Zucchini noodles (or “zoodles”) are a quick, healthy alternative to high-carbohydrate pasta dishes. You get a healthy dose of vegetables instead. I really like the crunchy texture of them.

This dish is easy to make and it only takes a couple of minutes to cook. Prep time takes the longest as spiralizing the zucchini is less convenient than throwing a handful of pasta in a pot. I used a handheld spiralizer similar to this one.  You can use it for other things too–I’m looking forward to trying sweet potato noodles. If you think you’ll be using a spiralizer a lot, you might want to invest in a more expensive one, though.

As zucchinis are made up of mostly water, it’s important to get out all excess water so the noodles aren’t soggy and won’t make the sauce too runny. Just put the noodles in a colander in the sink, sprinkle them with a little salt and let the water drain out. Then pat them dry with a paper towel.

If you want to add a little extra protein to this dish, you could top it with some cooked chicken or shrimp.

I adapted this recipe from eatyourselfskinny.com.

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Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
For the Sauce:
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Instructions
  1. Spiralize your zucchini and set aside on paper towels so that any excess water is soaked up.
  2. In a food processor, add avocados, basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice and sea salt and pulse until finely chopped. Then with the motor still running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified and creamy.
  3. Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat then add zucchini noodles, cooking for about 1 to 2 minutes until tender.
  4. Add zucchini noodles to a large bowl and toss with avocado pesto. Season with cracked pepper and a little parmesan, serve and enjoy!
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