Zucchini noodles are an ideal choice when you are craving pasta, but want to skip the carbs and calories that come with traditional noodle dishes. Whether you are looking for some light and healthy meals to add to your repertoire or are following a low-carbohydrate or vegan diet, these guilt-free zucchini noodle recipes will satisfy your taste buds. Zoodles are quick and easy to make with a spiralizer tool, or a vegetable peeler and cook quickly to the perfect "al dente" texture.
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Craving garlicky pasta on your low-carb diet? Try this tasty, healthful spiralized zucchini recipe that borrows the flavor of a summer pasta. It calls for five ingredients and is ready to enjoy in about the time it would take to cook a pot of spaghetti. Spiralized or julienned zucchini (or any summer squash) is quickly sauteed in a skillet on your stovetop along with fresh basil leaves, crushed garlic cloves, and olive oil or butter. It's tossed with Parmesan cheese right before serving.
02 of 07
Enjoy chicken "pasta" salad on a Paleo diet with this clever zucchini noodle version that's loaded with palate-pleasing flavors. Diced cooked chicken breast is combined with spiralized zucchini, julienned carrots, and chopped fresh cilantro, all tossed in a salty, sweet, and sour dressing made with apple cider vinegar and Chinese five-spice powder. Top with sliced raw or toasted almonds and serve at once.
03 of 07
Sweet, juicy shrimp mingle with zucchini noodles in this healthy weeknight dinner that mimics the classic seafood pasta. It's suitable for those following high-protein, low-carbohydrate Paleo, and keto diets. Peeled raw shrimp are tossed in a pan with butter, oil, garlic, vermouth, lemon juice and zest, chopped parsley, and red pepper flakes, before mingling with briefly sauteed zucchini "spaghetti." Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for an Italian-style dinner that is low on calories and only takes 20 minutes to make.
04 of 07
Makeover your usual brown bag lunch with this vegetarian salad that takes only a few minutes to assemble and can be toted to work in a mason jar or a glass container. It starts with spiralized zucchini noodles that are topped with halved cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, cheese, and light vinaigrette dressing. Keep it simple or dress it up with ripe avocado, sliced fresh mushrooms, torn basil leaves, steamed edamame beans, or even olives.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
On hot summer days, dig into a cool colorful plate of zucchini pasta with vegetables and cheese. Quickly cooked zucchini noodles are tossed with sweet corn kernels, juicy grape tomatoes, mild shallots, aromatic fresh basil, and crumbled goat cheese. For the perfect pasta-like texture, be sure not to overcook the zucchini spirals, which take only a couple of minutes to get to "al dente." Enjoy this dish as a light summer main—with or without added cooked shrimp or chicken cubes—or serve as a colorful side dish for burgers.
06 of 07
Kugels are a classic Jewish holiday dish that is traditionally made with egg noodles. This clever healthier recipe uses spiralized zoodles instead, for a kugel that can be completely gluten-free if you use gluten-free matzo meal and matzo. Don't skip the step of draining the cooked zucchini in a colander before adding to the baking dish as this helps to prevent a watery casserole.
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Udon soup is a Japanese restaurant favorite that you can recreate inexpensively at home with this simple Asian chicken zoodle soup recipe. Spiralized squash and sweet potato mingle with packaged fresh udon noodles and shredded cooked chicken (use leftovers or a rotisserie bird) in a simple broth with Asian seasonings and a little jalapeno for heat.