Spinach & Tomato Zoodle Pasta
Quick and healthy dinners are kind of my thing 😛 (check out my e-cookbook to see what I mean!). actually, quick anything is my jam. The truth is, with two little kids I just don’t have time to be messing around and wondering what’s for dinner. There needs to be a plan.. which is why I love this zoodle dish!
Do you remember those old cans of zoodles?? You know, the mini noodles in the shape of batman or Scooby Do`s in the creepy “tomato” sauce? I used to eat those every single day. With my white bread to dip into it.
Seriously, Every. Single. Day. Mainly, because they were fast, moderately tasty and I could microwave them.
They now make me cringe.. what is in those?!
Anyways, now-a-days the word “zoodles” has a whole new meaning to it!
If you don’t already own a spiralizer.. get one!
These little beauties make meals so much fun and it’s an insanely easy way to help sneak veggies into their diets. I honestly adore my spiralizer.
Not because I think everyone needs to eat a low carb, keto or paleo diet (though spiralizers do help on that front!) but because it helps get more veggies into your day. And plant based eating is really an awesome way to go. Not only do you eliminate a lot of processed foods when you switch over to plant based diets but you also boost your nutrient intake. It’s a win all around.
It also helps keep things gluten free if you need it- did I mention that?
Buy one. Buy one now 😉
Okay, but back to the zoodle pasta.
Spinach and tomato pasta is a staple in my house because it’s so freaking easy. The sauce takes about ten minutes to make and then you’re pretty much done. So if you need a fast but healthy dinner, this is it.
And while I never thought I’d say it, I personally love kicking up the heat in this dish. While it calls for only a teaspoon of red pepper flakes, I do like to add more as I’ve come to love the flavor. Given I used to hate spice, this is huge <– clearly I’ve come a long way from my canned pasta concoction days!
And since the base of this recipe is pretty much red pepper flakes, veggies and garlic, you’re well on your way to health and immune boosting awesomeness!
Garlic is one of those foods that should be in regular rotation in your diet. A lot of it. It has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and helps fight colds (and disease) extremely well.
On the health factor, this dish has a ton of nutrients. Spinach, zucchini and tomatoes keep you pretty balanced and sundried tomatoes just give it a bit of yumminess.
Honestly, this zoodle pasta is just simple, easy and delicious. If you haven’t tried zoodles get on it. You can use your spiralizer with sweet potatoes, carrot or zucchini and all make amazingly healthy alternatives to traditional noodles.
While I haven’t included any protein in this recipe, feel free to throw in what you have (chicken, tofu, tempeh etc).
I’m a meat eater but I’m also a firm believer in eating a plant based diet. Plants give us nutrients and building blocks to stay healthy.. and so does this dinner recipe!
Ingredients in the Zoodle Pasta
- 3 zucchini
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
- 1-1.5 cup spinach, chopped
- 5 cup chopped tomatoes
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How To Make The Tomato Zoodle Pasta
Spiralize the zucchini into noodles and place in a bowl.
Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium to high heat. Add in the red pepper flakes and cook 2-4 minutes.
Add in the garlic and tomato- it should sizzle once added.
Cook 2-3 minutes.
Add in the sundried tomatoes, spinach and zucchini.
Cook until zucchini noodles are heated through and spinach is slightly wilted.
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This spinach and tomato zoodle pasta makes the perfect quick and healthy dinner. Loaded with plant based nutrients (hello veggies!) this zoodle pasta comes together in under thirty minutes and tastes great.