Spiralized zucchini and sliced zucchini in bowls. Spiralized zucchini and sliced zucchini in bowls. Sliced in a mandolin or run through a spiralizer, zoodles are always a great way to eat your veggies. (Photo: Oleksandra Naumenko/Shutterstock)

6 fantastic zoodle recipes

Enjoy the wordplay and save the calories with these clever ways to cook zucchini noodles.

Don't you all love a good portmanteau? You know, the kind where you sip a ginormous frappuccino during your staycation while watching infomercials with your labradoodle?

If that was a bit befuddling, let us explain. A portmanteau is a word that combines the sounds and meanings of two other words. Aside from the sillier examples above, plenty of commonly used words are portmanteaus: motel, cheeseburger, telemarketing, brunch, vitamin ... zoodles?

Yes. Zoodles. That's what happens when someone gets bored eating plain old zucchini and decides to run it through a mandolin slicer. Hey, this is starting to look like ... noodles! Zucchini + noodles = zoodles. See how fun this is?

So today, we honor the portmanteau with our own listicle (yep, that's another one) of our six favorite zoodle recipes that are sure to elevate your zest for zukes. (We also like alliterations.)

Pesto walnut zoodles

Bowl of pesto walnut zoodles for pasta lovers who are going low carbZucchini noodles, aka zoodles, are an increasingly popular pasta alternative. (Photo: AS Food Studio/Shutterstock)

This is the zoodle recipe you want if you've got a simple mandolin slicer and aren't interested in (or don't have the counter space for) an upgrade to a spiralizer or similar appliance. Just like cauliflower makes a great stand-in for rice, zucchini strands closely resemble spaghetti, and you can dress them up as such.

Get our Israeli Kitchen how-to here.


Zoodle lo mein

zucchini and carrot lo mein stir fryZucchini and carrots run through a spiralizer produce a delicious Asian stir-fry dish. (Photo: Meal Makeover Moms/Flickr)

Next time you've got a yen for Chinese takeout, consider zoodling instead. I mean, look at the results! Can you even tell they're not real noodles? Not only is this lo mein packed with flavor and Asian spice, it's also a great way to present vegetables to kids.

Get the recipe from Meal Makeover Moms here.


Zoodle caprese salad

zoodle caprese salad is a fresh and fun take on the Mediterranean classicZoodles yield a fun take on caprese salad. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

It's an Italian classic, and no matter how you slice it, caprese salad almost always looks gorgeous. Add zoodles to the mix, and this creation from Jerry James Stone becomes a celebration of fresh vegetables and brilliant color.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.


Chicken zoodle soup

Chicken zoodle soup give an extra boost of nutrients to grandma's recipeGet an extra boost of nutrients in your chicken soup with zoodles instead of regular noodles. (Photo: bd.weld/allrecipes)

Are you sensing a pattern here? Yes, everything that calls for noodles can just be replaced with zoodles. This cold-busting concoction from All Recipes proves this beautifully. You can do it, too; it's legal! (For now.)

Get the recipe here.


Zoodle shrimp scampi

zucchini noodle shrimp scampi dish by Delish blog.Sub out spaghetti for zucchini in your shrimp scampi. (Photo: Judy Kim/Delish)

Shrimp and veggies are a match made in culinary heaven, so it's not surprising that this zoodle version of shrimp scampi from Delish works so well. The lemon really pulls it all together, too.

Get the recipe from Delish here.


Grape tomato zoodles

zoodles with cherry tomatoesTurns out zucchini resembles pasta when run through a spiralizer. (Photo: Jerry James Stone)

The spaghetti and meatballs of your youth are calling, but you're not answering; at least until you get back to your pre-cruise weight. Alas, here's a delicious way to keep your diet from spiraling out of control: spiralized zoodles and fresh tomatoes.

Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe here.

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