Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! I thought this post would be especially appropriate today, considering how much green is in this recipe! Also, if you’re feeling lucky, I’m giving away a Paderno Spiralizer at the end of this post!
If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed how much I love my Paderno Spiralizer. Zoodles with puttanesca, crispy sweet potato strips, green curry zoodles, turnip “pasta”, pesto zoodles with shrimp and ramen zoodles are just a few of the ways I’ve used it over the past few months.
We don’t have a huge kitchen, so we try to be super selective about the tools and gadgets we purchase. If it doesn’t have multiple uses or save us major time, then it’s probably not something I’d buy.
The Spiralizer is amazing because it takes vegetables that (to be honest) can get a little boring…and turns them into noodles!
The vegetable noodles aren’t necessarily a replacement for pasta (kind of how I explained about the cauliflower crust pizza). However, they create a noodle-like experience that makes eating bowl full of veggies and protein pretty darn satisfying.
What’s great about this recipe in particular is that there is no cooking involved. Not only does that mean you don’t have to heat up your kitchen with the summer months ahead, but you also don’t lose any of the nutrients from the veggies.
Also, if you use store-bought pesto, the entire recipe from start to finish will take you under 20 minutes. That’s a win in my book!
2 medium zucchini, ends trimmed
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 cup small mozzarella balls (ciliegine), torn
1/3-1/2 cup prepared pesto
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
salt + pepper, to taste
Spiralize your zucchini using the the smallest blade. If you don’t have a Spiralizer, you can use a mandolin or a julienne tool to slice the zucchini into long, thin noodle shapes.
Toss all ingredients in a large bowl and serve. Can be made an hour or so in advance. (Try not to wait too long to serve, as the salty pesto will begin to draw water from the zoodles.)
Now for the fun part – a giveaway!!! One lucky reader will win their very own Spiralizer!
You have one week to enter using the widget below. At the end of the week, I will announce the winner and the giveaway will close.