Full disclosure – zucchini spirals are really good, but they are not noodles. Some people are going to lie to you and say that zucchini noodles (or zoodles) taste exactly the same as their carb laden counterparts. And that is just a lie. That said – if you’re trying to get more veggies in your diet this is a perfect recipe to try because you wont miss the noodles as much as you think you will! Zucchini spirals give you that mouth feel you want with pad thai, and the spicy sauce makes the zucchini nearly unnoticeable. And that makes this a winner with kids as well as adults!
Zucchini Spiral Pad Thai is also fairly simple – so there is no reason not to try it!
How to Make Zucchini Spiral Pad Thai…
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- 2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
- 3 Tablespoons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- 2 1/2 teaspoon chili garlic sauce
- 2 medium, or 3 small zucchini
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 pound of sliced chicken breast
- 4 large cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 onion sliced thin
- 3 green onions, sliced diagonally
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups bean sprouts
- A handful of roasted peanuts
- 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Add all the ingredients and mix well. Set aside!
Put your zoodles into a saute pan with a tablespoon of olive oil, and saute over medium heat. Take off heat a full minute before you think they will be done. You dont want these noodles to be as soft as typical pad thai noodles. The zoodles will keep cooking once you take them off, so take them off the heat once they seem fully heated through, but still al dente. Drain the water they have given off. Set aside.
Add your sliced chicken and saute in a tablespoon of oil, after you have rinsed your pot. Once that is nearly cooked through add your garlic, onion, and green onions. Add two eggs, and mix vigorously to scramble. Add your drained bean sprouts.
Finish it Off:
Toss with your sauce. Then add a handful of crushed peanuts on top – and a squeeze of lime! Finish with cilantro on top. Enjoy!
A Few Spiral Zucchini Tips:
- The easiest way to make your zucchini spirals is to use a veggie Spiralizer! You an use other tools, but just be aware they wot be quite a twisty and noodle like.
- Avoid the urge to cook your “zoodles” too long. Take them off the heat a minute or two before they actually look done.
- If you want to minimize the excess water that the zucchini gives off, be sure to drain them well. And you can even lightly pat them with a paper towel.
- You could use other veggies besides zucchini to make “noodles” with! The sky is the limit. In fact Spaghetti Squash is aptly named, as it’s natural texture already looks noodle like. Nervous about cooking it though? Here is a great article on how to cook spaghetti squash!
Have you had zoodles yet? What’s your favorite zucchini spiral recipe – I’d love to hear!