Zucchini noodles, commonly known as “zoodles,” hit the market running with their pasta-mimicking function. Zoodles replaced traditional noodles without hesitation from the public as their popularity increased among individuals looking for a low-carbohydrate option. With one quick Pinterest search, you can find recipes for zoodles and meatballs, zoodle lasagna, zoodle soup or zoodle pad thai. The extra veggie servings must have got our brain juices running. We’ve come up with a few other colorful vegetables to bring to the spiralizer.
Butternut squash: The luscious winter squash adds extra vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber to the plate. Run peeled butternut squash through a spiralizer to make beautiful yellow-orange noodles that can be paired with Brussels sprouts, walnuts and herbs for a light but flavorful dinner.
Beets: Beets add a deep red color to pasta-inspired dishes and where there is color, there are good-for-you nutrients including B vitamins and manganese. Not only will the color shine with beet noodles, but the natural flavors will also leave you satisfied with less added ingredients. Top beet noodles with pesto and baby kale for an earthy dish that your body will love.
Turnips: Wintertime blues may tempt you into grabbing the pasta box for a warm and hearty meal. Coincidentally, turnips are winter root vegetables that are largest (aka easiest to spiralize) during the cold season. Rather than a carb-loaded pasta dish, turnip noodles provide less calories, more vitamin C, vitamin B6 and fiber so you can stay bikini-ready all year long. Pair the turnip ribbons with garlic, canned tomatoes and fennel and kiss the winter blues goodbye.
Sweet potatoes: The sweet potato offers a variety of options when it comes to spiralizing. Its natural sweetness pairs great with fresh herbs, garlic, and leafy greens. Add a new theme to your Mexican cuisine by adding spiralized sweet potatoes to the menu. They complement the flavors of black beans, peppers and chicken and provide subtle sweetness to spicy dish. Not to mention, you’ll gain some extra potassium, magnesium, vitamin A and calcium.