Pasta-Free Pasta

Disclaimer: this is an alternative approach to cooking spaghetti:))

Have you ever wanted a pasta-meal that doesn’t leave you overly stuffed?

If you are familiar with the  “zoodles”  terminology you already know what to expect in this post. If you haven’t, then please continue reading to learn how to prepare them. It is actually very easy and doesn’t require a lot of time investment.

Ideally, you would need a spiralizer or a basic spiral slicer.

For the “pasta” you would need 2-3 big zucchini or cucumbers.

The dressing I recommend should consist of some fats, herbs, fruit and lemon/lime juice (or apple cider vinegar). The simplest would be to stir two tablespoons of tahini with lemon juice, vinegar and water until it gets creamy. It is very versatile in you can mold into any variation you would like.

Those are my favorite combinations:

  • Half to a medium avocado, basil, one medium orange, mango or two/three small tangerines, cup of cherry tomatoes, oregano, lime juice, paprika (or chili flakes), a pinch of Himalayan salt.
  • A tablespoon of tahini  (or two tablespoons of hemp seeds), few celery sticks, piece of ginger, two teaspoons of  Bregg’s aminos, lemon juice, dash of turmeric or curry powder, oregano, onion flakes. Optional: nutritional yeast (rich in vitamin B complex and protein) and dulse (algae rich in Iodine that gives a salty flavour).
  • Two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds (or hemp seeds; or a half-half of the both), one small orange, two medjool dates, lemon juice, cumin, dill, basil.

Note:

By no means am I saying that pasta is unhealthy; just the opposite – complex carbohydrates are a great fuel for your body (especially if you are working out a lot or staying very active during the day). However, on most days I personally enjoy lighter meals that don’t drain me down or make feel sluggish.

Plus, you can always alternate between eating regular pasta and swapping your carb-load with zucchini. 🙂

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If you are looking for low-calorie, yet delicious and filling dinner/lunch, zucchini noodles are for you!

Hope you enjoy those recipes and please remember that you can always adapt the listed ingredients to your taste and cupboard availability. 

Stay healthy!:)

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