I’ve discovered a new trend in veggies—zoodles! Never heard of them? Zoodles are zucchini noodles and they are made with a nifty gadget called a spiralizer. Spiralizers, such as the Veggetti (as seen on TV and which is what I have) can be a simple little tool that costs as little as $10 or $15, or be a little more complicated, counter-top, crank-handled contraption that sells for up to $50 or more. And spiralizers aren’t just for zucchini. Oh, no! Besides zoodles, you can make spoodles (sweet potato noodles), or simply oodles of noodles from carrots, squash, white potatoes, apples, cucumbers and a dozen other firm vegetables and fruits. And you’ll have to admit—whether you’re twisting or cranking, making long, twisty, curly strands of veggies is just plain fun and easy!
Now, how do you use your zoodles? You’ll find recipes for all kinds of zoodle dishes, from zoodle spaghetti and meatballs to chicken zoodle soup, zoodle ramen, shrimp scampi with zoodles, spoodle curly fries, spiralized cucumber salad, zoodle stir-fry, apple zoodle crisp—well, all manner of salads, soups, main dishes, pasta salads, slaws, appetizers, sides, appetizers, desserts, garnishes… Zoodles can be boiled, roasted, baked, sautéed or eaten raw. Dare I say—be creative and use your noodle to use your zoodles!
I have a new-found passion for veggies these days. I have been trying to eat healthier and for the last nine months have cut nearly all pasta, potatoes, rice and bread from my diet. The result has been super-good control of my diabetes for the first time in 22 years of having this disease, and a slow but steady weight loss. After months of this lifestyle change in the way I ate, though, things were starting to become a little—no, a lot—boring. I did not want to get discouraged and give up, so I started looking for new ways to add some pizzazz to my diet.
The first thing I found was cauliflower crust pizza (a little labor intensive in “ricing” the cauliflower, but surprisingly tasty, and satisfied my craving for pizza) and other cauliflower recipes (faux potato salad, mashed potates, popcorn…) Then I found zoodles, and suddenly veggies like cauliflower, zucchini, and squash were my new best friends! I am enjoying cooking again—finding new and really different recipes and coming up with my own creations. And of course, I am especially enjoying the new variety in my diet instead of the same ol’, same ol’ menu day after day, week after week. I feel happy, too, that I am eating good, healthy, guilt-free meals—the way God intends us to eat.
I am not one to jump on the health kick wagon and start preaching to everyone else about how they should eat or live now that I have found this one little change that has made a difference to me. Goodness knows I have struggled with this my entire life and usually not succeeded in the battle. But I am convicted that God does want us to eat healthy and ashamed that I have failed miserably in that so often. I would like to share just a few of the verses from Scripture that speak to caring for our bodies and eating the way we ought. And let me say, the only one I am pointing a finger at is myself! Let’s read them together and let the Holy Spirit convict where He may:
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. (Proverbs 23:2) For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty… (Proverbs 23:21) This is God’s warning to us about gluttony, and as hard as it is to admit, sometimes we are just gluttons! I hate that label. It brings shame (Proverbs 28:7), it signifies a lack of self-control, and it leads to the poverty of ill health, low self-esteem and yes, even wasteful spending. I don’t want to be known as a glutton; I don’t want to be a glutton! The next time I am at a potluck or party I hope I will remember that before Ioading my plate to overflowing!
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (Galatians 5:22, 23) I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16) Having self-control is part of the fruit of the Spirit. When we are filled with the Holy Spirit we will exercise that self-control and not give in to the lust of the flesh—the desire to over-indulge in that which is not good for us.
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) The Bible tells me that as a believer, my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. I am bought with the blood of Jesus Christ, and His Spirit indwells me. He wants our temple to be healthy and beautiful for Him—bringing glory to God. I do not have the right to defile my body—it is His.
But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I have preached to others I myself should become disqualified. (I Corinthians 9:27) We are a testimony to others, as well. Like it or not, how we appear to others influences them as to whether or not they will want to hear or respect our testimony. I do not want my lack of self control to be a stumbling block to others.
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) This is our whole purpose in life—to bring glory to our Creator! May we as His new creation, be beautiful, most certainly on the inside, but to the best of our abilities, on the outside, as well.
And I can’t leave you this week without sharing my favorite simple, quick and easy zoodle recipe (so far!):
Almond Zoodles Parmigiano
shredded parmesan cheese
sliced or slivered almonds
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Make spiralized zucchini noodles and spread out on baking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic salt, pepper, parmesan cheese and sliced almonds. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
To turn this into a main dish—Simply add shredded leftover chicken to zoodles, then season and add cheese and almonds, and bake. Makes a beautiful light lunch!