I love kitchen tips that save me time in the kitchen and help me eat healthier. Just recently, I’ve learned how to store spiralized veggies for the week. I’m using spiralized zucchini for today’s example but the method is the same for nearly all spiralized veggies.
Spiralizing ahead of time and storing it properly so it’s conveniently ready for me in the refrigerator when I need it has been a game changer for me.
In the last couple of months, I’ve partnered with Wolf to bring you delicious recipes and kitchen tips that hopefully inspire you to make more homemade meals your family will love.
Today, I thought I would share this kitchen tip with you, since one of the things I’ve learned through the hundreds of comments you’ve left in the Reclaim the Kitchen campaign posts is that you, too, want to make healthier changes in your eating habits but don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
Furthermore, not only do you want to eat healthier, but you also want to know how exactly one pulls it off when you are tied up at work or after school activities until shortly before dinner.
Finally, you also wanted tips on how to make veggies more appealing to kids. So overall, I believe you are going to love this post because it encompasses all the above.
The recipes I’ve shared with you in the Reclaim the Kitchen series are easy to make, healthy, and quick to prepare. If you are not familiar with spiralizing, that’s ok! I’ve recently discovered how easy it can be to turn veggies into noodles! I also feel spiralizing is a great way to introduce more vegetables and make food more fun! Check out this quick video to see how the process is done.
Our favorite veggie to spiralize is zucchini; mostly because it’s available year round and when peeled, it yields a coil that looks like white “spaghetti”. You can also spiralize sweet potatoes, rhubarb, large carrots, parsnip, turnip, rutabaga, beets, broccoli stems, jicama… and much more.
My three year-old loves to spiralize. I’m not sure if it’s the fun of turning the veggie into spaghetti noodles but he never walks away from the spiralizer until everything has been made into thin spaghetti-like noodles.
As you can see, spiralizing can be a great way to get our kids to be more involved with the foods they are going to eat!
How to store zucchini noodles
So, how does one save time with these veggie noodles? For starters, you can spiralize once and store the veggie noodles in a paper towel lined glass container or sealable plastic bag for 4-5 days! The paper towel absorbs excess moisture and the airtight container holds your veggie noodles for the next meal!
Can You Freeze Zoodles?
One question I get all the time is can you freeze zucchini noodles (aka zoodles)? The answer is, yes and no. Since zucchini is naturally high in water Zoodles tend to be a bit watery when you thaw them out.
You can definitely freeze sweet potato zoodles, squash zoodles, onion zoodles…. and more, but we prefer to stick with the fridge method listed above when it comes to zucchini noodles.
How to cook spiralized zucchini noodles
Cooking them is easy. Spiralized noodles can be sautéed lightly with a little oil and be on a plate in a snap! This means, that from fridge to plate a meal can be done in five minutes or less. I think this is the ultimate healthy fast food!
After you make your spiralized noodles, make sure you try one of my Spiralized Zucchini recipes. Or check out my kids’ favorite way to eat spiralized zucchini – topped with my homemade Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce. However, you can use spiralized veggies in any recipe in which you’d normally use pasta.
Have you tried spiralizing? If you have, share your favorite veggie to spiralize or your favorite way to eat spiralized veggies.