Sometimes, nothing will take the place of the “real” thing. However, if you love pasta but are avoiding it due to nutrition guidelines, these noodles should certainly become a staple in your meals. They are healthy, filling, low calorie and low carb! How? They are made from zucchini!
There are so many meal options, hot or cold, that you can create with these gems. Once you have spiralized your noodles, you can simply steam and serve with your favorite tomato sauce or freshly light grated cheese (just like real pasta). One of my favorites that I’m bringing you today is my Zucchini Pasta Salad. Be creative and have preparing your own versions! Enjoy!
Keeping our bodies in shape is hard work… and, yes, it absolutely does mean making sacrifices when it comes to the foods that we choose to eat! However, the key is to still enjoy the foods that you love by simply recreating them into a healthy version. That’s what I’m here for! I’ll take the guesswork away from you and bring you new recipes each and every week! It’s all about being creative with good-for-you foods! As my trademark proclaims, I will always do my best to deliver to you: 100% Taste, 0% Guilt! It’s all here for you and ready to go. Each Alli’s Slim Pickins recipe provides detailed ingredients, nutritional information, and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare each mouth-watering meal! Come on, let’s make it happen…
ZUCCHINI PASTA SALAD
2 medium zucchini
1/2 cup canned artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1/3 cup sliced cherry tomatoes
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 oz. goat cheese
2 TB lemon juice
1 TB red wine vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. olive oil
1/4 tsp. each: dried oregano, parsley, basil OR 1 tsp. Italian seasoning blend
Pinch red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper, to taste
*NOTE: You will need a spiralizer for this recipe. If you don’t have one yet, you will be so happy that I introduced you!
How to Prepare
1. Spiralize your zucchinis to create your noodles (it’s so much fun!)
2. Place your zucchini noodles in a large bowl and add the artichoke hearts, tomatoes, onion, olives, and goat cheese.
3. Put ALL dressing ingredients into the bowl with the salad ingredients and gently toss until thoroughly combined. Put in the fridge for a couple of hours (at least) in order to let all the flavors come together and allow the zucchini to soften.
4. Serve alongside your favorite protein, such as grilled chicken, fish, or lean meat. Enjoy!
Per serving (recipe serves 2): 155 calories, 6 grams protein, 14 grams carbohydrates (4.5 grams fiber), 8.5 grams fat
100% TASTE, 0% GUILT
Editor’s Note: If you have any specific requests or would like to share your feedback on the above recipes, please e-mail Allison Frahn at AliFrahn@yahoo.com.