Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles): A Low-Carb Pasta Alternative

Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles): A Low-Carb Pasta Alternative

Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles): A Low-Carb Pasta Alternative

Ingredients

  • 2 medium zucchinis
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil or parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Zoodles: Using a spiralizer, julienne peeler, or a mandoline, spiralize the zucchinis into noodles. If you don’t have any of these tools, you can use a regular vegetable peeler to create thin, noodle-like strips.
  2. Heat the Olive Oil: In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Cook the Zoodles: Add the zucchini noodles to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 3-4 minutes, or until the zoodles are slightly softened but still have a bit of crunch.
  4. Add the Cherry Tomatoes: Stir in the halved cherry tomatoes and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until they are just warmed through.
  5. Season and Serve: Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the skillet from heat and sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese over the zoodles. Toss to combine.
  6. Garnish: Garnish with fresh basil or parsley if desired. Serve immediately.

Tips

  • Avoid Overcooking: Zoodles can quickly become mushy if overcooked. Aim for a texture that’s tender but still slightly firm (al dente).
  • Add Protein: For a more filling meal, add cooked chicken, shrimp, or tofu.
  • Sauce Options: You can pair zoodles with a variety of sauces. Try them with marinara sauce, pesto, or a light garlic and olive oil dressing.
  • Meal Prep: Zoodles are great for meal prep. Spiralize the zucchinis ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Cook them just before serving for the best texture.

Conclusion

Zoodles are a fantastic low-carb alternative to traditional pasta, offering a light and healthy option that doesn’t compromise on flavor.

This simple recipe is quick to prepare and can be customized with your favorite ingredients and sauces.

Enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal that supports your weight loss goals.

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