Kitchen Tips: Easy Noodle Night

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Making dinners from scratch each night can be daunting. Which is why I’m always trying to figure my way around it… without resorting to take-out.

My latest discovery?

spiralized sweet potato noodles in a ziploc bagFrozen sweet potato noodles!

Rather than scrubbing and spiralizing a sweet potato each time you want pasta, you can prepare a large batch all at once, then freeze the leftovers!

Why didn’t I start doing this years ago?

I recommend freezing the noodles into individual portions, so you can simply throw the entire portion into a hot pan, without trying to break apart a chunk of frozen noodles.

You can pair it with a few cubes of frozen curry sauce, for a complete frozen dinner that can thaw in the pan all at once!

curry sauce cubes in a ziploc bagSimply throw 4-5 cubes of sauce into a skillet over medium-high heat, along with the noodles and a splash of water (to prevent sticking), then cover with a lid for 3-5 minutes.

Once the noodles and sauce are warm, and tender enough to stir together, add in your favorite chopped veggies, and cook for another 5-8 minutes until everything is piping hot!

sweet potato noodles in a panIn less than 20 minutes, dinner is ready.

plate of curry noodles with mushroomsSeason with salt and pepper, if desired, and serve immediately! (I sauteed a batch of mushrooms on the side, while everything else was cooking… they’re Austin’s favorite!)

Now, if only I had a bigger freezer… I could be set for the month!

Reader Feedback: Do you prepare your meals ahead of time? Any other time-saving tips to share?

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sophie

Hi πŸ™‚

I wanted to ask you two questions:
1) What is the name of the spiralizer you use?
2) What is the length of the ‘noodles’ it produces? (or is it one that it varies and you don’t have to cut your vegetables to a certain length to spiral it?)

Thanks πŸ™‚

    Megan

    I use the Paderno Spiral Slicer. It’s the best one I’ve tried!

    As far as length of noodles, they can be as long as you want! It will keep spiralizing for the whole length of the vegetable… so you could wind up with some very long noodles! I actually spiralize the whole potato, then cut them down to size later, for shorter noodles that are easier to manage. You don’t have to cut the veggies to a certain length to spiralize it, though I do chop off the ends so that there is a flat surface to work with on each side.

      sophie

      You’re so helpful! Thank you!

      Cindy

      What did veggies did you add to the potatoes?

        Megan

        I usually add whatever happens to be in my fridge or freezer. I almost always have peppers and onions on hand, and sometimes I’ll add chopped asparagus, mushrooms, spinach, etc.

adina gonzalez

Hey Megan I been making your recipes and loving them, I can’t wait to make the pizza but time has been hard to come by even my meat eating hubby has loved them. this tips helps thanks
adina

    Megan

    So glad you’re enjoying the recipes, Adina! I hope you can find some prep time soon! πŸ™‚

Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

I haven’t bitten the bullet and bought a spiraler yet, but I really want to! πŸ™‚

    Megan

    I took a while to buy one, too– but now I’m so glad I did! I use it every single week. πŸ™‚

Tamara Lukie

wow, what a great idea. I love having easy~healthy~Fast options ready & this is a great idea.
I still have to get a spiralizer tho…. πŸ™ maybe I’ll go look on amazon again….

T

jeanne

This looks delicious! Do you cook the potato before spiralizing or do it raw?

PS: Last night I was pms and miscombined some food and way overate…a giant goat cheese salad followed by a full TJ chocolate bar (should have stopped there!) then I was still munchy for sugar and had a carton of soy yogurt with honey, a few hands of brazil nuts and half a box of dates. I am REALLY paying for it today, I feel absolutely awful and my stomach is killing me. Lesson learned, stick to proper combining! What’s your go-to when pms cravings hit?

    Megan

    You definitely want to spiralize the sweet potato raw, so it’s nice and sturdy. You can even eat it raw, if you like! (for a crunchy noodle)

    For PMS cravings, I usually enjoy sweet stuff all day long! I figure, if my body is asking for it, I should just go with it. Often times, I’ll have a green choco-cado smoothie for lunch (dessert in a glass!), and some decadent nut-butter treat with my dinner. I usually plan for more nuts during that time, because they satisfy my desire for something more decadent. Dark chocolate just doesn’t seem to cut it sometimes, but raw almond butter fudge does! And if you happen to overeat, it’s still properly combined. Also, it’s hard to over-do it too much, since it is filling!

    Hot drinks are always good for quelling the need to continually eat, too. When you know you’ve had enough, but can’t seem to stop grabbing for the sweets, I find a mug of warm peppermint tea, or even just a cup of plain hot water, will calm me down and help trigger my mental “off” switch. πŸ™‚

Sarah

Hi, This is so practical! I see that you “spiralize” the sweet potatoes while they are raw, but do you then freeze them raw or do you quick-cook/steam them first, then freeze? Thank you!

    Megan

    I freeze them raw! If you allow them to thaw before cooking, you’ll notice that they are naturally more tender after freezing– like they’ve been cooked a bit. You can also just throw them directly in the pan, and cover to thaw and cook quickly!

Tracy

I love this post- great tip on freezing the extras. Its funny, I was actually online this morning looking at Spiralizers! Lol. I am thinking I may treat myself to one πŸ™‚

Allyson

thank you for always making my life easier, I love it!

Ange@Hol:Fit

Amazing!!! I have sweet potato noodles at least once a week and this is a wicked tip!!

Lisa

Wow, this looks really good with that curry! Most of the time after work what I really want is a massive goat cheese salad…I crave the cheese on the car ride home! I feel a little bad for my bf though because he can’t cook and usually ends up eating a frozen T.Joe’s meal or a bowl of cereal…I will make this for us both some time soon, if I can get over my salad addiction for a night!

Jen Haley

This is a really great blog! Nice job.

Mili

Hi Megan,

I was researching the paderno spiral slicer but i found that many people are complaining about how cheap the material of this tool is. Many people say that the handle breaks after they used it once. Others say that they couldn’t even cut something because the blades were located in the wrong place. Could you please recommend me another brand? OR what is your opinion about this tool? Also is that truth that it get stains easily like when you use carrots or sweet potatoes? Have you ever had problems with this tool?
Thanks.

    Megan

    I’ve owned my Paderno Spiral Slicer for 3 years, and have never had any of those issues! I’ve spiralized carrots, raw sweet potatoes and raw beets, and have never worried about the handle breaking or not cutting correctly. The professional chef that I trained with also uses the same brand, so it’s the best one I know of. It does stain somewhat easily, but once it’s washed, I don’t really care if it’s slightly off-color. Hope that helps!

britt

Hi! I am loving this idea (going to spin & freeze some “noodles” tonight) but was wondering if you’ve tried freezing other spiralized veggies? I’ve made zucchini and cucumber noodles before, and I’ve heard you can do other veggies (carrots, etc). Do you think those would be good after frozen? Thanks for your help! πŸ™‚

    Megan

    In my experience, the water content of the vegetable will determine how well they freeze or thaw. Since sweet potatoes are starchier, they thaw quite well, but I’m not sure if zucchini or cucumber would hold-up as well, since they are so hydrating. If you’ve ever thawed a frozen banana, the result is pretty slimey… so I would just be prepared for the zucchini noodles to not be the same once they’re thawed. They might still be fine for cooking, but just not as firm or crispy.

Sarah

I know I just posted on another page, but YOU ARE BLOWING MY MIND HERE!!!! TouchΓ© Megan, touchΓ©!!! πŸ˜‰

Alli

My spiralizer just delivered to my house (I’m at work). I cannot WAIT to cook big batches on the weekend. My plan is to use the cuke and zuke earlier in the week from the fridge, and then use the sweet potato for later in the week since it freezes better! Great tips, thank you!

Joe

Can you freeze zucchini noodles as well? I am really thinking I need one of those spiralizers.

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