If you love noodles but are trying to watch your carbs, you can make healthier versions of your favorite noodle dishes by using zoodles. For those not in the know, zoodles are noodles made from zucchini.
All you need is a vegetable spiralizer and you will be on your way to healthy and tasty noodle dishes without going into carb overload. Need some ideas for how to incorporate zoodles into your meals? Check out these delicious dishes:
1. Zoodles with meatballs
Take everyone’s favorite classic pasta dish and turn it into a healthful and satisfying meal. Simply make your favorite sauce and meatballs. Heat the zoodles in the microwave for no more than 3 minutes and then top them with the meatballs and sauce. Voila! Dinner is served!
2. Zoodle fries
It is easy to trick the kids into eating their veggies when you trot out this healthier version of their favorite side dish. Beat an egg and then toss it with your zoodles.
Dredge the zoodles in flour with your favorite seasonings like garlic powder, a little salt, and pepper, a pinch of paprika or whatever else you like. Bake them for 20 minutes at 350°F. They will be brown and crispy when ready.
3. Chili zoodles
This quick and easy take on chili will have the family clamoring for more. Take your favorite chili recipe and top it on raw zoodles instead of regular noodles.
They are gluten-free, plus they are low in calories and carbs while still being big on flavor.
4. Zoodle pasta salads
The varieties of pasta salads that you can make with zoodles are never-ending. Use your microwave to cook and cool your zoodles, then dress them up as you would for any noodle pasta salad you love.
You will love it Greek-style with heirloom tomatoes, sliced black olives, red onions, and Feta cheese
5. “Zac” and cheese
Mac and cheese are one of the ultimate comfort foods but it is a huge calorie-fest. If you use zoodles instead of macaroni, you will still get that satisfying cheesy goodness and fantastic flavor without all the negatives.
Plus, the kids will love it!
6. Zoodle stir-fry
In the mood for takeout? Save money and your waistline by stir-frying noodles with your favorite vegetables and meats for a savory Asian taste.
Cook your other ingredients first, then toss the zoodles in. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds for the finishing touch.
7. Zoodle cakes
When you are going low-carb, it can be so hard to stay away from potatoes. But if you substitute zoodles for potatoes in a potato pancake recipe, you get all that crispy crunchiness you want without the carbs. Top them with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and fresh chives and you will forget they are not made with potatoes.