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Zoodles and Meat Sauce

Sometimes you just need a quick, easy, satisfying meal. This lightened up (yet totally satisfying) recipe calls for extra-lean ground meat instead of fattier meat and is served over a bed of spiralized zucchini noodles (zoodles) instead of pasta. Here is another wonderful recipe from the Culinary Institute of America! Eating healthy tastes and feels amazing!!!

Zoodles in Meat Gravy: 4 servings


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1¾ lbs. 99% lean ground turkey (Can use ground meat of choice)

  • 2 scallions, trimmed and minced

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 1 tsp Hungarian paprika

  • 1 tsp salt, divided

  • 1¼ cups diced tomatoes

  • ¼ cup chicken stock

  • ½ cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • ½ cup basil, chopped

  • 1¼ lbs. zucchini, cut or spiralized into “noodles”

  • 2 tbsp reduced-fat Parmesan cheese


  • Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick skillet, and cook ground turkey, stirring occasionally to break it up into smaller pieces.

  • Once the turkey has turned opaque, add the scallions, garlic, crushed red pepper, paprika and ¾ teaspoon of salt.

  • Add the tomatoes and chicken stock; cook for about 10 minutes until the sauce has thickened. Stir in the yogurt and basil.

  • In a separate skillet, quickly sauté the zucchini “noodles” until tender, about 2 minutes. Season with remaining salt.

  • Arrange the zucchini “noodles” on a plate and top with meat sauce. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve warm.



Total Time: 30 minutes

Per Serving: 360 calories | 55g protein | 15g carbohydrate | 11g fat

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Did you know studies show: Refined carbohydrates like processed grains are unhealthy? Studies show, refined carbs lacking in nutrients and eating them may lead to rapid spikes in blood sugar and insulin, increase risk of diseases that kill so many people each year.

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