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Simple gluten-free zucchini noodle recipe that will amaze kids

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Zucchini noodle recipe

When you are cooking for kids, it may be tempting to try complicated recipes that take hours to achieve a specific taste. However, this simple and fast gluten-free zucchini noodle recipe is easier to make and can still surprise your kids.


Whether you are making dinner or simply trying to cook ahead, creating a delicious gluten-free (GF) menu at home can be difficult. However, there is no need to make everything complicated and spend ten hours in the kitchen. Consider making GF zucchini noodles as a meal. They are gluten-free, delicious, and they will amaze your kids.

Why eating more vegetables is important

Several studies have shown that increasing the vegetable intake can be challenging for both adults and children. From complaints about cost to fights about taste, it is not easy to convince kids to eat more broccoli, zucchini or cauliflower. When you are on the gluten-free diet, it can be even more difficult to find GF vegetable recipes they will like.

However, one study found that mixed dishes with vegetables can work. Another study showed that hiding vegetables is also a smart way to get kids to eat them. This gluten-free zucchini noodle recipe hides vegetables in plain sight by making them look like normal pasta, so kids are less likely to complain.

Gluten-free zucchini noodle recipe

The gluten-free zucchini noodle recipe uses fresh vegetables. Making pasta from vegetables is a safe gluten-free alternative for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Although you could make homemade pasta with GF flour such as brown rice or tapioca, this recipe offers a way to get your kids to eat more vegetables without complaining. GF pasta can be a challenge for some cooks, but this version is not complicated.

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Ingredients for gluten-free zucchini noodles

5 fresh zucchinis
2 teaspoons of salt
2 small cloves of garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon of black pepper
1/2 cup of gluten-free Parmesan cheese or another variety
Olive oil

Instructions for gluten-free zucchini noodles

1. Wash and dry the zucchinis.
2. Cut the zucchinis into thin strips with a knife. If you have a spiralizer or other tool, use it instead to make thin noodles out of the vegetables.
3. Add olive oil to a pan.
4. Add the zucchini to the pan with garlic, onion, salt and pepper. Stir and heat.
5. Allow the zucchini to become tender but do not overheat.
6. Remove from heat.
7. Cover the zucchini with Parmesan cheese. Add additional salt and pepper if necessary.

Gluten-free zucchini noodle recipe tips

It is important not to overcook the zucchini noodles because they can get soggy and limp. You want them to be crispy. Keep in mind that the thickness of the noodles will affect cooking time. Thicker noodles will need more time on the stove.

You can add other herbs and spices to the gluten-free zucchini noodles. For example, rosemary, thyme, oregano or basil can add additional flavor. You may also want to try adding a different type of cheese on top of the noodles.