A few years ago I discovered an awesome kitchen tool called a spiral slicer. I very rarely write a whole post about a single object, but I’ve used this one so much
This awesome tool lets me make “noodles” with vegetables, which is a great way to sneak in some extra nutrients and a fun way to mix up vegetables for the kids. Any round or semi-round vegetable can be made into “noodles” with this tool!
I use vegetables that are typically cooked to make noodles for hot/cooked dishes and vegetables that are served cold to make beautiful salads.
Mine came with three blades so I can make thin noodles, thicker noodles and long slices.
Some of our favorite vegetable noodles are:
- Zoodles – Zucchini noodles
- Poodles – Parsnip noodles
- Swoodles – Sweet Potato Noodles
- Toodles – Turnip noodles
- Coodles – Carrot Noodles
- Sqoodles – Squash noodles
- Boodles – Broccoli Stem noodles (peel stem first)
Some of my favorite ways to use vegetable noodles are:
- Make sweet potato curly fries with sweet potato noodles
- Make a broccoli salad with broccoli stem slices, raisins, homemade mayo, a dash of honey and some bacon
- Make parsnip lo mein with parsnip noodles
- Make zucchini noodles and use in place of regular pasta for spaghetti
- Use them in this Chicken Pad Thai
- Use carrot noodles on top of salad to brighten it up
- Roast root vegetable noodles (parsnip, turnip and sweet potato) with some curry seasoning for a hearty side
- Add sliced veggies to soups as “noodles”
- This also works great for fruits like apples or firm kiwi (the regular “slice” blade works better than the noodles one for kiwi)
Don’t Have A Spiralizer?
The spiralizer is definitely the easiest way to make vegetable noodles, but not the only way.
This stainless steel Julienne Peeler works the same way but creates straight noodles by hand instead. It is less expensive and takes up much less room so it is a great alternative for many people. I used this for years before getting a spiral slicer.
If you don’t even want to get a Julienne peeler, a regular vegetable peeler works great too, it just takes a little more time.
Ever made vegetable noodles? What is your favorite variety?