August 4, 2015
Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles
Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles! You are going to love these easy, low-carb noodles. #zoodles #healthy #vegetarian | www.delishknowledge.com


Ever return from vacation and find yourself craving all the vegetables? Well, that’s me. After saying yes to just about every Mai Tai that came my way last week, I’m ready to hit the produce aisle hard.

It’s amazing the shift that happens the moment I cross back into my driveway. Bags aren’t even unpacked yet and I’m already craving my normal routine, gym time, and lots of fresh, clean tasting food.

To help me get back into the swing of things, I created these zucchini noodles that are so unbelievably zesty and earthy you’d have a hard time believing they are made almost entirely out of vegetables. Ribbons of freshly spiralized zucchini in a tomato-olive sauce, tossed with just the right amount of basil, oregano, capers and tangy feta cheese.

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles! You are going to love these easy, low-carb noodles. #zoodles #healthy #vegetarian | www.delishknowledge.com

The moment people find out I’m a Registered Dietitian, they run down a quick list of must-know questions: What do you think of the Paleo diet? Should I be taking a vitamin supplement? and my favorite- What diet is best? 

While I think the word diet sounds a lot like nails on a chalkboard, I love responding to this question because I think that so many of us suffer from diet overload. No matter where you look –instagram, twitter, blogs, the news– everyone is talking about the latest and greatest diet. I have two degrees in nutrition and over 10 years of experience and I still get confused sometimes. It shouldn’t have to be this difficult.

It’s also why I like to bring the conversation back to nutrients- let’s focus on what we should eat, not what we shouldn’t. In essence, it’s rather simple: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins. Those are the cornerstones of my diet and what I emphasize when talking to clients as well.

Of course, we can split hairs on what we consider to be the best source of lean protein, grains, ect. but at the end of the day if most of your food fits into the above categories, you are on the right track.

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles! You are going to love these easy, low-carb noodles. #zoodles #healthy #vegetarian | www.delishknowledge.com

The Mediterranean diet is the closest thing that I see come close to these ideals. I love that it doesn’t place much emphasis on restricting calories and instead highlights real food like vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Olives, of course, are a staple of the Mediterranean diet- and with good reason. While we tend to think of olive oil as a great source of healthy monounsaturated fat, I prefer to cut out the middleman and head straight to the source- whole olives. They provide a healthy source of Vitamin E, iron, Vitamin A, fiber, and are naturally cholesterol-free.

While I love throwing California Ripe Olives into pasta, they are also a great on their own! My two-year old niece constantly reminds me how great olives are for snacking as she constantly is begging my sister for olives. I totally get it. When throwing together this pasta, it was almost impossible for me not to eat half the jar of olives as I sliced them! Salty goodness at it’s best.

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles! You are going to love these easy, low-carb noodles. #zoodles #healthy #vegetarian | www.delishknowledge.com

Besides being so healthy, this pasta comes together in just 20 minutes. Another post-vacation must. 

While the sauce is cooking, start spiralizing the noodles. You are welcome to use a vegetable peeler or mandoline here instead but if you like zucchini noodles and make them often, I recommend getting a spiralizer.

There’s no wrong way to enjoy these zucchini noodles so take whatever path suites you best. I love the zucchini strands slightly softened so I toss them with the hot sauce in a skillet for a few minutes. This allows the noodles to absorb more of the saucy flavor and cook down enough that they feel like al dente spaghetti. If you prefer more crunch than a chew, keep them raw.

Stir the zucchini noodles into the tomato sauce and the add the star of the show- sliced California Ripe Olives. To garnish, I overload with lots of basil and feta cheese to really bring out the Mediterranean flavors. Dairy-free? No problem, just leave out the cheese.

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles! You are going to love these easy, low-carb noodles. #zoodles #healthy #vegetarian | www.delishknowledge.com

If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking! 

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Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles! You are going to love these easy, low-carb noodles. #zoodles #healthy #vegetarian | www.delishknowledge.com

Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: pasta, noodles, zoodles, glutenfree, italian

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Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles! You are going to love these easy, low-carb, vegetarian noodles. For more ways to incorporate olives into your everyday cooking, check out the large collection of recipes here.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: pasta, noodles, zoodles, glutenfree, italian
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: pasta, noodles, zoodles, glutenfree, italian
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Ingredients

  • 4 zucchini, spiralized
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. capers
  • 1/4 cup sliced California Ripe Olives
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/8 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced basil leaves.
  • 1/2 cup feta (omit for dairy-free version)

Instructions

  1. Spiralize the zucchini and place in a large bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and garlic and stir until tomatoes have softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the basil and feta and cook another 5 minutes.
  4. Toss the sauce with the zucchini strands and stir in the feta and basil.
  5. Serve immediately.

Notes

For leftovers, store the sauce and zucchini strands separately.

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Meet Alex Caspero

Alex Caspero is a Registered Dietitian, Plant-Based Chef and Yoga Instructor. She aims to cut through the nutrition noise by providing real-life, nourishing tips for body and mind. Learn more about Alex.

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  1. Nice post. I learn something totally new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day.
    It’s always useful to read content from other writers and practice something from other web sites.

  2. Looks so good. One question; how many cups of zucchini do you think you use? (I grow my own and pick them at all different sizes.)

  3. I don’t really follow any of the diet fads, rather, I take inspiration from some of them! I do love the typical foods eaten when practicing the mediterranean diet. Olives, olive oil, fresh veggies and little meat, it’s perfect for me! These mediterranean zucchini noodles look wonderful, Alex! I need to make some more zucchini noodles so I can give this a try!

  4. Why have I STILL never tried zucchini noodles?? Love the Mediterranean twist on this Alex! Bring on the olives!

  5. yum!! I had to laugh at your comment about coming back from vacation wanting all the veggies. I just got back from a week in Disneyland so yeah…just hook me up to a kale IV. 🙂

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