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Summer Zoodle Primavera (Under 200 Calories)

Light, fresh summery meals are perfect when the weather is hot and we are super busy and on the go.  Zoodle dishes are increasingly popular as a lower calorie and carb alternative to traditional pasta.  This was my first homemade zoodle recipe and it was fast, fun and delicious!   I purchased an inexpensive spiralizer online for about $13, then grabbed a squash from our garden and in just a few minutes, dinner was ready!!

An entire medium zucchini only has 33 calories and 6 gm of carbs.  With 2 gm of protein and fiber plus 15% of your daily needs for potassium, 12% for folate and 50% for Vitamin C, this summer veggie while watery and light in flavor is packed with good nutrition.  There’s even magnesium, B vitamins and some calcium included.

Non-pasta noodle dishes can be made with zucchini or summer squash but carrots work well too.  Here are some other zoodle recipes that are sure to please.

Ingredients

Pasta Ingredients:

  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1 large orange bell pepper (capsicum)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 6 large leaves of kale
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 32 oz Pomi strained tomatoes (or cook down about 12 large fresh tomatoes)  See this Fresh, Easy Herb Tomato Sauce recipe for more sauce ideas using fresh tomatoes.
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt/Himalayan salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

Pasta Directions:

  1. Wash all produce well.
  2. Insert Zucchini into spiralizer and twist over a bowl to create noodles.
  3. Chop pepper, tomatoes and kale.
  4. Add chopped veggies to bowl with zoodles.
  5. Chop oregano and basil then add to bowl.
  6. Serve into bowls then top with sauce.

Sauce Directions:

  1. Place pot on stove top over medium-low heat.
  2. Add olive oil.
  3. Smash garlic to remove peel then chop.
  4. Add garlic to olive oil after its slightly warm.
  5. Let cook for about 2 minutes, then pour in strained tomatoes.
  6. Chop herbs then add to sauce.
  7. Add cumin, honey, salt and pepper.
  8. Reduce heat to low and let cook for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, tasting and adjusting spices as desired.
  9. Pour sauce over zoodles, then top with more fresh herbs and enjoy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4

Substitutions

  • Zucchini – summer/yellow squash, carrots
  • Garlic – onions, leeks
  • Oregano – thyme, sage, chives
  • Basil – rosemary, thyme, sage
  • Honey – coconut sugar, molasses
  • Olive oil – avocado oil, coconut oil
  • Cumin – cayenne pepper

Calories: 170

Fat: 1g

Trans Fat: 0g

Cholesterol: 0mg

Sodium: 610mg

Carbohydrates: 28g

Fiber: 8g

Sugars: 8g

Protein: 7g