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Skinny Garlic Parmesan Zoodles

Don't let the ease of this recipe fool you, it's sooo dreamy good.
02/16/2016 10:41am ET | Updated December 6, 2017
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Don't let the ease of this recipe fool you, it's sooo dreamy good. I love this so much, I make it several times a week. Not only does this decadent tasting recipe make a wonderful side dish to chicken, beef, pork or fish. It also works wonders as a substitute for pasta topped with any pasta sauce. Each serving has 135 calories, 8 grams of fat and 3 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Have you tried making zoodles, yet? They're noodles made from zucchini instead of using pasta. They are amazingly easy to make once you buy an inexpensive zoodle maker. Check out my shopping tips below for where to buy one.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Ingredients

2 large zucchini (12 ounces total to make 4 cups zoodles)

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

⅛ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

1. Prepare the zoodles. See prep and shopping tips, below. Place zoodles in a microwave-safe bowl and cook in microwave for about 2 minutes, until soft.

2. In a large, nonstick pan, heat olive oil. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and cook for about 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in softened zoodles. Toss to combine and heat about 30 seconds or so until hot and coated. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese and mix well.

3. Divide zoodles among 2 small plates or bowls and spread out a bit. Sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese.

Makes 2 servings

Prep Tips
The best and easiest way to make zoodles is with the Veggeti Spriral Vegetable Slicer. If you don't want to buy one, you can use a julienne peeler, vegetable peeler or mandolin. Using a vegetable peeler will make your noodles much wider but will still taste good.

Shopping Tips
Although there are many zoodle makers on the market, the easiest one to use and most inexpensive one is called Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer. It cost about $19.95.
You can buy it at Bed, Bath and Beyond. Be sure to use your 20% coupon to get it even cheaper! It's also sold at Target or for about $10.00 on Amazon.com.


Weight Watchers SmartPoints 3
Weight Watchers Points Plus 4
Weight Watchers (old points) 3

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving
135 calories, 8g fat, 1g sat. fat, 2mg chol, 4g prot, 16g carbs, 5g fiber, 58mg sod, 6g sugar

Note:
1. The nutrition facts were calculated on Spark People.com.
2. The Weight Watchers SmartPoints and Points Plus were calculated on CalculatorCat.com.

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