Over the past few years, spiralized veggie noodles had become all the rage! They are lower in carbs than traditional pasta and are naturally gluten-free! PLUS, it is a simple way to get another serving of nutrient-dense plants into your diet.
The most common veggie noodles are spaghetti squash, zucchini, and sweet potatoes. Spaghetti squash noodles are created by cooking the squash and raking out the flesh. For zucchini and sweet potatoes a spiralizer is used to create long strands. Of course, making your own noodles right before cooking or a couple days ahead is best for flavor and nutritional value, but you can also find pre-cut veggie noodles at most local grocery stores in the produce section. If you are using frozen, it is best to thaw and drain to remove excess moisture before adding to your dish.
If you are looking for some spiralized inspiration, here is a twist on the Italian classic Puttanesca. It has all the bold flavor without the high amount of carbs. You can add some cooked beans, meatballs, chicken, or even shrimp if you are looking to amp up the protein levels. Serve with a green vegetable side and you have a simple, delicious, and nutritious meal perfect for any day of the week!