Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Zoodles: An Epic Fail!
'Zoodles' are all the rage these days in the food blogosphere. If you are not familiar, zoodles are an exceptionally noble concept intended to replace carb-rich pasta with straight up vegetable noodles made from zucchini. Again, great idea, but **dare I say it** an epic fail according to those who gather around my dinner table on a regular basis. And I am dismayed to admit that agree wholeheartedly.
In an effort to look like one of the 'cool kids' amongst other food bloggers, I jumped on the zoodle bandwagon by purchasing a spiralizer from my favorite online retailer (you know the one, starts with 'a' ends in 'mazon'). I opted for the simple version for a variety of reasons: it was reasonably priced, it was small so it could be tucked away in a drawer and not take up valuable cabinet space and it had great reviews. Win - win - win!
When the magical box arrived at my doorstep, I was pumped. We purchased both green and yellow zucchini at the farmer's market and were off to the zoodle races. Everyone in my house was excited to give it a try because they look so fun and are a great healthy meal option.
I enlisted assistance from my 5th grader who is generally very curious about how things work combined with a great liking to goof around the kitchen. After spiralizing a couple of zucchini, she gave up in frustration.
I had been preoccupied with making the 'sauce,' which was a wonderful blend of tomatoes cooked in olive oil and garlic with shelled edamame added to incorporate some protein.
I took over the zoodle making process. Not fun. The zucchini didn't twist well and the zoodles were reminiscent of veggie scraps intended for the compost pile, not the dinner plate. The blade popped off, so I had to use the other side (days later, I still haven't tried to fix it). I nicked the knuckles of both my index finger and my thumb on the spiralizer blade. The cut on my index finger required a bandage, which was another ordeal because the aforementioned 5th grader uses an excessive amount of bandages making it difficult to find one.
Back to the spiralizing. The device I purchased seemed to have a lot of waste. There were a couple of inches of zucchini that couldn't be spiralized unless you are willing to bloody your knuckles more than I had already done. After making enough zoodles, I blanched them for 2 minutes in boiling water to warm them, drained and plated with the tomato-edamame sauce topped with parmesan cheese and a squeeze of lemon juice.
My dish didn't look too bad, but...
Feedback was less than stellar. To say the general reaction was 'meh' would be complimentary. Too bland was the general consensus (even with garlic, salt and extra lemon juice). And 'noodles' made from zucchini just do not compare to glorious gluten containing pasta.
We may give the spiralizer another try, but it looks like it is something that will likely end up in the donation pile.
Let me know what you think about your spiralizer experience (or if you are planning to join the spiralizing fun and just haven't had the opportunity yet). I'm curious if I am the only one that has had a less than positive experience.