So it took me a little while to get onto the zucchini noodle band wagon, but when I did I quickly fell in love with it. I am a huge pasta eater, seriously I could literally eat it every single day. So to no surprise I was finding it difficult to lose the last few pounds that just kept hanging around. I decided to give zucchini noodles a try because if I could replace my pasta noodles at least 2 a week for zucchini then I was sure I could shed some pounds. And sure enough, it worked! I won’t pretend that it tasted the same as eating regular pasta noodles, but it is a delicious option so you can at least add in some variety.
I thought I’d share with you my top 5 favourite ways to eat zucchini noodles.
Tomato pesto zucchini noodles
This one is super fast and so easy to just throw together. All you do is sautee some zucchini noodles with cherry tomatoes in basil pesto and then top with fresh parmesan.
Prosciutto arugula zucchini noodles
This is probably one of my favourite dishes, I just love the combination of flavours. Simply sautee the zucchini noodles, cherry tomatoes, and prosciutto in some olive oil with fresh basil and parsley. Top with arugula and some fresh parmesan cheese if you’d like.
Shrimp zucchini noodles
First cook the shrimp in some coconut oil with fresh garlic, green onion, and cayenne pepper. Then add cherry tomato, green bell pepper, and the zucchini noodles.
Pomodoro zucchini pasta
This one is so easy and so good. Just make your favourite tomato sauce that you normally have with pasta. Sautee the zucchini noodles in the pomodoro sauce and you’re ready to go! Some days I add in lots of extra veggies to the sauce (spinach, green peppers, peas, arugula, etc), and usually cayenne pepper for some spice.
You can also add some chicken and serve the pomodoro zucchini as a side dish.
Grilled chicken with zucchini noodle salad
I love grilled chicken. I keep it simple with a light barbecue sauce, it’s so easy and just feels so fresh and summery to me. (Summery is a word right? Haha). For the zucchini noodles I sautee them quickly with green onion and cherry tomatoes (enough just to take off the edge of the raw zucchini but still keeping it crunchy. You can also leave the zucchini and tomato raw if you prefer). Then add uncooked carrot shaving, fresh cilantro and a light coating of lime juice (use lemon if you prefer). Lastly just salt and pepper to taste.
Those are my top go to recipes for zucchini noodles, do you have a great recipe to share?