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27Jun, 24
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All About Zoodles: Plus 15 Recipes

Zoodles, or Zucchini Noodles, are faux “noodles” made by spiralizing, slicing, or peeling fresh zucchini into thin strands or ribbons.

I make a ton of zoodle recipes in the summer because they’re light and fresh, perfect for the hotter days, and our gardens and markets are PACKED with zucchini this time of year!

Zucchini has quite an impressive nutritional scoreboard, including high levels of potassium, B vitamins, dietary fiber, and antioxidants, all of which greatly benefit our overall health.

They help to promote healthy digestion, prevent oxidative stress, regulate blood sugar levels, improve heart health, and strengthen eyesight!

They’re also really hydrating, which is vital when the temperatures are on the rise.

Using zoodles in replace of regular noodles is a great way to reduce the amount of processed carbohydrates in your diet, which is beneficial to weight loss, diabetes, and more. They’re extremely low in calories but still satiating.

I don’t have anything against carbs; in fact, I love them, and they’re an important part of my diet, as they provide necessary energy. But sometimes, I want a lighter meal, or I want to avoid extra carbs for any number of reasons. During those times, I turn to recipes like the following. 

So, whatever your reason is for wanting to forgo the typical pasta and choose a lower-carb meal, I promise you’ll find something you live in this list! 

Here are 15 of my favorite zoodle recipes:

1. Easy Chicken Alfredo with Zoodles

Easy Chicken Alfredo with Zoodles by CleanFoodcrush

I know I’m not the only pasta alfredo lover out there, so I put together this delicious zoodle version of the meal to share with all of you! It’s so simple, you’ll have dinner ready in 20 minutes.

2. Bright + Tangy Raw Zoodle Salad

These bright colors are stunning, and the “salad” is filled with nutrients and flavors. You’ll definitely want to try it sooner rather than later!

3. Zoodles + Fresh Avocado Sauce

Clean Eating Zoodles + Fresh Avocado Sauce

This is for all the avocado lovers out there! I’m a sucker for a good avocado, and the homemade sauce on these zoodles really hits the spot. Bonus: avocados are considered a superfood because they’re full of nutritional value!

4. Chili Garlic Shrimp Zoodles

Chili Garlic Shrimp Zoodles Healthy Clean Eats

If you’re a fan of shrimp and pasta, you need to try this one. Saucy shrimp paired with tangy zoodles and topped with a bit of spice makes for a fresh, clean eating friendly meal! 

5. High Protein “Pad Thai” Inspired Zoodles

This might not be a “traditional” pad Thai dish, but it’s still amazing! We’re using zoodles, lots of protein, crunchy peanuts, and a lower-sugar sauce that you will absolutely love!

6. Caprese Chicken Zoodles

Caprese Chicken Zoodles for Meal Prep

Here’s a meal prep recipe for you to make lunches a little simpler this week. Simply put together a few bowls or boxes and then store them in the fridge so tomorrow you won’t have to put any effort into lunch!

7. Nourishing Chicken Zoodle Soup

Nourishing Chicken Zoodle Soup by Rachel Maser

Another excellent food prep idea! You might want to double or triple the recipe because this soup tastes even better the next day.

8. These Low Carb Chicken Meatballs with Zoodles

The PERFECT quick weeknight comfort food! Use your favorite marinara sauce because that’s where this dish gets a lot of flavors – just try to pick some that contain only a few ingredients, such as tomatoes, garlic, and herbs.

9. Garlic Butter Salmon + Zoodles

Garlic Butter Salmon + Zoodles Recipe

I make this meal all through summer because it tastes fantastic, and it comes together so quickly! The flavors are super tangy and satisfying! 

10. Baked Feta Zoodles

Did you know that feta cheese is incredibly nutritious? It’s said to be easier to digest and less allergenic and inflammatory than cheeses made from cow’s milk, which makes it a good option.

11. Grilled Chicken Zoodle Bowls with Tomato-Basil Sauce

Ultra juicy, perfectly seasoned chicken thighs, nestled on top of a bed of crisp zucchini noodles with a garlicky tomato basil sauce that is lick-your-bowl-clean DELICIOUS!

12. Kung Pao Chicken + Zoodles

Kung Pao Chicken + Zoodles Recipes by CFC

This recipe is a super unique spin on kung pao chicken, one of my favorites! Next time you have friends over, make this and watch how quickly it disappears.

13. Pesto Chicken Zoodle Soup

I know I say this all the time, but soup is one of my favorite meals. This one, in particular, is amazing. I love the high protein and veggie combo!

14. Garlic-Butter Lemony Chicken Zoodles

This chicken zoodle meal is buttery, garlic, lemony goodness in a bowl! The flavors complement each other perfectly, and the end result will impress the whole family.

15. Clean Eating Turkey + Zoodle Bolognese

Eat Clean Turkey + Zoodle Bolognese

Here’s another low-carb spin-off of a classic dish that can also be used for meal prep. I like using ground turkey because it’s a great source of lean protein and vitamins and has less saturated fat than ground beef.

I encourage you to break out your spiralizer and get creative with these fun noodle substitutes! You might just find your new favorite summer meal.

Let me know which ones you try and what you think in the comments below!

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