

Zucchini is pretty plentiful in our area, and we’re all looking for new ways to use it. Here are a few ways to dress it up so it can pose as pasta. Use a mandolin slicer to slice zucchini lengthways- this will create thin ‘noodles’ that can replace those you would use in lasagna. You could also julienne (cut into long matchstick-like pieces) those slices for spaghetti or fettuccini type ‘noodles’- many mandolins come with julienne attachments. Some other kitchen tools can work just as well. Use the large side of a box grater to grate veggie strips or a vegetable peeler to cut ribbon-like slices from carrots, cucumbers, squash or thick asparagus. Spiral slicers can be purchased for as little as $10, and are also pretty handy for making long ‘noodles’ out of smaller veggies.

Cooking these veggie noodles is pretty easy, too. Sautee your veggie strips in a pan with oil and whatever herbs or spices you want for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the vegetable and thickness. Your freshly cooked veggies can be served in the same ways you would serve pasta. Enjoy!

Provided by Penn State Cooperative Extension of McKean County. For more information or healthy tips, contact Kyle Lightner, Family and Consumer Science Program Assistant at kel5255@psu.edu or (814)887-5613 ext. 203

Zucchini Noodle Alfredo

1Tbsp Olive Oil
1 lb Zucchini
3 Tbsp Cream Cheese
1 Tbsp Sour Cream
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese
1/8 tsp Garlic powder

Slice zucchini into noodles using a spiral slicer, vegetable peeler, or mandolin. Press noodles with paper towels to remove some moisture. Sautee zucchini noodles in oil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add to serving dish. Add remaining ingredients to pan and stir over low heat until smooth. Pour sauce over noodles and toss. Salt, pepper, or spices can be added to taste. Enjoy!

(recipe adapted from Dinner-Mom.com)

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