Tomorrow’s New Year’s Eve and most likely, you’re doing one of three things:
1. At the gym, burning off a few more post-Christmas feast calories before squeezing into that New Year’s Eve outfit tomorrow.
2. At work, not doing actual work. You’re making a master New Year’s resolution list, setting goals, and scouring the Internet for tips on how to keep said resolutions.
3. Spending time with those you love, not thinking about anything else.
Now, if you fall into category #1 or #2, I’ve got a very helpful recipe roundup for you today that will help with those weight loss and maintenance resolutions for next year: low calorie spiralized recipes!
Following this roundup, check out my top tips for creating your own healthy spiralized recipes, geared towards those of us who would like to shed some of that extra weight we gained in 2014.
Also, check out this roundup of recipes under 350 calories.
Low Calorie Recipe Roundup
Top left: (98 calories) Apple Noodle and Tuna Bell Pepper Sandwich
Top right: (209 calories) Butternut Squash Noodles with Shredded Brussels Sprouts, Walnuts and Caramelized Onions
Bottom left: (257 calories) Zucchini Spaghetti with Crispy Prosciutto and Cauliflower
Bottom right: (263 calories) Roasted Beet Noodles with Pesto and Baby Kale
Top left: (208 calories) Shrimp Zucchini Pasta Puttanesca
Top right: (224 calories) Zucchini Pasta Primavera
Bottom left: (272 calories) Basil Pomodoro Zucchini Pasta with Chicken
Bottom right: (184 calories) Italian Zucchini Pasta Salad
Top left: (198 calories) Tomato Basil Broccoli Noodle and White Bean Salad
Top right: (183 calories) Summer Zucchini Pasta Salad with Greek Yogurt Herb Dressing
Bottom left: (274 calories) Basque Chicken with Potato Noodles
Bottom right: (232 calories) Quinoa Beet Rice Salad with Feta and Veggies
Top left: (292 calories) Daikon Noodles with Broccolini and Asian Pork Meatballs
Top right: (217 calories) Asian Peanut Zucchini Noodles with Chicken
Bottom left: (187 calories) Ahi Tuna Poke Cucumber Noodle Bowls
Bottom right: (194 calories) Sesame-Ginger Daikon Noodle Bowl with Bok Choy, Snow Peas and Shiitake Mushrooms
Top left: (207 calories) Spicy Asian Chicken Turnip Noodle Soup
Top right: (283 calories) Ginger Seared Salmon in Miso Broth with Zucchini Noodles
Bottom left: (172 calories) Black Bean and Butternut Squash Noodle Tacos
Bottom right: (262 calories) Shredded Chard, Apple Noodle and Pecan Salad
Top left: (272 calories) Thyme Beet Risotto with Walnuts
Top right: (297 calories) Roasted Salmon and Sweet Potato Rice Foil Packets
Bottom left: (205 calories) Vegan Zucchini Noodle Japchae
Bottom right: (211 calories) Teriyaki Chicken, Bok Choy and Corn Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry
3 Tips for Making Healthier Recipes
Many vegetables are high in water content, so they naturally work to detox your body by flushing out unwanted toxins. Therefore, spiralized meals are healthier from the get-go! However, there are many ways that you can make your spiralized recipes even healthier. Here are some of my favorite ways to do that:
1. Invest in a non-stick skillet. With a high-quality non-stick skillet, you can toss vegetable noodles straight into the pan and cook without having to use olive oil (which, although a healthy source of fat, adds additional calories to your dish.) Without a non-stick, the dainty vegetable noodles can stick to the bottom of the pan and break. Often, I’ll toss zucchini noodles in a skillet with just garlic powder and red pepper flakes for a quick bowl of pasta. I’ll top with lemon juice and a lean protein for a detoxifying, healthy dish.
2. Swap in Greek yogurt or avocado to add creaminess to your sauces. You’ve seen me make a creamy sauce with avocado here and a “fayo” (fake mayo) with Greek yogurt, here. It’s a way to give your pasta dishes that same soft creaminess, without having to use fattening and processed cream.
3. Use more spices. I’m always talking about this, but that’s because it’s a huge help – adding spices to your dishes instead of butter, cream and sugar (which I never use on this blog) amps up the flavor without adding processed nonsense. Also, spices have amazing nutritional benefits, such as anti-inflammation. My favorite spices are garlic powder, chili powder, oregano and cumin.
What are your top tips for making your recipes healthier?