Zucchini noodles, or as they’re also called “zoodles” are a healthier alternative to whole wheat pasta. Many people go after the zucchini noodles because they’re low in carbs and come with more nutrients than the regular pasta we’re used to eating. Many love their taste too, so if you haven’t tried it already now it’s the time.
The zucchini noodles can be combined with many different sauces, no matter if they’re vegan, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free. There are so many to choose from and trust us, with the right recipes you will forget about those store-bought noodles!
1. Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp
Ready in about 30 minutes, this dish of zucchini noodles is the ideal launch or dinner for a seafood lover. Plus, it contains avocado pesto, so it can’t get any better than this! First, start by preparing the zucchini noodles and for this, you’ll need 5-6 medium zucchini. For the pesto, choose your favorite recipe and include some mashed avocado as well!
2. Teriyaki Zucchini Noodles
Teriyaki is a well-known sauce used in many recipes and the zucchini noodles aren’t an exception to this. To prepare this dish at home here’s what you need: 1 pound (3 medium-sized) zucchini, 1 medium onion, 3 cloves garlic, 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce, 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons low sodium teriyaki sauce and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil.
3. Zucchini Noodles with Basil Pesto and Cherry Tomatoes
We’re back at the pesto, but this time there’s no avocado included. It’s a basil seed pesto that’s very easy to prepare and together with the zucchini noodles, it will definitely make you forget about the whole wheat pasta. To prepare the sauce, you need ½ small yellow onion, 1 garlic clove, 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, ½ cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds), ⅓ cup olive oil, 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar and a pinch of red pepper flakes.
4. Zucchini Pasta with Lentil Bolognese
We can just imagine how hard can be giving up on meat, especially when it comes to your favorite pasta recipe – alla bolognese. For those of you who are vegan, or if you’re just curious and want to try new recipes, the lentil bolognese will make you forget about minced meat. It’s a substitute worth every second of eating it! The lentil bolognese zucchini noodles is a healthier alternative, yet equally tasty.
5. Shrimp and Scallop Scampi with Zucchini Noodles
Boost your protein intake by adding seafood, which not only will feed you with the right nutrients, but will also make you feel full and satisfied with your dish! This will work especially if you’re a fan of shrimps and scallops. Prepare it with olive oil, garlic, white wine and salt and pepper to taste. This is the perfect Mediterranean summer dish you could possibly ask for!
6. Asian Zucchini Noodles
You’re going to love this recipe because of two reasons: first, it is ready in about 20 minutes and second, one cup contains 103 calories! This means that this is the perfect recipe when you’re trying to lose some weight, and for busy days too. Here’s what you need for 4 servings: 1 lb. zucchini noodles, 2 green onions, 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, 1/2 tbsp sesame oil, 2 clove garlic, 2 tsp ginger, 3 tbsp coconut aminos (or soy sauce, more to taste), 1 tbsp almond butter and 1 tbsp sesame seeds.
7. Brown Butter Zucchini Noodles with Crispy Garlic
The brown butter zucchini noodles are very easy to prepare, they are budget-friendly and the best part is that they are ready in 15 minutes considering the making of the sauce as well. Also, one serving contains just 107 calories, so isn’t this such an amazing meal for weight loss? To prepare your own butter brown zoodles, you need 1-2 zucchini, 2 tbsp butter, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste.
8. Sesame Ginger Zucchini Noodles
Creamy and oh-so delicious, if you consider yourself as a real pasta lover than you definitely should give this super simple sauce a try. It is made out of healthy ingredients and will make you feel full without adding too many calories to your meal! Here are the ingredients that you need: 3 tbsp almond butter, 3 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp maple syrup, 2 tbsp fresh grated ginger, 3-4 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice and 2-3 tbsp water
9. Zucchini Noodles with Turkey Vegetable Marinara
The zucchini noodles with turkey vegetable marinara are the ideal recipe for those of you who want a meal low in carbs, but rich in protein and other much-needed nutrients. Besides being low carb, this recipe is also paleo, dairy-free and gluten-free. It’s very healthy and will definitely make you feel full! If you’re bored with the same old turkey recipes, then you should totally give this zoodles a chance.
10. Zucchini Noodles with a Red Onion Leek and Avocado Sauce
The sauce here is so delicious you won’t have enough of it. It has the creaminess of cashews, mixed with the taste of leeks! We’re sure that we will use it for other pasta recipes and not only for zoodles. To prepare your own red onion leek and avocado sauce, you need 1/2 cup raw cashews, 1 medium red onion, 1/2 large leek, vegetable stock cube, 1/2 tsp garlic, 1 lemon juice, 1 tbs organic cold pressed coconut oil and a pinch of freshly ground black pepper.