How many vegetables did you eat yesterday?
MyPlate recommends that adults consume at least 2-3 cups of vegetables each day, making half your plate fruits and vegetables at each meal. However, finding new ways to put vegetables on our plates can be difficult and monotonous. Luckily, there are revolutionary kitchen tools on the market that can make adding vegetables to your plate easy and fun!
One such tool is the spiralizer. The spiralizer is quickly becoming the new “it” tool in the kitchen for its amazing function. You can turn your favorite vegetables into delicious noodle-like ribbons by simply inserting one end into the opening of the spiralizer, giving it a twist, and watching the device work its magic. Zucchini, summer squash, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes and butternut squash all make tasty veggie noodles!
Veggie noodles are perfect for light summer salads, Asian-style noodle dishes, or a refreshing twist on classic pasta dishes like spaghetti. You might try:
- Replacing the pasta in your favorite recipes with veggie noodles
- Cooking them in a pan on the stove with some olive oil, pesto or tomato sauce
- Preparing a new recipe, like Garlic Parmesan or Sesame Zoodles (zucchini noodles)
If you don’t own a spiralizer, you may be able to buy veggie noodles in the fresh produce section or the frozen aisle of your grocery store. Veggie noodles are becoming more common and easier to find as people seek them in place of pasta to help with weight control, blood sugar control and gluten-free eating.
How can you add veggie noodles to your favorite dishes?