I’ve been wanting to buy a zucchini noodle maker, for like, ever, y’all. Problem is, I’m cheap — a trait inherited from my mother and heartily encouraged by my Moroccan husband, who just about has a heart attack every time we eat out and the bill arrives. Heretofore, I have made zucchini noodles using my box grater, but when I started searching for AIP recipes, I immediately knew I was going to cave. So many fun recipes with different noodly veggies!
The little one has recently become enamored with “regular” spaghetti noodles, which I had managed to avoid giving her until about a month ago. Up until recently, my kid was just like Mikey — she’d eat anything! But more recently she has begun rejecting things, even previous favorites like zucchini and carrots. Hence, the introduction of spaghetti noodles.
The last time we ate zucchini, however, I grated them into noodles and she didn’t seem to notice the difference. Gobbled them down. When I got my noodle maker, the first thing I tried was carrot, hoping she’d like it if it was presented as a noodle. FAIL. To begin with, I immediately regretted buying the cheap noodle maker! It did NOT work very well on carrots. I got just a few good noodly pieces and a bunch of broken chunky pieces to spare. Then I cooked the noodles with just a little salt and presented them to Little Miss. She dug in but figured out something was amiss the moment she got one into her mouth. OHHHH I wish I would have gotten a picture. The face! The disdain!
Thankfully the noodle maker was more successful at producing noodles with zucchini. A few days ago I was groovin’ on this paleo alfredo recipe at Meatified — can you believe cauliflower will make a “creamy” sauce? I didn’t have everything needed for the recipe so I modified it thusly: First, she used white sweet potato for her noodles, and I used zucchini. Second, as I mentioned before the hubby doesn’t eat pork, so I substituted turkey bacon for the pancetta.
Overall it is a keeper, but I made some mistakes I’ll have to correct next time. My sauce to zucchini ratio was too high, which made it a little gloopy for my taste. In addition, I might keep the noodles raw next time rather than adding them to the pan. They release some additional moisture during cooking, which I think contributed to the gloop. However, the flavors were good and the hubby liked it. Texture issues are easily fixed!