Pasta is normally thought of as a food that’s high in calories but doesn’t have much nutritional value. However, zoodles, or vegetables made into noodle-like strands, are delicious and delectable alternatives that you can make even if you don’t have a spiralizer. Keep reading to make your mouth start watering for scrumptious selections that’ll almost certainly replace your old pasta standbys.
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1. Raw Spiralized Zucchini Noodles With Tomatoes and Pesto
The zing of summer tomatoes and the distinctive taste of basil come together in this easy-to-make dish. If possible, prepare it just before you plan to serve it. When the finished recipe sits for too long, it gets a little watery.
2. Sesame Zoodles
Because you can make these in 10 minutes, they’re great if you lead a busy life and need a lunch or dinner option that’s healthy and tasty. Because you can eat sesame zoodles either warm or cold, they’re also convenient to take on the go.
3. Zoodles With Creamy Avocado Pesto
Filled with wholesome ingredients, this dish is both raw and vegan. It’s a real crowd pleaser if you’re trying to maintain a nutritious diet and also cater to people who don’t eat meat and dairy products.
4. Lemongrass Green Coconut Curry Soup With Zucchini Noodles
Resist the urge to order Thai takeout food and try this simple vegan recipe instead. The lemongrass and coconut flavors delight the taste buds, and the zucchini noodles fill you up without excessive calories.
5. Chow Mein Zoodles
By following the directions in this recipe and draining and blotting the zoodles, you’ll be left with a delightful, tender texture. Also, this dish is extremely versatile and you can add several types of meat and complementing vegetables to customize the outcome.
6. Chicken Zoodle Soup
Inspired by an old favorite, this recipe is both gluten-free and Paleo-friendly. Since some of the ingredients get prepared in a slow cooker, it’s convenient to make. Plus, that cooking method really brings out the flavor of the chicken.
7. Spaghetti With Red Wine Sauce
Another gluten-free and Paleo-friendly dish, this cuisine features zoodles made from both zucchini and yellow squash. Just prepare those veggies with a julienne peeler. Basil, cloves, garlic and black pepper give this option a flavorful kick.
8. Zoodles and Eggs
In the mood to chow down on a breakfast favorite for dinner? Just try this super-simple choice that features scrambled eggs as a main ingredient. If you’re in a hurry, there’s good news because the zoodles in this dish can be prepared in just five minutes.
9. Cleansing Noodle Soup
Bursting with chopped greens and garnished with lime and cilantro, this vegan and gluten-free zoodle dish is scrumptious lighter fare. It’s great for lunch or dinner, or even a prelude to a main dish. Since it includes so many different types of vegetables, it’s a handy way to encourage your family to eat healthier, too.
10. Zucchini Noodles With Seaweed Pesto
Make progress in reaching your five-a-day quota with this tasty treat. Carrots pair with the zucchini noodles to give a noticeable sweetness while boosting the nutritional value. Also, the seaweed pesto is packed with vitamins.
11. Mediterranean Zucchini Noodle Pasta
Great for serving during any time of the year, this dish is easy to make and very flavorful. Ingredients like feta cheese and ripe tomatoes give plenty of taste without packing in the calories. It’s also a very colorful cuisine, making it especially appealing to the eye.
12. Spiralized Sweet Potato Latkes
Inspired by traditional potato pancakes, these healthier options are just as yummy as the fare you remember. Also, there’s no need to tackle the time-consuming task of grating the sweet potatoes. Just use a spiralizer and finish the job in a few minutes.
13. Creamy Red Pepper Alfredo Over Zoodles
Try this vegan delight when you’re in the mood for Italian with a twist. It’s loaded with protein, and might even win over members of your household who thought they weren’t fans of zucchini.
14. Zucchini Pasta With Avocado Cream Sauce
Garnished with salt, pepper, cherry tomatoes and basil, this option is a great choice for a vegetarian side dish that’s easy to prepare at the last minute. It also has a prep time of just 10 minutes, thanks to the fact you can get the supplementary ingredients ready in a food processor.
15. Zoodle Pasta With Mushroom and Onion Marinara and Bacon
Bacon gives this recipe a satisfying crunch. For best results, bake the bacon in the oven so there’s less mess to clean up later. It’s also worth mentioning you can hold the bacon and convert this into a great vegetarian option.
16. Zucchini Noodles With Raw Tomato Sauce
Looking for a super-easy and taste-bud pleasing dinner? This one’s a winner. It’s both vegan and gluten-free. Because zucchini noodles can be salty by themselves, experiment with adding salt to the sauce after giving it a taste without it.
17. Baked Ziti Zucchini Zoodles
A glorious go-to when you’ve got a hankering for a little comfort food, this dish blends cheeses and sauce with zucchini. Add an unusual but awesome extra by including chili pepper. This recipe is a smart alternative if you’re trying to eat better but don’t want to completely cast away beloved foods.
18. Raw Spicy Zoodle Bowl
This no-cooking-required dish is good for your body, not to mention good for your schedule if you’re short on time. If you don’t have a spiralizer, it’s easy enough to prepare the zoodles in a food processor or by using a julienne peeler. Feel free to leave out the jalapeno if some people in your household don’t like super-spicy dishes.
19. Pad Thai Zoodles
Peanuts, cilantro and green onions are just a few of the things that add flavor to this delicious dish. It’s a vegetarian-friendly choice full of ingredients that are familiar. When cooking the tofu, leave it in the pan for one to two minutes so it’s browned on each side.
20. Slutty No-Carb Pasta
Sugar-free, healthy and light, this veggie pasta dish features a tangy sauce, plus chili flakes. Parmesan cheese creates a savory garnish. You may even find people prefer this choice to traditional pasta.
21. Asian Zucchini Noodle Stir-Fry With Shrimp
Free yourself from boring bottled stir-fry sauces and branch out with this DIY recipe. When the dish is complete, the shrimp feature a slight garlic taste that adds a welcome layer of flavor. What’s more, everything’s ready to serve in just a half hour.
22. Sweet and Spicy Cucumber Noodles
Featuring fresh greens, tomatoes and a vinaigrette topping, this veggie noodle dish bucks the popular zucchini noodle trend by using cucumber noodles instead. Try using them as an inventive and taste-pleasing topping for lettuce, especially if you have kids that aren’t ordinarily crazy about salad on its own.
23. Mason Jar Instant Ramen Noodles
This Paleo-friendly and gluten-free recipe is sure to be a winner with busy people from all walks of life. The ingredients are gently cooked in hot water, which means they retain almost all of their original nutritional value. However, unlike the ramen noodle cups with which you may be familiar, these are very healthy.
24. Spiralized Shanghai Beef and Broccoli
Avoid stopping at a Chinese restaurant on the way home from work and rely on this quick and simple recipe instead. The vegetables and beef are drizzled in a scrumptious hoisin sauce. Also, this dish is so filling you can expect to get several meals out of the leftovers.
25. Eggplant Bolognese With Zucchini Noodles
Topped with thick and hearty sauce, this low-carb and Paleo dish features a marvelous mixture of ground beef and eggplant. However, it’s also easy to just leave out the ground beef and only use eggplant if you want a vegetarian-friendly alternative. A bit of red wine helps emphasize the flavor of the sauce.
Maybe you haven’t tried veggie noodles yet, or perhaps you already have a few favorite recipes and want to expand your culinary horizons. Whatever the case may be, you now have a delectable list of new possibilities to explore. Need more? Here’s our earlier list of 10 zoodles recipes.
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