7 Insanely Delicious Ways To Eat Zoodles For Dinner

by | Jan 30, 2017 | Recipes

From the editors at Women’s Health; Photography by Flickr

You’ll never look at zucchini’s the same way.

If you’re looking to lighten up your favourite noodle dish, look no further. At approximately 83 kilojoules per cup, zucchini noodles are the answer to your pasta-lovin’ prayers.

How to make zoodles: Using a spiralising tool, turn your zucchini or squash through until completely spiralised. Discard the core and cut the noodles into 10-15cm lengths. Alternatively, if you do not have a spiralising tool, use a vegetable peeler to peel the zucchini or squash into ribbons. Peel until you reach the centre, then turn the zucchini and repeat. Continue until you have ribboned the whole zucchini and discard the core. One medium zucchini makes about two cups, serves one.

Dress up your plain bowl of zoodles with these recipes from Rodale’s Test Kitchen and you’ll barely even remember you’re eating fibre-packed veggies instead of your usual white noodles.

1.  Lo Mein

In a bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce, 1 tsp honey, and 1 tsp toasted sesame oil. Toss in 2 cups zoodles. Top with ½ cup shredded cooked chicken, ¼ cup thinly sliced red bell pepper, 2 Tbsp shredded carrot, 3 sliced shiitake mushrooms, and 1 sliced scallion.

Nutrition information (per serving): 1 087 kilojoules, 27 g protein, 22 g carbs, 5 g fibre, 14 g sugar, 8 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 620 mg sodium

READ MORE: The 8 Best Veggies To Spiralize If You’re Trying To Lose Weight

2. Breakfast Bowl

Toss 2 cups zoodles with 1 scrambled egg, 1 crumbled slice of cooked bacon, 2 Tbsp shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 tsp chopped chives.

Nutrition information (per serving): 803 kilojoules, 15 g protein, 8 g carbs, 2 g fibre, 5 g sugar, 12 g fat, 4 g sat fat fat, 328 mg sodium

3. Spicy Peanut Sauce

In a bowl, whisk together 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter, 1 tsp low sodium soy sauce, and ½ tsp. sriracha.  Toss in 2 cups zoodles, ¼ cup cucumber slices, 2 Tbsp shelled edamame, 1 Tbsp each chopped roasted peanuts and cilantro.

Nutrition information (per serving): 928 kilojoules, 11 g protein, 16 g carbs, 5 g fibre, 7 g sugar, 14 g fat, 2 g sat fat fat, 313 mg sodium

4. Caprese

In a bowl, toss together 2 cups zoodles, 1 cup halved multi coloured cherry tomatoes, ½ cup halved fresh mozzarella balls (bocconcini), 2 Tbsp thinly sliced basil, and 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Nutrition information (per serving): 983 kilojoules, 13 g protein, 15 g carbs, 4 g fibre, 11 g sugar, 14 g fat, 8 g sat fat, 641 mg sodium

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5. Mango-Coriander

In a bowl, toss together 2 cups zoodles, ½ cup thinly sliced mango, ¼ cup thinly slice white onion, 2 Tbsp chopped coriander, 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 1 Tbsp olive oil.

Nutrition information (per serving): 933 kilojoules, 4 g protein, 24 g carbs, 4 g fibre, 17 g sugar, 15 g fat, 2 g sat fat, 21 mg sodium

6. Chicken Zoodle Soup

In a bowl, combine 2 cups zoodles, ½ cup shredded chicken, ¼ cup frozen peas and carrots, 1 Tbsp each dill and parsley, and ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper. Pour 1½ cups boiling low sodium chicken broth, cover and let sit for 3 minutes. Add 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice.

Nutrition information (per serving): 962 kilojoules, 33 g protein, 15 g carbs, 3 g fibre, 7 g sugar, 6 g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 205 mg sodium

7. Mediterranean

Toss 2 cups zoodles with ½ cup drained and rinsed chickpeas, ¼ cup baby arugula, ¼ cup chopped marinated artichoke hearts, and 1 Tbsp sun-dried tomato pesto.

Nutrition information (per serving): 1 334 kilojoules, 11 g protein, 4 g carbs, 9 g fibre, 6 g sugar, 14 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 517 mg sodium

Looking for more recipes? Here are seven low-carb cauliflower rice combos that are totally worth making.

This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com

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