Coodles and Dilly “Mac” and Goat Cheese

Coodles?  What the?

Wow!  This is my first Tuesday post in AGES and my first one linking up with Jessica and Jill for #DishTheFit in a LONG time.  I have seriously missed it, ladies!  The Fit Dish link up is so fun, so yes, I’m glad to participate once again!

Today’s topic for #DishTheFit is “share your favorite healthy recipe” and mine is something that has become a new fave.  About a month ago, I finally started using an official spiralizer and retired my Veggetti for good (sorry, l’il guy, but you needed to move over for the big kids to cook!)  I am not exagerating in any way when I say this, I COULD USE THE SPIRALIZER EVERY DAY FOR EVERY MEAL.  I don’t know why I had to get all “capsy” about that, but it’s a serious statement?  Yeah, that’s it.  Having a spiralizer is a great way to add lots of veggies into your diet and with wonderful blogs like Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci you can get new recipe ideas all the time!  Speaking of new recipe ideas, ahem, let me get on with mine.

The magic of “coodles”.

I love carrots and always have.  Sometimes carrots get a bad rap, but they shouldn’t, because they are loaded with nutrients that are fantastic for us.

you’re welcome.

So, now that’s been squared away, I can say not only is the carrot a healthy veggie, but it also makes one of the best types of veggie noodles out there.  Whether you cook them in a pan, boil them like pasta, or roast them in the oven, carrot noodles is a wondrous food!  However, one DOWNSIDE to carrot noodling (new verb, can you dig it?) is, it is really tough finding a wide enough carrot to do full spaghetti style noodles with.  Don’t let that discourage you though, because what I discovered through trial and error is that carrot noodles make the most awesome macaroni style of noodles.

carrot noodles

To make the macaroni style noodle you’ll not find a more perfect veggie to do the job than the carrot.  Using your “B” blade, you will get perfectly shaped noodles on your first try.  As I mentioned above, you can pan cook, boil, or roast your noodles; it’s really up to you how you want to cook them.  I opt for pan cooking with carrot noodles because it takes about 5-7 minutes and they have a nice toasty taste to them and retain the perfect amount of heat for mixing in your toppings.

 

Coodles and Dilly “Mac” and Goat Cheese

coodles and cheese

This recipe is SUPER simple and tasty.  All you need is a few carrots, goat cheese, and fresh (or freeze-dried) dill.  Seriously, that’s ALL you need.  When I’ve made this dish in the past, I’ve purchased a goat cheese with the herbs already in it, but you could certainly buy plain goat cheese and mix in your dill (or whatever herb you fancy)!  I have always loved pickled carrots, so the idea of combining carrots, cheese, and dill was a no-brainer!

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Coodles (Carrot Noodles) and Dilly "Mac" and Goat Cheese
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Recipe type: Vegetarian (Easy)
 
Carrot "noodles" and creamy dill infused goat cheese put a spin on traditional macaroni and cheese.
Ingredients
  • 3-4 whole carrots
  • 2 T. herb goat cheese (or plain goat cheese with herbs you mix in)
  • 1 T. Fresh (or freeze-dried) dill
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Peel, chop the ends off, and cut your carrots widthwise (or in thirds if they are long)
  2. Using your "B" blade, spiralize your carrot into macaroni sized shapes
  3. Mix 1 tablespoon of fresh (or dried) dill to the carrots
  4. Cook until the carrot is slightly "al dente" 5-7 minutes in a pan (3-4 minutes boiled or 12-15 minutes roasted at 400 F)
  5. Place cooked carrots in a bowl and immediately add your goat cheese and mix thoroughly
  6. Add salt & pepper to taste
  7. EAT!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 100 Fat: 3.5g Saturated fat: 2.5g Carbohydrates: 11g Sugar: 6g Sodium: 150mg Fiber: 4g Protein: 9 Cholesterol: 22mg

 

This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make and is a great side idea for upcoming summer weather in place of a heavier macaroni and cheese or pasta salad.  You can also add other types of herbs or additional veggies to bulk it up!

Coodle Mac and Cheese
as rachel ray would say, “yum-o”

Thanks to Jessica and Jill for coming up with the topic this week for favorite healthy recipes!  I can’t wait to see what everybody else has to share!

Have you tried “coodles”?  Do you own a spiralizer?  Do you feel like carrots are an unappreciated veggie?  Join up for #DishTheFit with Jessica and Jill and join the fun!

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24 thoughts on “Coodles and Dilly “Mac” and Goat Cheese

  1. hehehe, carrot noodling. I like the term! :] I really need to get an inspiralizer! This looks so good! :] I’ve never tried making mac n’ cheese with goat cheese before either!

    1. Haha I feel like making up all kinds of words these days. As you can tell, I totally LOVE my spiralizer. I use it as much as possible, because it’s so easy and it gets rid of the excuse I have to eat my veggies sometimes! Totally worth the $35! Thanks for reading, Farrah!

    1. Haha! I am pretty in love with it. My hubby is impressed by it too. I am sort of a lazy healthy eater so this gadget makes it really simple to make better food choices b/c it’s so easy to use and clean it really makes for zero excuses! 🙂

  2. What a very creative recipe you’ve come up with. It’s sounds really tasty too! I do like carrots, I loved them raw as a kid and over time grown to love them cooked as well. I don’t have my own spiralizer to make this recipe, yet; either that or I will be borrowing one from someone soon! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. I used to really dislike cooked carrots pretty much up until I started to make the noodles with them. Definitely try it! Thanks for stopping by, Krystal!

    1. I feel like the government should give them out lol spiralizers and juicers for all! Seriously though, spiralizing has changed the way I eat entirely! Thanks for visiting, Kate!

  3. So happy you joined in the fun! YAHOOZLE. And those coodles are calling me. I love how simple this recipe is, but how delicious it looks. VERY EXCITED to try it. I love goat cheese and carrots. Perfect! Also, love your sense of humor. #fitfamlove

    1. Carrot noodles are SO good, they get a great texture and adapt well to whatever you mix them with. I spiralize at least once a day these days. It’s a fun way to keep veggie creative! Thanks for reading, Lisa!

  4. Erin, I have never heard of this idea. Interesting way to use carrots! I’ll have to try it for sure. I’m looking for new ways to cook veggies this is perfect.

  5. Oh my gosh, I am loving this recipe and the concept of “coodles” in general. I love mac and cheese but always feel guilty for eating it because it’s not exactly the healthiest food. Using carrots for a base makes it much healthier! Thanks so much for making and sharing this recipe!

    1. It is really delicious and I’m a mac n’ cheese-aholic so it definitely has been nice to start substituting veggie noodles in place of pasta. Pasta is nice to have a for a treat now! 🙂 Thanks for visiting, Beth! I’m glad I found your blog earlier – it’s great!

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