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This recipe was made for lazy days! Just spiralize some zucchini, mix up a simple peanut sauce and let it chill. Bonus: Eat the whole bowl for under 150 calories.
Cold Sesame Zucchini Noodles
1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce
1 ½ tsp. plain rice vinegar
1 ½ tsp. powdered peanut butter
1 tsp. sesame oil
Half a packet natural no-calorie sweetener
¼ tsp. crushed garlic
⅛ tsp. ground ginger
10 oz. (about 1 large) zucchini
2 Tbsp. chopped scallions
1 tsp. sesame seeds
Optional topping: crushed red pepper
1. In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, powdered peanut butter, sesame oil, sweetener, garlic and ginger. Whisk with a fork until uniform.
2. Using a spiral vegetable slicer, cut zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles. (Or simply peel zucchini into super-thin strips, rotating the zucchini as you slice it.) Roughly chop for shorter noodles.
3. Place zucchini noodles in a medium bowl. Add sauce, and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 15 minutes.
4. Stir well, and top with scallions and sesame seeds.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 15 minutes
Entire recipe: 137 calories, 7.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 576mg sodium, 15g carbs, 4g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 7g protein
‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!