If you are one of those conflicted people who desperately want to cut down on carbs but also happen to be a major foodie – fret not. There is a vegetable out there that could potentially be your savior. Zucchinis, also called courgettes, are incredible- simply because you can make a range of replacement dishes out of them. Try out these ten delicious low carb alternatives that will trick your body during intense cravings.
1. Zucchini Noodles
Zucchini works great with a spiralizer because of its soft texture. If you don’t own a spiralizer – no worries, you can even cut the vegetable into long strips using a knife. Once the zucchini have been made into strips, they can be steamed or cooked in boiling water. Make sure to cook it for just about a minute or two. You can then season with salt and sauce and add a some fried tomatoes and onions. You
2. Zucchini Pasta
For some delicious zucchini pasta, cook the zucchini strips in olive oil for about a minute. Next, add pasta sauce and cream cheese and continue cooking for a few minutes. The zucchini texture helps in soaking in the sauces well. You can add mushrooms or other cooked vegetables and Italian seasoning according to your preference.
3. Zucchini Lasagna
This zucchini lasagna will even have Garfield asking for more. First, using a slicer or a knife, cut the zucchini into long slices and use it how you would use pasta sheets while making regular lasagna. The important factor to be noted in this process is that since zucchini has a high water content, it should be grilled before placing it in the oven. After grilling it,
4. Stuffed Zucchini
Cut the zucchini lengthwise into two equal halves. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and place it in a bowl. Add cooked minced meat, corn, mushroom and red pasta sauce. Mix it all up and stuff it back into the zucchini. Top with grated cheese and place inside the oven. Bake until cheese melts.
5. Mini Zucchini Pizza
Satisfy your pizza cravings with mini zucchini pizzas. Just replace pizza bread with zucchini slices instead! Cut the zucchini into thick disks and cook them for about a minute in olive oil. Once the disks are cooked, top them with cheese, bits of pepperoni and Parmesan. Heat them in
6. Zucchini Smoothies
If you’re already used to drinking green smoothies, try adding zucchini to the mix. If you prefer a regular smoothie, zucchini still works as it doesn’t have a strong taste of its own.
7. Zucchini Patties
Zucchini patties might just be Sponge bob’s next obsession. Use grated zucchini, beaten eggs, flour, chopped onions, grated cheese and a bit of vegetable oil to make a patty mixture. Then, place them on an oiled pan and heat until golden brown. Use these patties with burgers or you can even eat them straight.
8. Zucchini Fries
Get ready to toss those potatoes out. Cut Zucchini into thick strips like how
9. Grilled Zucchini Disks
Cut out zucchini disks and brush them with garlic sauce or pasta sauce. Add a few drops of lemon and grill them using a grilling pan. Flip them over to ensure that both the sides have been grilled and brushed. Season with oregano, salt and pepper.
10. Zucchini Crisps
If you happen to love snacking, then this recipe is for you. Cut the zucchini into circular slices and dip them in flour and then beaten eggs. Coat them with bread crumbs and deep fry them. They will turn out brown and crispy