Clearly, I’m still having a great time playing with the Spiralizer I got for Christmas. If you don’t yet have one, you can still make this recipe, but you’ll have to find another way to make the noodles(ribbons/cutting). It’ll probably be a LOT more time consuming(and the noodles will not have that perfect noodle roundness) that way, so I recommend getting a Spiralizer if you enjoy these sorts of recipes.
I’ve found that any noodle based recipe, any type of cuisine, work perfectly with the zucchini noodles – all for fewer calories, with the same flavour. The zucchini seems to take on the flavour of whatever sauce you put on it, so it isn’t overly veggie-like. They also have the same texture of a perfect al dente noodle – and the same dishes can be made in mere minutes. This is also a great way to sneak extra vegetables into your diet.
I’ve always loved cold Peanut Sesame Noodles, so I decided to try this take on it. It turned out great – so I’m sharing it with all of you. I miss absolutely nothing(except calories) by switching out the noodle base for zucchini, and you can even add chicken or chickpeas for a little extra protein. This is easily my favourite recipe I’ve made with the Spiralizer so far.
If you have trouble finding the PB2 listed in the recipe, you can switch it out for a tbsp of Peanut or Almond Butter. Just heat and thin it with water first. Don’t use too much water, however – the recipe has other liquid ingredients that may throw off the base, making it too watery. So I recommend the PB2 if you can find it.
This recipe makes a HUGE bowl of noodles; so you can make a meal of it, or split it in two to four portions as a side. You’re probably looking at approximately 300-350 calories total, for the entire recipe(as written).
It’s super easy, and takes less than 10 minutes, start to finish. Hope you enjoy it!
- 2 large zucchini(larger zucchini have less flavour, so these are ideal for zoodles)
- 2 tbsp PB2 (if no PB2 available, see text for alternate instructions)
- 1 tbsp water, to thin sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
- 1/8 tsp onion powder
- red pepper flakes, to taste
- Spiralizer, to make Zoodle Noodles
- Put all powdered ingredients into a bowl with rice vinegar, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Mix well.
- If sauce is not thin, add tbsp of water of water slowly, stirring, making sure that it becomes thin, but NOT watery.
- Cut ends off of your 2 zucchini, and Spiralize both into a large bowl.
- Add sauce to bowl, along with sesame seeds and desired amount of red pepper flakes(I only use a pinch or two).
- Toss thoroughly, being sure to coat all noodles well with sauce. You may use extra sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!