I love being able to ‘reinvent’ dishes for my family to enjoy, typically substituting a different protein, using lemon juice instead of vinegar, and even using a different style of pasta…just to keep dishes interesting. We eat a lot of vegetables here, even moreso since planting a garden last spring (green beans, wax beans, peas, and zucchini have done well for us), and our diet tends to reflect typical summer eating; lots of fresh, local vegetables, light meals, fewer heavy meat-based dishes.
I’ve seen a lot of vegetable noodle dishes, and tend to use spaghetti squash to fill that need, but our successful zucchini plants prompted me to get even more creative with our abundant crop. After seeing a ton of people posting about delicious vegetable noodles this past year, I decided to jump on the spiralizer bandwagon and see what the ‘voodle’ craze was all about.
I reached-out to the kind folks at Kycen, who were kind enough to oblige me by sending me one of their spiral slicers. I should disclose that I am not a fan of kitchen gadgets; our kitchen is small, our cupboard space limited, and my toddler has a proclivity for rummaging through our kitchen. However, when I received our Kycen Spiralizer, I was pleasantly surprised to see how small it was; no involved equipment, taking up precious kitchen space, with multiple parts begging to get misplaced (thanks to my toddler). The Kycen Spiralizer is a single piece, shaped like an hourglass and roughly the length of my hand; the blades are permanent, and it comes with a small cleaning brush. Best of all? Our Kycen Spiralizer fits easily into our kitchen drawer.
Easy to use, you simply place your vegetable into the Spiralizer and turn like you’re sharpening a pencil. In minutes, you have beautiful vegetable noodles; a great substitute for pasta, or delicious in your stir-fry. No more painstaking moments at the cutting board (I don’t have the best of knife skills), attempting to perfectly julienne beautiful, fresh vegetables. You can purchase Kycen Spiralizers on Amazon HERE.
ZUCCHINI NOODLES W/ GRAPE TOMATOES
2 medium zucchini, spiral cut
1 c. grape tomatoes, halved
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1/8 t. sea salt
1/8 t. ground pepper
1/4 c. water
1/4 c. grated parmesan (optional)
Add olive oil to pan over medium heat, sauté garlic and shallots for two minutes. Add zucchini and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Add 1/4c. water, salt, pepper, and grape tomatoes, simmering until liquid is reduced (5-7 minutes). Top with parmesan and serve hot.
*I was sent a Kycen Spiral Slicer, at no cost to myself, in order to facilitate this post; all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains an affiliate link.