I have been seeing a lot of recipes for veggie noodles recently. I love noodles and so getting extra veggies in noodle form makes me pretty excited! A lot of the recipes use a gadget called a spiralizer that is essentially a fancy vegetable peeler. I don’t have one of them, however I do have a mandolin that creates a fine julienne which works great! If you have one collecting dust somewhere in the back of your kitchen, dig it out and try this recipe!
Thai Zucchini Noodles with Peanut Satay
For the Noodles:
- 3-4 medium zucchinis
- a mandolin, spiralizer or julienne peeler
- Wash the zucchinis and trim off the tops and tails.
- if you are using a mandolin hold the zucchini long ways to ensure you get nice long noodles
- Steam the noodles in a veggie steamer or a quick dip into boiling water. Don’t overcoook or they will turn to mush!
For the Satay Sauce (from Jamie Olivers 30 minute meals):
- 1/2 bunch fresh corriander
- 1 fresh red chilie
- 1/2 clove garlic
- 3 heaped Tbsp. natural crunchy peanut butter
- soy sauce
- 2cm piece of fresh ginger
- 2 limes
- Place the corriander (stalks and all) into a food processor with the chilie (stallk and seeds removed), peeled garlic, peanut butter and a lug of soy sauce. Peel and roughly chop the ginger and add. Finely grate the zest of both limes, and squeeze in the juice from one of them. Add a couple splashes of water and whiz to a spoonable paste. Season to taste.
- 1 block extra firm tofu
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- salt to taste
- wrap up the tofu in a clean kitchen towel and press down firmly to remove any excess liquid. Slice into thin pieces.
- Heat the olive oil in the pan and add the sesame oil just before you add the tofu.
- Lay the tofu in the pan in a single layer and crisp until golden on each side.
- Remove from the pan and sprinkle with salt while the tofu is still hot.
Other great ways to use zucchini noodles. Sneak them on top of your regular spagetti. You can put them on raw, they blend right in and up your veggie intake!
I have also been looking up zucchini noodles as a replacement for pasta in lasagne. I haven’t tried it yet but its a great idea! Lasagne anyone?