This is a great way to eat a "pasta" type of dish without the gluten and with less carbs in general. This recipe is also vegetarian but you can totally sub the beans for ground turkey, chicken breast, or any favorite protein. Salmon would be good too! The sauce in this dish is also amazing. Make it a staple sauce for any meal to top it with extra flavor. It could even be a salad dressing.
Zucchini Noodles with Herb Sauce
This is about 3-4 servings but in my opinion if you workout you can get away with more just by yourself!
3 zucchini or summer squash (pictured here is summer squash)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced
1 pint sliced baby portabello mushrooms
1 can butter beans (or white cannellini beans)
handful fresh italian parsley
handful fresh basil
1-3 peeled garlic cloves (depends on your preference)
1 lemon, just the juice
red pepper flakes
julienne peeler or spiralizer
blender or nutribullet
The Herb Sauce:
In a blender or nutribullet (note: the bullet will make a creamier sauce) add in the fresh parsley, basil, lemon juice, garlic cloves, 2 tsp olive oil, salt, pepper, and pepper flakes to taste. Blend up until you get a saucy consistency. In a regular blender it might be a bit leafy but that's ok! Taste test to see if it needs anything to your liking- like more salt/pepper or more basil. Leave off to side.
In a large pan heat 2 tsp of oil (or use spray if you are watching your fats). Add in the mushrooms and a little sea salt to get them going. When they start to get fragrant and brown, add in the sliced cherry tomatoes. When the liquid from the veggies starts to bubble, add in the beans and stir carefully as canned beans can break apart. Once the beans are heated through, add in your zoodles. Once again, stir carefully and combine all the veggies together. Only cook the zucchini for a few minutes until warmed through... you don't want soggy noodles! Now add in all of your herb sauce and coat the veggies. Let it once again all get warm and you are done. Remember to taste before serving in case you feel it needs anything. You can also top the meal with some extra fresh herbs and parmesan cheese.