It turns out I have a minor (major?) obsession with zoodles (zucchini noodles). I eat them every day... sometimes multiple times.There is something about diving into a HUGE bowl of "pasta" that makes me so darn happy.
I think part of it is when I think back to when I was overweight and desperately trying EVERYTHING to lose weight, pasta was on the "bad foods" list, and it felt like I was doing something "wrong" when I ate it.
So you can bet that whenever I was in a weak moment I couldn't have just 1 cup of pasta... I'd have to have 2 or 3 or who even knows. A LARGE bowl. Cue in the guilt, anger, frustration, and disappointment...
That is what is so great about zoodles! You can have that HUGE serving and never feel guilty because they are so low in calories.
Only 30 calories for a cup compared to 200 or more for a cup of regular pasta!
That way, you don't feel restricted and then like you have done something "wrong" on your weight loss journey which could potentially make you feel so guilty that you now throw away that whole day (or week or month) and decide that since you already messed up, you might as well eat a whole pizza for dinner. And then cake. And maybe a brownie or two...
Next thing you know you've gained back all the weight you had lost and then some. AND you're really really upset with yourself.
Does this sound familiar? Zoodles are (one of) the cures for this horrendous cycle!
Ok so back to this salad... it is SO DELICIOUS. It is light and refreshing but loaded with healthy goodness!
It's the perfect mix of savory and peanutty flavors with a lovely hint of sweetness.
It features my Skinny Peanut Sauce, which I believe is the best peanut sauce EVER and the only peanut sauce you will ever need or want in your life. It's also great because it's ready in about one minute!
You are going to loooove this amazingly perfect peanutty salad. It is:
& so incredibly delicious!
Cost per serving: $0.72
Calories per serving: 206
Equipment you'll need: small mixing bowl, large mixing bowl, spiralizer (or something to make zucchini into noodles with like a julienne peeler or mandolin slicer)
THAI PEANUT ZUCCHINI NOODLE SALAD
- Prepare Skinny Peanut Sauce in small mixing bowl, and add water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired salad dressing thickness is reached.
- Combine all ingredients except peanuts in large mixing bowl, top with salad dressing, and toss well.
- Top with peanuts, and serve.
3 medium zucchini, spiralized
1 carrot, spiralized
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 block extra firm tofu, drained and cubed
1/2 cup Skinny Peanut Sauce + 1-2 Tbsp water
1/2 cup peanuts
1. Prepare Skinny Peanut Sauce in small mixing bowl, and add water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired salad dressing thickness is reached.
2. Combine all ingredients except peanuts in large mixing bowl, top with salad dressing, and toss well.
3. Top with peanuts, and serve.