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It’s not easy re-arranging your diet in the name of better health. Often, it means saying goodbye to food items that are tasty, but less than good for you. Pasta lovers may be afraid that doing without the high-carb food will mean a downgrade in meal time. Well, worry no more!
Thanks to a noodle-making invention called the spiralizer, you can substitute traditional pasta noodles with fruits and veggies. One of the more popular choices for substituting noodles are “zoodles” — zucchini noodles. If you’re worried about giving up pasta, then let these ten delicious zoodles recipes put your mind at ease. (No spiralizer? No problem! Here are three ways to make zoodles without a spiralizer.)
1. Avocado-Basil Zucchini Noodles With Chile-Lime Shrimp & Corn
Who wouldn’t want a healthy and delicious meal in less than fifteen minutes? This zoodle recipe pairs zucchini with avocados. It’s a match made in heaven because an avocado sauce is said to mask any bitter flavors in the vegetable noodles while not overpowering the dish.
2. Lemongrass Chicken & Zoodles
This paleo-friendly dish is great for those watching their carb intake. It’s also wonderful for anyone that enjoys well-flavored chicken over pasta. The marinade calls for flavors like ginger, paprika and green onions, as well as creamy coconut milk. It’s highly recommended that the chicken be marinated overnight in order to get a maximum flavor.
3. Chicken “Zoodle” Soup
Whether you’re feeling under the weather or just want a hot and hearty meal, this zucchini-infused take on a classic is sure to please. Instead of a simple broth featuring a few chicken chunks and noodles, this fresh take includes onions, garlic and a low-sodium lemon-poached chicken broth. It’s a low-calorie meal that will leave you feeling full with zero guilt.
4. Kung Pao Chicken Zoodles For Two
The decision to replace traditional noodles with zoodles brought this meal under 300 calories! How awesome is that? It’s almost as awesome as the delectable combination of sweet and savory flavors. Red bell peppers add some heat to this dish, while there’s a nice crunch added by the addition of crushed dry roasted peanuts.
5. Healthy Zucchini Pasta Carbonara
Get a healthy dose of protein with this zoodle Carbonara dish, which features flavorful zucchini noodles topped with a fried egg.
6. Zucchini Pad Thai “Zoodles”
Described as “healthiest pad Thai ever,” this zoodle-friendly meal may feature shrimp, but is versatile enough to allow you to use any proteins you want.
Note: It’s recommended that you cook your zucchini noodles first and then let the water drain prior to serving.
7. “Spaghetti” With Beef Sauce
This meaty dish proves that some of the best-tasting dishes feature homemade ingredients and the avoidance of processed food. Dried basil and oregano help bring this dish to life, but to get the best health benefits it’s strongly recommended you use grass-fed beef.
8. Zucchini-Carrot Salad with Catalina Dressing
Looking to jazz up your zoodles? Why not add carrots! The more veggies the better in this dish. Drizzle on a savory Catalina dressing as a final touch.
9. Garlicky Zoodles with Slivered Almonds
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this meal! It’s packed with plenty of flavor and sure to please garlic fans. Speaking of which, though this recipe calls for garlic olive oil, you can cook a few cloves of garlic with regular olive oil over medium heat. The outcome should be just as great!
10. Zucchini-Mushroom “Linguine”
This is sure to please the vegetarian/vegan crowd or just anyone wanting a delicious meat-free meal. Instead, this recipe calls for fresh shiitake mushrooms. Toasted, salted pecans can be sprinkled on to add some much needed texture.
There you have it! Whether you’re a fan of Italian pasta dishes or you are more interested in East Asia-inspired meals, never be afraid to substitute traditional noodles with healthy “zoodles.” This alternative may not only help you watch your calories and carb intake, but it may inspire you to get creative with favorite recipes in ways you’d previously never imagined.