Most people don’t eat enough vegetables during the day, which causes most individuals to resort to carbs, like pasta, bread and rice to feel full and satisfied. However, zoodles (zucchini noodles) are the best veggie substitution for any pasta dish! Cooking with a zoodles recipe can help you sneak more veggies into your daily diet and keep your meal lower in calories. Not only is your meal lower in calories, but you will also get more fiber and feel fuller during the day. Since zucchini is a fiber-rich carbohydrate, it can prevent you from mindless snacking, too!
I make zoodles all the time, and I think they taste even better than pasta! I usually steam them for about 10-13 minutes, but you can cook them also on the stove top. Here is our recipe for our Kicking Chicken Kung Pao Zoodles.
- 2 medium zucchinis, about 8 oz each, ends trimmed
- 1 teaspoon grapeseed or canola oil
- 6 oz skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- ½ red bell pepper, cut into ½-inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp fresh ground ginger
- 2 tbsp crushed dry roasted peanuts
- 2 tbsp thinly sliced scallions along diagonal
- For the sauce:
- 1 ½ tbsp reduced soy sauce (tamari for gluten free)
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp hoisin sauce
- 2 ½ tbsp water
- ½ tbsp Sambal Oelek Red Chili Paste (or more to taste)
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- Use the thicker setting on your spiralizer to create a hearty zoodle. If you don’t have a spiralizer, use a mandolin fitted with a julienne blade and cut the zucchini into long spaghetti-like strips. If you’re using a spiralizer, use kitchen scissors to cut the strands into pieces that are about 8 inches long so they’re easier to eat.
- In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, balsamic, hoisin, water, red chili paste, sugar and cornstarch; set aside.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Heat oil in a large, deep nonstick pan or wok over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and cooked through, about 4 to 5 minutes. Set aside.
Zoodles aren’t the only substitution solution, you can also use a sweet potato to make baked sweet potato wedges instead of french fries; cauliflower mash instead of mashed potatoes; and lettuce leaves instead of soft tortillas. There are many options for you to choose from to make your meals healthier. Remember, a healthy life is a happy life!