Eating a predominately plant based diet can sometimes be a challenge when you want to create a meal that you (and your family!) love. I am always on the hunt for items that can be eaten a variety of ways while being healthful foods that also taste good.
When I ran across these Trader Joe’s carrot spirals, I was excited to give them a try. I’ve had just about every kind of veggie noodles. I grabbed a couple boxes and decided to give it a try for dinner.
The only two ingredients are carrots and sea salt. The entire box is only 32 carbohydrates - that‘s a fraction of what one serving of what some pastas would be. At $3 a box, it was also comparable to other veggie pastas.
I chose to use my favorite grass fed butter for this meal, adding 1/2 a tablespoon to a skillet on low/medium heat.
I added the carrot spirals and covered for 4 minutes. After 4 minutes, I took the lid off and broke up the remaining spirals with a wooden spoon.
While the spirals were cooking through, I added some organic marinara sauce to a small pot on low. I continued to sauté the carrots for an additional 4-5 minutes before removing them from the heat and plating them.
I topped the spirals off with the marinara sauce, a small grating of pecorino cheese and a handful of dried edamame for some crunch. These are my new favorite vegetable noodles - they are not watery like zucchini noodles can be, but are more firm. The taste isn’t over powering and especially paired well with the marinara and edamame.
My husband was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed two servings - he said it was one he would definitely try again so that’s a win/win in our house!
Aside from being a filling, healthful dinner - it took less than 15 minutes from start to finish. I would love to know if you try out this recipe or something similar!