Miso Zucchini Noodles

August 3, 2017

Happy August!

 

One of my favorite things in the whole wide world is noodles. I absolutely LOVE noodles, but noodles don't always love me back. And what I mean by that is that after eating too many noodles, I often feel bloated, heavy, and not too happy with myself. So while I will always find noodles, especially thick Northern Chinese noodles, to be a delicious treat, there are healthier substitutes that I eat on a regular occasion that are just as yummy. 

 

Today I am bringing to you zucchini noodles that have been cooked in a miso sauce. They are perfect as a nest for your protein, whatever that may be. I personally love the pairing them with white fish, but the beauty of zucchini noodles is that they can go in any recipe and be paired with any dish.

 

 

The trick to making zucchini noodles is having a spiralizer. There are many good options on Amazon that are reliable and cheap, and having this tool in your kitchen creates a multitude of new opportunities to expand your culinary repertoire. I highly suggest getting one if you don't have one. However, it is possible to get a noodley texture with some flashy knife skills, just be careful!

 

 

I love how long zucchini noodles get. One of my favorite memories is travelling to China and dipping into a hole-in-the-wall restaurant with Mama Gowdy and one of my closest friends at the time. We ordered food that originated from Western China, such as a whole lamb leg on a stick (rawr!), and a noodle dish with noodles longer than the distance between the floor and the ceiling. Trust me, we measured! I can't deny, I love some wild noodles.

 

 

Zucchini noodles, I have found, are often served raw with ingredients such as bell peppers and carrots. Of course, that's absolutely delicious, but cooked zucchini noodles have a much softer texture and really incorporate the sauces they're served in, which is why I set out to explore cooked zucchini recipes.

 

 

I cooked these noodles with shavings of daikon radish, a popular root vegetable in Chinese cooking. I grew up eating daikon radish in soups, my favorite of which being oxtail soup. And now, they even have daikon at Safeway! My, how times have changed! 

 

Lastly, I topped this dish with baby arugula sprouts, because I'm just so cool. *snickers*

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Miso Zucchini Noodles

 

 

 

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      Prep Time                             Cook Time                          Total Time

        20 min                                   10 min                                  30 min

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Creator(s): Caitlin Gowdy

 

Recipe Type: Side Dish

Serves: 3

 

 

Ingredients

 

NOODLES

  • 2 large zucchini, spiralized

  • 1 1/2 cups daikon radish, shaved

  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated

 

SAUCE

  • 2 tbsp miso paste

  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

  • 1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp rice vinegar, unseasoned

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

 

Directions

 

  1. Add the sesame oil, garlic, and ginger to a small pan. Cook for about 1 minute, or until the garlic and ginger are softened. Add in the daikon shavings and cook for 3-5 minutes, depending on the desired softness. 

  2. Add the zucchini noodles into the pan and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Whisk the sauce together and pour it into the pan. 

  3. Stir fry everything for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

     

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Notes

 

* The miso sauce will be thick before it's added into the pan. Make sure to scrape out as much as possible from the bowl with a spoon. Once the vegetables have cooked sufficiently, they will release water that will mix with the miso sauce and thin it out.

* Nutrition info is based on 1/3 of the recipe, with all sauce elements

 

 

 

Nutrition

 

  • Serving size: 1/3 of recipe 

  • Calories: 109

  • Fat: 5.1 g

  • Saturated fat: 0.8 g 

  • Carbohydrates: 14.9 g 

  • Sugar: 5.9 g

  • Sodium: 414.0 mg     

  • Fiber: 4.5 g

  • Protein: 2.2 g

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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