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Get The Most Out Of Your Summer Zucchini Harvest With These Low-Carb Zucchini "Pastas"

Can you get any healthier than "pasta" from the garden?

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Low-Carb Zucchini "Pasta" 4 Ways

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Creamy Tomato Basil Zucchini "Linguini"

Servings: 2

INGREDIENTS

Zucchini “Linguini"

2 zucchinis, peeled

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 chicken breast, diced

1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon dried basil

Creamy Sauce

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup chicken broth

½ cup Greek yogurt

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

½ teaspoon dried basil

PREPARATION

1. Use a peeler to thinly slice zucchini into “linguini” noodles. Set aside in a bowl and mix with salt. Let sit for 20 minutes to draw moisture out of the noodles. Drain the zucchini with a clean dish cloth or paper towels.

2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add in chicken breast, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook until no longer pink. Add in zucchini noodles, cherry tomatoes, and dried basil. Cook for an additional minute and remove from heat. Set aside in a bowl.

3. Heat olive oil for for the creamy sauce in the skillet. Add in garlic cloves and cook for about 30 seconds. Add in chicken broth to cool skillet, and reduce heat to low. (This step is important: if skillet is too hot, the Greek yogurt will curdle, so allow it to cool down before adding it in).

4. Add in Greek yogurt, Parmesan, and dried basil. Mix until well combined. Add in the chicken, zoodles, and tomato mixture. Mix together and then remove from heat.

5. Serve and garnish with fresh chopped basil (optional).

6. Enjoy!

Zucchini Shrimp Scampi

INGREDIENTS

4 medium zucchini

1 tablespoon oil

1 pound (500 grams) medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 cloves garlic, minced

¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth

1 lemon, juiced

Parsley, for garnish


PREPARATION

1. Using a coarse cheese grater, slide the zucchini down the grater, shaving of long strips. Rotate the zucchini constantly, grating all sides, until you reach the seeds in the center.

2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large, nonstick skillet.

3. Add the shrimp in and season with the salt, black pepper, red pepper, and garlic. Sautée the shrimp, until they evenly begin to show a pink color, about 3 minutes.

4. Pour in the chicken broth and lemon juice and let the liquid come to a simmer.

5. Add the zucchini noodles and stir until everything is combined and the shrimp are fully cooked.

6. Sprinkle with chopped fresh parsley leaves and serve.

7. Enjoy!

Chicken Pesto and Zucchini “Pasta”

Servings: 4

INGREDIENTS

4 cups basil

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup pine nuts

2 cloves garlic

½ lemon, juiced

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

½ cup olive oil

Oil

3 zucchini

1 cup cherry tomatoes

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped

PREPARATION

1. In a food processor, combine the basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and olive oil. Pulse until smooth texture. Set aside.

2. With a vegetable peeler, shave ribbons of the zucchini until you reach the seeds. Set aside.

3. Slice the cherry tomatoes and set aside.

4. Heat a skillet over medium high. Add a little oil to the pan, the chicken breasts, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken is cooked through and browned on all surfaces.

5. Turn off the heat and add the cherry tomatoes, pesto, and zucchini ribbons. Toss until well combined and heated through.

6. Enjoy!

Zucchini "Linguini" With Roasted Shrimp

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 zucchini squashes

1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined

½ yellow bell pepper, sliced thin

1 lime, juiced (about 2 tablespoons)

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

2 tablespoons olive oil

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.

2: Using a vegetable peeler, peel long strips from the zucchini.

3: In a large bowl, mix the zucchini strips, shrimp, bell pepper sliced, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and olive oil until the mixture is evenly coated.

4: On a roasting tray, spread the mixture into one even layer and bake for 8 minutes.

5: Enjoy!

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