Healthy meal plans now include spiralized vegetables as a stand-in for pasta. Many of us get pasta cravings from time to time. Why not try replacing them with vegetables that are in the shape of spaghetti noodles?
Healthy Meal Plans Focus on Vegetables
In case you’re new to the concept, spiralizing is the art of turning vegetables into noodles, using a kitchen gadget called a spiralizer. There are a lot of these newfangled gadgets on the market. Amazon has a wide variety of spiralizers to choose from. Healthy meal plans are much easier if you substitute vegetables for simple carbohydrates like pasta noodles.
Even restaurants like California Pizza Kitchen are offering vegetables as a pasta replacement. CPK’s pasta menu now includes Shrimp Scampi Zucchini, which is made with zucchini ribbons sautéed with lemon, garlic and white wine, tossed with fresh Italian parsley, Parmesan and a touch of fettuccine. I order this dish will all zucchini and no fettucine.
Spiralized vegetables are part of healthy meal plans for both vegans and vegetarians, as well as for people who have celiac disease and can’t eat gluten. Spiralized pasta is much lower calories and more nutritious and filling than pasta. It’s also easy and fun to make. Spiralizing also saves time because you don’t have to boil water, wait and then hope to get the cooking time just right
Healthy Meal Plan Recipe for Moroccan Spiralized Carrot Salad
This is a very easy side dish. Complete it with some lean protein like black beans, lentils, chicken or salmon. The carrots have a natural sweetness and the almonds add a nice crunch, while providing good fat to keep you feeling full.
Healthy Eating Meal Plans: Recipe for Moroccan Spiralized Carrot Salad
Ingredients (serves 2)
• 1 large carrot, spiralized or shaved with a vegetable peeler
• 1/4 cup raisins
• 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
• chopped parsley, to garnish
• For the dressing:
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 1 tablespoon vegetable broth
• 1/2 teaspoon cumin
• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
• 1/4 teaspoon honey
• salt and pepper
1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is heated, add the carrot noodles. Toss until fully wilted, about 7 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the dressing. Once carrots are wilted, add the dressing and raisins and toss well to combine, letting cook another 2-3 minutes to let the carrot noodles soak up the flavors.
3. Plate the carrot mixture onto a serving plate and garnish with almonds and parsley. Serve.
Nutrition (per serving)
Click here for the full spiralized recipe to add to healthy meal plans.