I am in love with pasta ~ always have been…BUT the carbs seem to get in the way sometimes! Today is St. Patty’s Day and a green veggie dish this delicious is definitely in order! 🙂 YUM! Thank you SkinnyMs!
Zucchini Noodles Aglio et Olio
Yield: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1-3/4 cups
- 4 zucchini, sliced with a julienne peeler (about 4 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon almond flour or almond meal
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
- salt and black pepper, to taste
Place the julienned zucchini in a colander or wire strainer and toss generously with salt until the strands are lightly coated. Allow the zucchini to sit for 20- 30 minutes to remove excess water. Rinse with running water, drain well, and pat dry with paper towels. (You may be tempted to skip this step; I strongly advise against it. This step ensures tender, rather than watery, noodles.)
While the zucchini is sweating in the colander, heat a large skillet over medium- high heat, about 2 minutes. Add the coconut oil, and when it’s melted add the almond flour and a pinch of salt. Sauté, stirring often with a wooden spoon, until it’s toasty brown, about 2 minutes. Remove crumbs from the pan and save for garnish.
Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the prepared zucchini noodles. Sauté them in the dry pan, until just tender, about 1-2 minutes. Push the noodles to the side of the pan, and reduce the heat to low. Add the olive oil, garlic, and crushed red pepper, stirring with the spoon until the garlic is fragrant, about 20 seconds. Push the zucchini noodles into the oil, and stir gently until they’re coated. Turn off the heat and mix the parsley, salt, and black pepper into the noodles.
Sprinkle the noodles with the almond flour crumbs before serving. Slurping and ridiculously big bites are heartily encouraged.
Calories: 190 | Previous Points: 5 | Points Plus: 5 | Total Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 588 mg | Carbohydrates: 10 g | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 3 g