It’s summer time, you don’t have AC, and you do NOT want to heat up your house with a hot dinner. Behold, zucchini noodles (aka zoodles), your raw noodle answer.
With a simple $5 spiralizer (check out this one from Amazon), you can have zoodles in no time. Alternatively, if you have the patience, you can peel thin strips by hand with a peeler and have a similar style meal.
While the possibilities are endless when it comes to toppings and dressings, I drew my inspiration from a sweet pad thai dish I had on campus and the various vegetables I had in my fridge. I encourage you to use your leftovers and adjust spice, sweetness, and serving amounts to your liking.
Peanut-y Zoodle Bowl
Serves: 1 very large serving
Time: 10 minutes
1 zucchini, spiralized (or peeled)
1 carrot, cut in 2 inch, thin julienne strips
5 mini peppers, sliced in thick rounds
1 green onion, sliced (including white end)
1/2 cucumber, chopped
(optional) shelled peanuts for topping
(optional) 1/2 of a lime
1-2 Tbsp peanut butter (can substitute other nut/seed butters for allergies)
1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce (try tamari for gluten-free needs)
1-2 tsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice)
1/2 lime, juiced
1/8-1 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp dried cilantro
dash of garlic powder
dash of dried ginger
water to thin
Add spiralized noodles, julienne carrots, sliced peppers, green onion, and cucumber to a large bowl. Give the mixture a quick stir to distribute the ingredients.
In a small, microwave safe dish, heat the peanut butter for 1 minute (if using shelf-stable peanut butter). Add in the remaining sauce ingredients, except water, and stir with a fork to smooth out. If the sauce is too thick, add a little water to thin it out. (Keep in mind the noodle bowl contains plenty of water-based vegetables, so the sauce will also thin out once incorporated).
Add the sauce to the zoodle bowl and toss to coat all the vegetables. Top with peanuts or fresh cilantro if you desire, then use the remaining half of your lime to add a little zesty juice here and there as you eat. Best enjoyed immediately after tossing!
- Try adding in leftover vegetables. Maybe you have stir-fried vegetables from the night before, corn in the freezer, or marinated tofu. Go ahead; toss them in!
- Adjust spice, sweetness, and sodium to your necessary diet plans. Opt for unsalted peanuts and low-sodium soy sauce if you are sodium-sensitive or restrictive.
- Make this Thai-inspired dish with your favorite pasta sauce, raw tomatoes with basil, or avocado dip. Zoodles are simply a conduit for your favorite flavors and cuisines.
- Try with a side of kimchi for extra raw, bitter, probiotic goodness.