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Zoodles of fun

Good morning! Today’s post is all about my new obsession: zoodles (zucchini noodles)! I am generally a lover of all things carbs, but have recently been trying to get back to clean eating and my old vegetarian ways. So, this week I decided to alter one of our favorite (and healthy) pasta recipes from asmallsnippet blog by using zoodles in place of wheat noodles. Oh, and did I mention how easy this recipe is? It is fool-proof and quick: two things I gravitate toward during our crazy weeks!

SPICY THAI ZOODLES

Okay, ladies and gents, let’s get started…

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1. Make your zoodles! Here is a great zoodle recipe to read over if you’ve never made them before. I used 4 small¬†zucchinis and it was the perfect amount for 3 adults. You can use a knife and cut the zucchini long-ways to create long noodles, or you can use a spiralizer. Y’all, this is seriously one of my favorite kitchen tools. It is quick, easy to use and easy to clean!

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Take your pick of a spiralizer from any of these great places: Williams-Sonoma | Amazon | Bed Bath and Beyond

Once you have made your zoodles, squeeze them or blot them with a towel to get rid of any excess water and then season them as you wish. I try to stay as basic as possible so as not to interfere with the sauce. So, I simply added a little lemon juice, salt and pepper.

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2. Next, I browned some ground beef for the hubs. I am not a meat lover, but Travis is, so I used some of what we already had and then set it aside until I was ready to add it to the zoodles and sauce. You could really use any type of meat on this dish, so choose what suits you!

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3. Heat your sesame oil and red pepper flakes. As the original recipe says, the more red pepper flakes you use, the hotter the sauce. We used 2T because we love spicy dishes, but it was very hot!

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4. Then, strain the red pepper flakes from the oil and add in your soy sauce (we used low sodium) and honey, and whisk it all together!

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5. Then, plate your zoodles, ladle on some sauce, and add your toppings of choice! I think the next time we make this we will add some veggies.

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6. Enjoy (with a glass of wine)!

Click here to view asmallsnippet’s original recipe. I used her recipe to create the sauce.

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1-2 T of crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 C sesame oil
  • 6 T honey
  • 6 T soy sauce

Directions:

  • prepare your toppings of choice (green onions, carrots, broccoli, cilantro, peanuts, sesame seeds, etc.)
  • heat 1/2 C sesame oil with 1-2 T of crushed red pepper in a small pan or skillet
  • strain out the pepper and pour the oil into a mixing bowl
  • add honey and soy sauce to reserved oil and whisk together
  • toss with zoodles
  • add toppings

**This dish can be served hot or cold

Let me know if you try and like this dish or have any suggestions on how I could improve it in the future!

 

xo

 

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