Most of us are used to hearing “Eat your vegetables!” Well, March 11th is National Eat Your Noodles Day, so we are combining the two to make it “Eat your veggie noodles day.” We all love a big bowl of noodles, but sometimes it’s nice to lighten things up. When we make noodles out of vegetables, we can eat a big bowl-ful and feel good afterward. Making spiralized noodles out of vegetables is hot and it’s easy to see why. We get to eat delicious noodle dishes without all the carbs and calories.
You can use a spiralizer to make long noodles out of carrots, zucchini, eggplant, kohlrabi, or almost any long veggie. If you don’t have a spiralizer, don’t worry! You can make veggie noodles with a vegetable peeler. Use a julienne peeler to make thin noodles similar to those made by spiralizers, or use a regular veggie peeler to make wide ribbon noodles.
Once you’re completely schooled in the art of veggie noodles, you’ll need recipes. Try these 15 Spiralized Veggie Noodle Dishes and then enjoy looking through these 10 new fresh veggie noodle dishes that are perfect for spring.
1. Spicy Golden Beet Noodles
This Golden Beet Noodle Salad is filled to the brim with fresh and vibrant vegetables. The beet and daikon noodles are crisp and tossed with mushrooms, peas, cherry tomatoes, and Romesco. The garlic-ginger dressing adds a layer of spicy flavor. This salad comes together with very little effort, but it doesn’t suffer in terms of flavor, due to the uniqueness of each ingredient.
2. Japchae: Korean Sweet Potato Noodles
Japchae is a Korean dish made up of stir-fried sweet potato noodles in soy sauce and sesame oil. In this Japchae recipe, sweet potato noodles are cooked with zucchini, carrots, other vegetables, and mushrooms in a splash of soy or tamari for umami flavor. This is a quick dish and the vegetables are easily rotated based on what you have available in your refrigerator.
3. Sweet and Sour Cucumber Carrot Noodles
This bowl of vibrant Sweet and Sour Cucumber Carrot Noodles looks gorgeous and tastes even better. The noodle base is filling, with great crunch and texture, and the chickpeas add a meaty texture. A drizzle of homemade sweet and sour dressing adds yet another layer of flavor. This refreshing dish is perfect for the transition from cool weather to warmer days.
4. Heirloom Carrot Pasta with a Sunflower Cheese Sauce
This Heirloom Carrot Pasta with Sunflower Cheese is perfect for spring. Colorful spiralized heirloom carrots create a veggie pasta that has more crunch than your standard zoodle — and the colors are so pretty! Topped with a sunflower seed cheese sauce, this unique pasta dish is ideal for those who crave a cheesy pasta dish with no gluten and no nuts!
5. Super Food Pad Thai
Almost entirely raw, this fresh peanut and hemp seed Super Food Pad Thai is quick to prepare and fabulously satisfies that exotic Thai food craving. Feed your body a golden offering that’s packed with superfoods! Hydrating cucumbers help flush out your kidneys and reduce inflammation, while the probiotic sauerkraut aids digestion and keeps the immune system strong. Your body will worship this homemade Thai food delight!
6. Miso Zoodle Soup with Fava Beans and Greens
Nothing is quite as comforting as a hot bowl of noodle soup, but this Miso Zoodle Soup with Fava Beans and Greens are also light, refreshing, and revitalizing. Spiralized zucchini noodles stand in for traditional wheat or rice noodles and it has a little zing from a sprinkling of chili flakes, making this a perfect dish to eat on a day where you need a healthy and nourishing pick-me-up.
7. Buffalo Cauliflower with Sweet Potato Noodles
Spice things up with this Buffalo Cauliflower with Sweet Potato Noodles. The buffalo pasta sauce is so delicious, it’s otherworldly! As the cauliflower softens in the oven, it soaks up the spicy flavors in the sauce. Then, the cauliflower sits on a bed of sweet potato noodles with more decadent sauce. Yum!
8. Thai Green Vegetable Curry with Zoodles
This Thai Green Vegetable Curry with Zoodles is a bit of a lighter take on Thai green curry. Spiralized zucchini noodles stand in where steamed rice or rice noodles would usually be. It’s fresh and flavorful with a homemade Thai green curry paste. With so many different exciting textures, this is a dish you’ll crave again and again.
9. Zoodles with Avocado, Peaches and White Beans
This dish of Zoodles with Avocado, Peaches and White Beans is unique with a few simple ingredients you might not have thought to put together. There are “zoodles” or spiralized zucchini “noodles,” avocado, peaches, and white beans. The peaches add just the right amount of sweetness to the dish. The flavors all complement each other for a light and delicious meal.
10. The Best No-Noodle Pad Thai
You’re going to want to make this No-Noodle Pad Thai with spiralized golden beets and carrots over and over again. Change up the flavors every time, so it’s always a little different. You can eat it raw vegan style and make it in about 15 minutes like a salad, or you can blanch the noodles and sauté them in a pan for a hot dish. Either way, you are getting lots of nutrition without that heavy feeling you get from a traditional pad Thai. You’re really going to love this dish.
Why settle for only eating two ounces of noodles when you can eat a whole big, satisfying bowl of veggie noodles? Besides being lighter, they add brilliant color and texture for the most amazing spring dishes.
Lead image source: Golden Beet Noodle Salad