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Simple Swaps: 5 Ways to Use Zucchini Noodles Instead of Pasta

posted: 04/11/16
by: Briana Finelli
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    Eating healthier doesn't mean giving up your favorite foods! With our Simple Swaps series, we're teaching you unbelievably easy ways to swap out not-so-healthy ingredients for low-cal alternatives!

    And this week, we're taking on everyone's favorite carb-filled staple: pasta. Lucky for you, we've found the most delicious way to enjoy your spaghetti for half the calories.

    Zucchini noodles--also known as "zoodles"--are a healthy alternative to regular wheat pasta. Zoodles maintain a similar texture to regular pasta while providing some extra flavor, and you can recreate virtually any pasta type with zucchini.

    First, try this easy how-to from Elana's Pantry on how to make your own zucchini noodles at home, then check out these yummy recipes so you can whip up lighter versions of your favorite dishes.

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    Zucchini Spaghetti and Meatballs



    If you're still a little on the fence about trying zoodles, this classic recipe from Our Earth Land might be a good one to try out first for you and the family to give it a chance.

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    Thai Chicken Zucchini Noodles



    If you're looking for some added adventure to your pasta dishes, try out this thai recipe from Running to the Kitchen. With lots of flavors and textures along with a super quick prep and cook time, this recipe might just become one of your new favorites.

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    Spicy Bacon, Lettuce and Roasted Tomato Zucchini Pasta



    If you're a pasta lover like us, the burst of flavors in this recipe might make you forget you're eating zucchini instead of grains. For a pasta dish with a little bit of a kick, try out this recipe from Ditch the Wheat.

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    Zucchini Lasagna with Eggplant and Shiitake Mushrooms



    Sure, they might be called zucchini noodles, but like we said, the strips of zucchini can be fashioned into just about any shape or pasta type. Check out this recipe for zucchini lasagna from Our Earth Land to create yet another classic pasta dish with a twist.

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    Creamy Chicken Zucchini Fettuccine



    You can't go wrong with this classic pasta dish with a healthy twist. Check out this recipe from The Healthy Foodie for a super flavorful and low-calorie zoodle meal.