There are few more satifying ways to play with food than twirling pasta around a fork. As much as we love noodles (oh, how we love them!), having the same beige meal over and over gets old. That's why we love using a spiral slicer to turn our favorite vegetables into colorful corkscrews. To find unique recipes for veggie noodles, we went to a spiralizing pro. This week's featured foodie, Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized, shares seven of her favorites.
This zucchini noodle bowl is loaded with spicy umami flavors and packed with protein. The calcium- and fiber-rich bok choy in this dish is our new favorite leafy green—sorry, kale!
These easy summer rolls are colorful and packed with nutrients, and the spicy-sweet tahini dipping sauce makes for the tastiest bite. The best part? They're totally customizable! Get creative and add extras, like spiralized beets and bell peppers; if you eat meat, add shrimp or shredded chicken.
This refreshing vegan recipe is packed with heart-healthy veggies and topped with a garlicky vinaigrette you'll want to pour on everything. With a boost of protein from the soy sauce-marinaded baked tofu, this is a filling dinner for vegetarians and Meatless Monday-observers alike.
Bibimbap is a Korean dish that literally means “mixed rice.” Try this spiralized spin on the classic: Replace traditional white rice with protein-heavy quinoa and serve with zucchini and carrot noodles.
This no-cook recipe makes a simple dinner if you're feeling too lazy to turn on the stove. Toss raw zucchini noodles with a fresh basil dressing, and serve with sliced tomatoes, peas, and avocado. Try throwing the noodles over a bed on spinach for extra nutrients. Bonus: It saves well, so keep it in the fridge or freeze it for future use.
While vegetable noodles are a nutrient-rich pasta alternative, they jazz up any dish with their color and texture. Case in point: These spiralized butternut squash and black bean tacos. Vegetarian friendly and just the right level of spicy, these lettuce wraps are a stellar dinner party meal.
This lemon-tahini dressing is creamy and smooth, which pairs delightfully with spiralized cucumbers. Add a few fat shrimp for protein, then finish this Mediterranean-inspired salad with Kalamata olives, diced tomatoes, fresh herbs.
Ali currently resides in New Jersey. To learn more about her, check out her blog, and follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Her latest book, Inspiralize Everything, is available August 16.