There’s no excuse in this warm weather; It’s time to get out the vegetable spiralizer.
You can use any firm veg to make zoodles. In most cases, they can be eaten raw as a base for any salad, steamed or very lightly sautéd in place of pasta, gosh if you’re not so worried about the health benefits you could deep fry some vegetable varieties. As long as you don’t opt for the deep fried method, they’re low in calorie, low in fat, they give you one or more of your daily vegetable portions. So what are you waiting for? My grandson loves apple spaghetti.
There are many of these on the market these days from handheld to larger benchtop units, whatever type you have it’s time to get it out of the cupboard.
Here’s a great salad, side or even healthy lunch.
- 1 large broccoli head with stem (buy one with a long stem) or 2 small
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon toasted almond flakes
- 1 garlic clove, very thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon grated Pecorino Romano cheese or Parmesan
- Slice off the head of the broccoli, leaving as much stem as possible. Cut the head into small bite size flowerets, and set aside. (The florets should be small, and of similar size, so they cook fast and evenly.)
- Trim up the broccoli stem so that it’s even for the Spiralizer. Spiralize using the spaghetti blade.
- Place a large frypan over medium heat and toast the almond flakes while it’s heating up. Be careful not to burn them, so toss occasionally. When done, set aside. (Take them out of the pan just in case they continue browning.)
- With the pan still hot add the oil. When the oil has heated up add in the garlic and broccoli florets, stem noodles, red pepper flakes and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 3-5 minutes, shaking the pan frequently until the broccoli is tender.
- Add lemon juice and cook for 3-5 more minutes (covered) or until the broccoli is to your liking. Transfer the broccoli to a serving bowl and top with the toasted almond flakes and grated cheese.