zucchini noodles bowl

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Have the Right Tools
To make the most basic meal in a bowl, you don't need a thing (except, er, a bowl). But there are a couple of handy tools that can help you make an Instagram-ready dinner. A julienne peeler is one; it's cheap (under $10) and turns carrots, zucchini and other veggies into spaghetti-like strands you can twirl with a fork. Another workhorse in Forte's kitchen: a mandolin, for slicing or shredding vegetables for slaws and grain salads.