Zoodles are a fun way to add vegetables to a meal! Serve them with or without Asian noodles. When I first introduced this meal to make with the kids in the class, they rolled their eyes! Kids want to bake cakes and make desserts – not cook vegetables! However, knowing the value of vegetables for good health and the importance of preparing plant based meals in our suppers to help the environment, I pursued with the recipe. I was pleased to see – and very much relieved, that the kids gobbled their meal up! They all really enjoyed their meal and and had fun zoodling their veggies!
and now for the recipe…
This recipe is designed for kids. It includes basic precooking preparations and equipment lists. The recipe also refers to a superhuman adult (aka – YOU! The adult who is reading this!)
Prep Time : 10 min Cook Time : 10 min Servings : Serving size: 1 cup
2 units zucchini, one yellow and one green, spiralized into zoodles
2 carrots, peeled and zoodled
2 green onions
1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp sesame oil
2 clove garlic, minced
2 tsp ginger, minced
3 tbsp soy sauce,
1 tsp lemon juice
4 tbsp honey
1 tbsp sesame seeds
Cut the zucchini and carrot into noodles using a spiralizer, mandolin, or sharp knife. If you have time, sprinkle them with salt and let them rest on the counter for 10 minutes. Then press with a paper towel to remove the excess moisture. This will give you a crisper noodle.
Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add the oil, sesame oil, green onion, garlic, and ginger to the pan. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant and add the zucchini noodles. Cook for 2-4 minutes until just tender. Add the honey and lemon juice and stir until the noodles are well coated. Top with sesame seeds.
Variations: Slice 4 chicken breasts into strips and marinate the chicken with 1 clove of garlic, minced; 1 teaspoon of minced ginger; 1 tablespoon of soy sauce; 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of sesame oil. Heat the pan with 1 tablespoon of oil, saute the chicken strips on medium high heat until lightly golden and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the pan and continue with the recipe as stated above. Once the zoodles are fully cooked, add the chicken back in the pan and mix with the vegetables. Serve over Asian noodles and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Experiment by replacing the chicken with sliced beef, pork, tofu or tempeh. Add toasted cashews or peanuts for an added crunch. You can even try different vegetables! There are many possibilities and the more you try different ingredients, the more you learn about food and ingredients.