These fantastic alternative to noodles/spaghetti squash was introduce to me by urbanpaleochef and they sounded so good I wanted to try them. He recommended that you slice the courgettes (zucchini) depending on the thickness you want the noodles and then slice long ways before using a peeler to strip the zucchini into ‘noodles’. I think because this was my first attempt at doing them I found this process quite fiddly though in principle it worked.
Personally, what I did was take the bottom off the courgette but leave the head of the courgette on; this will form your ‘handle’. Then I simply peeled the courgette lengthways, rotating the courgette as I did it; this rotating technique allows you to get a fairly consistent size for the noodles. I personally found this technique fast and easy to do but I may need more practice at doing it the way urbanpaleochef recommended.
The slight downside to using my technique is that you are left with the courgette core; I just chopped this into discs to use for cooking (never waste good food).
In summary my personal technique for making zucchini noodles are:
1. Wash the zucchini.
2. Cut off the base but leave the head attached.
3. Holding onto the head with one hand use a peeler to strip the zucchini flesh into long noodles, rotating the zucchini after each strip to ensure nice even noodles and minimal waste.
4. Cut the core, and any left over flesh under the zucchini head, into discs and use in other recipes, as I did in my Coconut Prawns with Zucchini Noodles.
These can be used in a huge number of ways including as a salad, used as an alternative to noodles or fried up as a side dish to go with any other paleo meal. The beauty is that these are really fast to make using the technique described above, so if you want paleo noodles in a hurry, this is for you.
If anyone else has any other techniques or tips please let me know, but a big thank you to urbanpaleochef for telling me about Zucchini Noodles :).
Those are some great lookin’ noodles!!
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