Rainbow Italian Zoodles and Sausage – Serves 4

Zoodles are the new noodles and now Sunday has gotten even healthier in my book!  Now you can have your pasta Sundays sans the guilt and gluten.  This meal is a great way to fuel up for the week and have some leftovers for lunch(es) and/or dinner(s).

Now grab a spiralizer and get to work!  I’m a fan of the Kinzi brand which is great for creating a healthy alternative to spaghetti by using various vegetables to become ‘noodle-like.’  Some vegetable options that are great for spiraling include zucchini, squash, carrots, and beets.

Rainbow Italian Zoodles and Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 3 yellow squashes (ea); raw and spiralized
  • 3 beets (ea); raw and spiralized
  • 3 carrots (ea); raw and spiralized
  • 4 c of cherry tomatoes; halved
  • 2 tbsp garlic; minced
  • 1/3 scallions; minced
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/2 c cilantro; minced
  • Eyeball amounts to create an Italian blend: chili powder, garlic powder, coriander, clove, garlic, cardamon, cumin, and salt
  • 12 oz sausage of choice

 

Methodology:

  1. In a saucepan combine the olive oil, garlic, cilantro, and scallions to simmer over medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes.  Toss in cherry tomatoes and cover saucepan allowing the tomatoes to cook in the oil mixture for 5-10 minutes.  Remove from heat.
  2. Saute the raw zoodles with a splash of olive oil until slightly tender then remove from heat.  Divide the zoodles into four portions.  Drizzle the tomato mixture over the zoodles.
  3. Cook sausage as usual and chop into various chunks.  Top the zoodles and tomato mixture with sausage.
  4. Happy Game of Thrones (GOT) watching day!

 

xxx – Sarah

Garlic Peppered Asparagus and Brussels – Serves 4

Have you been getting enough greens?  According to the new 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines it is recommended to consume 2.5 cups vegetables/day and within the week the intake of dark-green vegetables is 1.5 cups/week for the typical 2000-calorie American diet.  However if you’re anything like me and you’re active then I highly recommend more!  

This recipe is a sure way to reach your quota of dark-green vegetables.  In fact, it’s almost impossible to stop with one serving of these vegetables.

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If you don’t already know asparagus have been deemed as a natural diuretic and aid in excretion of fluids.  This antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient rich vegetable can be found in various colors such as green, purple, and white…  Some of benefits possibly include blood sugar reduction/decreased risk of type two diabetes, prevention of cognitive decline, assistance with food motility during digestion due to its fiber, and lowering the risk of heart disease.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound asparagus; ends trimmed off
  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts; root trimmed off then halved
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds; raw with shell removed
  • 1.5 tbsp garlic; minced
  • 1 tsp black pepper; crushed
  • EVOO – enough to douse vegetables

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Methodology:

  1. Preheat the oven to 415 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a bowl mix together all the ingredients listed above: Brussels sprouts, asparagus, pepper, pumpkin seeds, garlic, and EVOO.
  3. On a cooking sheet lay out the veggies.
  4. Roast in the oven for 20-25 minutes depending how crispy you want your vegetables.  Halfway through cooking use a spatula to move the veggies around so that they roast evenly.
  5. Serve with your protein and starch of choice.  As you can see I opted for a double portion of vegetables and paired with scallops (YUM x 100%).
  6. Happy bites y’all!

xxx – Sarah