Low Carb Zoodle Recipes for Summer
This is a collection of some of our best summer pasta recipes, because they are low calorie, low carb, and are focused on vegetables that are in season. They are highly nutritious and such a fun way to eat your favorite pasta dishes without ruining your diet!
Summer is one of the best times to get into shape because of the countless vegetables that are in season and the many outdoor activities that are available. One summer vegetable that can be very helpful for weight loss is zucchini. With only 33 calories in one medium zucchini, you can eat high volumes of it all while keeping your calorie and fat intake very low. In addition, zucchinis provide you with many nutrients since they are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant compounds.
Zucchini is also a very versatile vegetable. You can eat them raw, grilled, or even baked into breads. One of the most innovative zucchini trends that emerged in the past few years is the “Zoodle”. Zoodles are zucchinis that are either cut or spiraled to resemble pasta noodles, and they are good. They are the perfect substitute for traditional pasta because they add a lot of healthy elements to the dish and limit carbs, fat, and calories. Who doesn’t want to indulge in their favorite pasta dishes and get their summer body at the same time? Read below for our favorite low carb, zoodle recipes!
1. Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes
Because they are low carb, sometimes zoodles can leave you feeling a bit hungry. This recipe combines zoodles with whole wheat noodles so you will be completely satisfied after your meal; however, because of the addition of zucchini noodles, you still consumed fewer calories than a traditional pasta dish! Find the recipe here.
2. Steak Fillet with Zucchini Noodles
Steak is a great main dish, but paired with zucchini, it becomes a complete meal that is packed with nutrients. This meal is a low carb and high protein dinner that is perfect for anyone on a diet! If you don’t eat red meat or simply prefer chicken, you can substitute chicken breast for the steak fillet in this recipe. Find the recipe here.
3. Vegan Zucchini Noodles
These vegan zucchini noodles are incredibly flavorful and oh-so healthy. With touches of garlic and lemon, this is a perfect summer dish that both those who have dietary restrictions and those who do not can enjoy! Find the recipe here.
4. Gnocchi Zucchini Stir Fry
Gnocchi are small, potato dumplings that are extremely filling and tasty. Because of the tomatoes and zucchini, this recipe provides a wonderful source of nutrients and fiber. A traditional gnocchi dish would not include added vegetables, so this recipe is a healthier and more unique spin on an old-time favorite, making it a great, summer dish to serve at your next dinner party. Find the recipe here.
5. Vegetable Nests
This recipe makes a light, healthy, and tasty starter or snack. On top of that, the unique and beautiful presentation makes it ideal for your next dinner party! Find the recipe here.
6. Spaghetti with Crab and Zucchini
This decadent meal is perfect for seafood lovers. It contains lot of protein because of the crab, healthy fats from the cream, and satiating fiber from the combination of zucchini and pasta. You can add more zucchini and use less pasta if you want an even lower calorie variation! Find the recipe here.
7. Bell Pepper-Zucchini Pasta
Vegetarians, vegans, and meat eaters alike will love this dish. With the combination of pasta, vegetables, and breadcrumbs, this is a filling dish that is sure to provide a lot of nutrients. If you like spice, feel free to kick up the heat with some more chile pepper! Find the recipe here.
8. Pasta with Zucchini and Shrimp Sauce
This Asian-inspired dish is sure to wow due to its unique flavor combination. Rather than a traditional, Italian style pasta dish, this recipe contains turmeric, soy sauce, ginger, and cilantro. With the added shrimp, this meal is filling, nutritious, and flavorful! Find the recipe here.
9. Salmon with Zucchini and Tomato Pasta
Salmon is one of the healthiest foods to incorporate into your diet. It is full of protein and Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential to your body function, but that you may not get a lot of from other foods. This recipe is a healthy and tasty way to eat salmon along with vegetables and carbs, making it a well rounded meal that is perfect for any occasion. Find the recipe here.
10. Pasta with Zucchini and Turkey
This recipe is a great weeknight meal because it is quick, easy, and great to take into the office for your lunch the next day. It is perfect for those who are trying to lose weight, because it is light and contains a lot of lean protein from the turkey. If you want it to be even lower in calories and carbs, add more zucchini and remove some of the pasta! Find the recipe here.
We hope you take advantage of this summer season with zucchinis and a plethora of other vegetables at your disposal by using these recipes!