Growing a Vegetable-Noodle Garden for Delicious Meals

| 1/8/2018 9:54:00 AM

Tags: raised bed gardening, garden to table, square foot gardening, Bryan Traficante,

Carrot Vegetable-Noodles 

Generally, healthy substitutes in recipes fall short of their traditional counterparts. Gluten-free, dairy-free, and 100% vegetable alternatives offer low-calorie/low-carb benefits, but are often preferred by those interested in health over all else. Finding a vegetable substitute that is as good or better than common flour and meat components could be said to be impossible, however a competitor to part from this line of thinking has emerged and has been growing in popularity – the vegetable noodle!

By using a spiralizer, peeler, or slicer with the appropriate vegetables, kitchen mavens have started making noodle substitutes that rival their flour forerunners. Vegetable-noodles (also known as “zoodles” due to the zucchini’s excellent adaptive abilities for this) are:

Low Calorie
Easily Varied in Texture and Style
Dish Versatile
Just as Easy/Easier than Making Traditional Noodles

Making linguine takes a practiced hand, but vegetables can be quickly reduced to noodle-form with simple tools or the right baking method. As said above, spiralizers, peelers, and slicers can rapidly turn your vegetables into a variety of sizes and thickness depending upon your needs. Some vegetables are not the right consistency/structure - such as peppers. Some vegetables, like the spaghetti squash, are too big to spiralize. However, some time in the oven will turn their inside into ‘spaghetti’, as their name suggests.

All of which brings to question, which vegetables have the best noodle-potential? As we’re all reading this on Mother Earth News, and gardening is a large part of this community, know that these vegetables are all easily grown in a raised garden kit and we’ll provide plant spacing info for you as well using the square foot gardening plant spacing method.
1/29/2018 3:00:46 PM

Can't wait to try this! Thanks so much!

1/10/2018 7:31:03 AM

My wife and I have been eating spaghetti squash now for several months, and love it. We serve it with an Alfredo sauce, a tomato sauce, or with meatballs and sauce, and, seriously, unless we knew it was a vegetable, it would be difficult to know the difference. And the taste is delicious. Enjoy!

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