A typical Pad Thai with tofu contains 940 calories, which is far too many calories. My Zoodle Pad Thai has approximately 260 calories. Although I don’t count calories, I am not eating 940 calories when I can eat 260 instead, without losing flavor or taste.
Zoodles are my new favorite go to staple! Since reading Eat to Live, and taking another step toward good health, I deleted pasta from my menu and added Zoodles. I can honestly say, with my new love of Zoodles, I don’t miss pasta at all.
In fact, I love Zoodles more now that I cook with them often. Although my family adores pasta, everyone in our family has raved about the Zoodle dishes I created. In fact, my son called recently to find out when I was making Zoodle Pad Thai again.
“Zoodles” are zucchini noodles, or spaghetti-like strands made from spiralized, raw zucchini. Low in calories and carbohydrates, zoodles contain no flour or wheat, making them gluten-free. Although Zoodles take minutes to prepare, cooking them properly demands particular attention. Many people make the mistake of cooking their Zoodles too long, creating soggy noodles. Because zucchini contains so much water, the amount of time you cook them, as well as how much sauce you use, is detrimental. Too much sauce creates a soupy, undesirable consistency.
Although many people suggest not cooking the noodles at all, I prefer to cook them to maintain heat throughout the dish I am preparing. It literally takes 3 minutes to cook the Zoodles, in a Wok. A high heat Wok cooks the Zoodles perfectly without making them soggy.
A small amount of sauce goes a long way because of the zucchini contains so much water. Less is more, which is quite beneficial in terms of calories and taste. Although most of the water evaporates from the other vegetables, when you add the Zoodles and sauce last, everything comes together.
I add a few peanuts, a wedge of lime, and some cilantro to bring it all together. Try it, you may LOVE it!