Foodie Friday - Zoodles Recipes

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken
Via Closet Cooking

Have tried zoodles yet?   Zoodles are simply zucchini noodles.  They are made by using a handy kitchen gadget called a spiralizer. You may also be able to find them already made in the produce section at your local grocery store.  Zoodles are a wonderful gluten-free, grain-free, low carb alternative to noodles.  We've found some great zoodles recipes for you to try.  Enjoy!

Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Tomatoes and Grilled Chicken
Prep Time: 10 minutes 
Cook Time: 15 minutes 
Total Time: 25 minutes 
Servings: 4
Author: Closet Cookiing

1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 tablespoon oil
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
salt and pepper to taste
4 medium zucchini, sliced into noodles
1/2 cup basil pesto

Toss the tomatoes in the oil, salt and pepper, place on a baking sheet in a single layer and roast in a preheated 400F/200C oven until they start to caramelize, about 10-15 minutes.
Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste, grill it over medium-high heat, about 3-5 minutes per side, before setting aside to rest and slicing it.
Add the zucchini noodles to the pan and cook until just tender, about 1-2 minutes, stirring.
Toss the zucchini noodles, tomatoes and chicken in the pesto and enjoy!

Option: For One-Pan: Make this a one-pan meal by blistering the whole cherry tomatoes in the pan over medium-high heat until lightly charred on all sides and set aside before moving on to step two in the same pan.
Option: Omit the chicken.
Option: Use fresh tomatoes instead of roasted tomatoes. 

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Via Joyful Healthy Eats

Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Author: Krista  
Prep Time: 5 mins  
Cook Time: 10 mins  
Total Time: 15 mins  
Yield: 2-4 servings  

2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
1 lb. of chicken tenders, diced
2 tablespoons of grape seed oil
2 zucchini, inspiralized
1 large carrot, inspiralized
1 red pepper, julienned
1/3 cup of bean sprouts
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, diced
1/4 cup of green onions, diced
sesame seeds (for garnish)

Spicy Peanut Sauce:
1 garlic clove, minced
4 tablespoons of peanut butter
juice of 1 lime
3 tablespoons of coconut aminos (or tamari sauce)
2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro, diced
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon of red pepper flakes

In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, peanut butter, coconut aminos, lime juice, ground ginger, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add grape seed oil and chicken tenders. Saute each side for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit. Dice when cooled.
In the same large skillet over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons of grape seed oil, zucchini noodles, and carrot noodles. Flash stir fry for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove noodles and place in large bowl along with chicken, red pepper, bean sprouts, fresh cilantro, green onions, and spicy peanut sauce. Toss till all noodles are coated.
Serve and garnish with sesame seeds.

If you use tamari sauce, use 2 tablespoons instead of 3.

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi
Via Damn Delicious

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi 
Yield: 4 servings 
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
1/4 cup chicken stock
Juice of 1 lemon
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 pounds (4 medium-sized) zucchini, spiralized
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes.
Stir in chicken stock and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a simmer; stir in zucchini noodles until well combined, about 1-2 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

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