Put pasta on hold for healthy dinner ideas that cut down on time while adding more nutrients to your diet. All you need is a spiralizer!
When you’re craving a big bowl of noodles, but aren’t so excited about the cooking time or the calories and carbs, spiralized vegetables are your BFF. Made in a flash (just run your veggies through a spiral vegetable slicer and enjoy raw or quickly heat), these vegetable noodles are an easy way to add more produce to your day.
And while we love trying out fancy new recipes (try one of these 12 Sensational Spiralized Veggie Recipes) sometimes we just want a quick combo that pulls together in minutes. So we asked Ali Maffucci, the founder of Inspiralized, for some of her favorite creative pairings for different spiralized veggies. Each includes a veggie noodle base, a sauce, a protein, and extras like additional veggies, nuts, or seeds. (Before you toss everything together, make sure you know The Anatomy of a Perfect Bowl.)
Combo #1: Zucchini Noodles + Pesto + Chicken + Cherry Tomatoes + Toasted Pine Nuts
The classic combo of pesto, chicken, and cherry tomatoes gets a low-carb makeover.
Combo #2: Beet Noodles + Honey Dijon + Bacon + Crumbled Gorgonzola + Pecans
Sweet beets and salty bacon make a perfect flavor match.
Combo #3: Carrot Noodles + Tahini Dressing + Edamame + Broccoli + Scallions
Look for large carrots at the farmers market; they'll spiralize more easily than thin ones.
Combo #4: Cucumber Noodles + Miso Vinaigrette + Tofu + Mushrooms + Sesame Seeds
Give this Asian combo an extra punch of flavor with a drizzle of sesame oil.
Combo #5: Sweet Potato Noodles + Parmesan Garlic Sauce + Fried Egg + Asparagus + Red Pepper Flakes
An egg on top takes any noodle dish up a notch.
Combo #6: Broccoli Noodles + Teriyaki Sauce + Shrimp + Water Chestnuts + Shredded Carrots
Spiralize the broccoli stalk then toss the florets in with the dish!
Combo #7: Daikon Radish Noodles + Pad Thai Sauce + Chicken + Peanuts + Sliced Bell Peppers
Thai takeout, you've met your match with this veggie-packed version.