Zoodles in a Jar

Zoodles are a great way to maximize your veggie intake, while also indulging in some great comfort food.

Zoodles are fun to make, fun to talk about, and an easy health win! A whole new world of food opened up to me when I discovered the wonder that is vegetable noodles, and I can’t wait to share some incredible, easy veggie noodle recipes with you.

Zoodles in a jar

What are zoodles?

Zoodles are quite simply, spiralized zucchini. They can be eaten raw or cooked, and are a great gluten free sub for traditional spaghetti noodles. Zucchini is an inexpensive veggie that can be found in your local grocery store or farm stand. You might even add them to your next garden! This veggie is a great source of vitamin A, and is mild in flavor, so it won’t overpower a dish.

What other kinds of vegetable noodles can I make?

Honestly, if you can spiralize it, then it’s a vegetable noodle! I’ve spiralized carrots, butternut squash, zucchini, yellow summer squash, russet potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Depending on the dish, you can bake these noodles, sauté them in a skillet, or steam them in broth like I do for the zoodles in a jar recipe below.

Don’t forget spaghetti squash! This type of vegetable noodle occurs naturally in a cooked spaghetti squash (seriously, it’s unreal!). Though it takes a bit more prep, it is one of my fav ways to eat veggie noodles.

Zoodles in a jar

I strive to eat healthy, yet I also need quick meals for my busy days. Since healthy food isn’t always quick, when I find a great one, I share it! This recipe takes a bit of prep since there are a lot of veggies to chop, yet even this doesn’t have to be a pain point. Grocery stores sell already spiralized veggies, as well as lots of pre-chopped veggies too. If you truly need grab and go, then these options are your friend!

Zoodles ingredient swaps

If zucchini isn’t your thing, then try another kind of vegetable noodle. Bok Choy or Swiss chard are great leafy green swaps for kale, or even shaved Brussels Sprouts would be delicious. I like sunflower seeds and pepitas in this dish, as they provide some great plant protein, yet you can swap them out for cashews, or other seeds. Other root veggies that would be great additions include grated radishes, turnips, as well as parsnips. Swap purple onion for the green onion to give a little kick, and don’t forget to add in your own spices as well.

If you aren’t 100% plant based, then good quality bone broth is a great base too. You’ll get even more nutrition, and a different flavor profile as well.

Vegetable noodle recipes

Since veggie noodles are a great swap for those needing a gluten free noodle option, I’ve created several recipes with a variety of vegetables.

I don’t mess around when it comes to veggie noodles! These recipes are insanely good, and can be shared with the whole family. Have your family vote on which one you’ll try on your next vegetarian night!

An easy recipe for vegetable noodles with great health benefits

Healing your body with food

This zoodles in a jar recipe is originally from my Fresh Start Spring Cleanse. I believe that food can help our bodies heal, and that sometimes a food based reset can be just the remedy your body needs. This 21 day cleanse is designed to keep you full (no weird juice fasts here!), help you rest, bring you energy, and help with sleep habits… among many other great benefits. Whole food, plant based recipes specifically designed to give you exactly what your body needs, and nothing it doesn’t, for 21 days. If this interests you, head over to the 21 day cleanse page and read more!

I’d love to know how much you liked this recipe, as well as what fun additions you put in your jars! Don’t forget to leave a comment + recipe rating below. I love reading your feedback.

Zoodles in a Jar

Instant Noodles, meet Instant Zoodles! This healthy melange of veggies is great for work or a quick dinner. It's also crazy delicious + incredibly nourishing.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Entree, Soup
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Jen Hansard


  • 2 zucchini - spiralized
  • 1 cup fresh kale - cut into ribbons
  • 1/2 cup carrot - shredded
  • 1/4 cup green onions - thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp ginger root - grated
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cups vegetable broth - divided
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup pepitas
  • sea salt - to taste
  • pinch red pepper flakes - optional


  • Divide the spiralized zucchini between two quart-size mason jars or another 4 cup container with tight-fitting lid. 
  • Divide the kale, carrots, green onions, ginger, and garlic between the jars. Top with lid and refrigerate until ready to serve. 
  • To serve, heat vegetable broth, sesame oil and tamari. Pour over the veggies in the jar. Let stand for 5 minutes. 
  • Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons each pepitas and sunflower seeds, and a pinch of red pepper flakes, if using. Eat while warm.


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1467mg | Potassium: 1048mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 9972IU | Vitamin C: 81mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 3mg
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Ratings & Comments

  1. Dani says:

    5 stars
    This would make a great work lunch! I love how everything comes together and it’s loaded with vegetables.

  2. Denise price says:

    Can this be frozen in Ziploc bags

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Denise,

      Yes this could be frozen in a ziploc bag. Just be careful when it is thawing out so you don’t spill it everywhere.

  3. Sheri says:

    I loved this recipe! It was a perfect mix between different and easy to make. The flavors were spot on. This one will be a regular from now on.

  4. Denise Derby says:

    This all looks very good but I’m a retired woman on fixed income, seems like an expense to get started all at once

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Denise,

      You’re right. When making health changes to your diet, you can definitely see a spike in your grocery bill. With Fresh Start 21, you’ll see a weekly grocery bill between $100-$200. It’s all about finding the right plan for you + your wallet!

  5. Althea says:

    This would probably be really good all sautéed together as well, in regards to this cleanse, what do you recommend to replace meals that you don’t think you would like? I’ve seen other vegan recipes that i think would go well with this cleanse.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Althea,

      Would rather sauté this recipe, go for it!! Using an approved fat like coconut oil, is a great choice!! And see a few recipes that you know your tastebuds won’t just love? First, I say, give it a try…as I’m obsessed with each recipe, even those that I questioned at first. But you can easily swap in + out recipes. Whether that’s ones from our cleanse that you want to repeat (we include a recipe swap guide) or one of your choosing (we include details on each week about what’s approved + what’s not, so you can easily find something new).

      Hope this helps!

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Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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