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Low Carb High Taste Zoodles (15 Minutes, Vegan)

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“Fast, Faast, FAAAST. Last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark” – Muhammad Ali

This is pretty much how quick I got my zucchini noodles done. SPEED!

At first I didn’t think much of it, but when I was last on Amazon I just chucked this small zucchini noodle maker in my cart.

I liked it, because it’s not a massive kitchen tool, but it rather looks like an oversized pencil sharpener that you can put next to the glasses on your shelf.

Apart from that it looked like it would help me to whip up healthy meals fast! And so it did.

(FYI: WE don’t have a deal or anything with that zoodle maker, I just really like it. But I used an affiliate link as it would be silly not to, haha.)

Low Carb High Taste Zoodles #vegetarian #zucchini | hurrythefoodup.com

Out came an Italian style Zucchini Noodle dish.

It’s super easy to prepare since you just have to throw your zoodles in a pan, slice your cherry tomatoes, chuck in some walnuts and finally add a tablespoon of pesto (if you’re vegan go for a pesto without cheese, for example this one.

Even the busiest anti cook should be able to throw this together for a quick lunch or dinner.

What’s more the dish tastes much better than the time spent on it would suggest.

On this note I have to mention that it’s already very good without the feta, but with it, it’s really next level stuff.

On top of that it’s a very nice low carb recipe, so if you’re following that particular way of living or are just wanting to cut down on carbs then this is a great place to start (more veggie low carb recipes this way!).

Plus, I had the impression the zucchini noodles actually taste a bit like pasta once they are spiraled.

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Health Benefits – Low Carb High Taste Zoodles

Let’s swing the spotlight over to the star of this post’s show – the zucchini.

First of all I’ll have to reveal a long kept secret about the zucchini: it’s a FRUIT! (1); but well, just in botanical terms. When it comes to cooking it’s more similar to a vegetable.

Zucchinis keep well in the fridge for a long time, but they become bitter over an extended period, meaning they’re more enjoyable to eat fresh.

As already mentioned, zucchinis are the perfect fruit (!!) for people interested in losing weight. They’re high in water and just contain around 17 calories per 1 cup (223 grams) (2).

Looking at the micronutrients they unfortunately also keep it relatively low key.

Still, they do contain high amounts of vitamin C and potassium, important to avoid avoid fatigue, muscle damage and muscle weakness (3).

All in all a very cool fruit!

Now we’d love to know:

  • What do you think about zoodles? Just a trend or a practical way to get more veggies into your diet?
  • Can they really be a true pasta replacement?
  • Do you think zucchinis should go to the fruit section in the supermarkets?
  • What’s the difference between a courgette and a zucchini? Do you even care?
Low Carb High Taste Zoodles
4.68 from 28 votes
Low Carb High Taste Zoodles. Italian style spiralized zucchini noodles ready in just 15 minutes, excellent for a quick lunch or dinner.
Cuisine:Vegetarian
Diet: dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, vegan
Prep Time:8 minutes
Cook Time:7 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
Servings:2 people
Calories:364kcal

Ingredients

Optional

  • ¼ cup feta cheese

Instructions

  • Use a spiral maker to get those lovely zucchini noodles aka zoodles. If you don’t have that magical thingy, you can also simply dice up the zucchini.
    Low Carb High Taste Zoodles #vegetarian #zucchini | hurrythefoodup.com
  • Off it goes into the pan with a little bit of olive oil. Set it on medium heat.
  • Cut the cherry tomatoes in halves and add them to the pan. Also add the walnuts.
  • Give it a nice toss. After around 7-8 minutes add the pesto and give it another toss.
  • To finish off the zoodles garnish with basil leaves (and feta cheese, if you have it around)
  • Ready. Enjoy!

NOTES

Note: You’ll need a zoodle maker to prepare this recipe!

IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE
: Then you should definitely check out how to make Pesto yourself! Super quick to make and damn tasty! If you’re interested a real pasta dish, you HAVE TO check out this Pasta Salad With Peanut Butter!
MAKE IT VEGAN: Just get a vegan pesto (like this one and BAM!, it’s vegan 🙂
Recipe inspired by Two Peas and Their Pod

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Low Carb High Taste Zoodles
Serving Size
 
362 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
364
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
30
g
46
%
Saturated Fat
 
5.7
g
36
%
Cholesterol
 
24
mg
8
%
Sodium
 
371
mg
16
%
Potassium
 
946
mg
27
%
Carbohydrates
 
15
g
5
%
Fiber
 
5.8
g
24
%
Sugar
 
7.1
g
8
%
Protein
 
16
g
32
%
Vitamin A
 
3550
IU
71
%
Vitamin C
 
67.7
mg
82
%
Calcium
 
300
mg
30
%
Iron
 
3.6
mg
20
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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29 comments
  1. 5 stars
    This was simple and delious recipe to make. I added some pan roasted firm tofu cubes that were sautéed with tuscan spices and organic tomato paste. It made this wonderful side dish a main dish by adding some protien

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Jeff! I’ll never argue with adding more protein 😀 and the firm tofu is a great idea!

  2. 5 stars
    I had put the spiralizer away, I will dust it off. Thank you, I was looking for fresh ideas for low-carb meals. Only one comment if I may, instead of multitasking and risking burning the tofu, may I suggest meal preparation first. Here is a super cool podcast on how to meal prep https://www.vegetarianzen.com/vz-039-meal-prepping-shortcuts/. It makes your recipe even easier to prepare. Thank you again for such a great recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    This was really good! If you are two people eating you really need two zuccihnies.

    1. Glad you liked the recipe, Lotta 😀
      And thanks for the tip regarding the zucchini!