Happy summer everyone! Ready for the best Simple Garlic Lemon Zoodles recipe? As we head into farmers market season with fresh produce everywhere in the city, it is a great time to enjoy lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Dietitian food bloggers are writing about the abundance of summer produce and show our readers how we’re serving the bounty of gardens and orchards in shapes like ribbons, noodles, cut-outs, or other creative cuts. Of course I’m joining in the fun! This is a recipe you need on busy summer evenings for a quick, simple, delicious dinner.
Have you tried spiralizing yet? Zucchini is easy because it’s really soft and creating “noodles” from them is very quick. You can also spiralize beets, sweet potatoes, carrots and other squash. I created super Simple Garlic Lemon Zoodles for quick summer dinners that require minimal heat to prepare. Zucchini often grows in the garden and spiralizing makes them a bit more user friendly. Everyone always asks me about my favorite spiralizer and I say my Paderno. You’ll find them for around $30 and it is so easy to clean, assemble, and use. Get creative – this is such a fun way to eat your veggies!
The nice thing about spiralizing is that you really cut back on carbohydrate and calories. Not that carbohydrates are bad! Just sometimes we get out of balance with it. The challenge with pasta or zoodles is that there’s no protein there, really. You definitely need to add a source so I’ll do veggie crumbles or add tofu to balance it out and also stay more full for longer.
Now you know what to make with all that zucchini in your garden, enjoy these simple garlic lemon zoodles for dinner this week! My other favorite zoodle recipe is tofu zoodle stir fry with peanut sauce if you need more ideas for how to get creative with your veggies.
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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