Healthy Spinach Pasta Recipe & 3 Other Spiralizer Recipes You’ll Love

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Obessions can be healthy, right? Because I am legitimately obsessed with this fancy new kitchen tool. It’s called a spiralizer, and maybe you’ve heard about it?

 

The spiralizer has been getting a lot of press lately: it’s a tool that turns your favorite vegetables – zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips, and more – into long spirals that are the perfect replacement for pasta. Raw, baked, sautéed, or steamed, there’s so much you can do with these spiralized veggies.

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I love the spiralizer because it’s revived my slightly tired repetoire of recipes. I love me some vegetables, but I was getting stuck in a rut. But no longer. The spiralizer has me feeling inspired and excited to make dinner again! I’ve loved reviving old pasta recipes that I had put away for good when I took refined carbs and pastas out of my regular diet.

 

If you’re interested in a spiralizer of your own, there are two different spiralizers I most often see on the market.

 

There’s a spiralizer from Inspiralized, which has multiple blades and runs about $50.

 

The second spiralizer (pictured above) is the one that I have. It’s the perfect entry model if you’re not sure you want to commit long-term. It’s just $15, and works like a charm! Note that if you’re cooking for a crowd or are short on time, you’ll want to go for the more expensive spiralizer.

 

What should you make with your sprializer? 

Today, I’m sharing with you 3 fabulous spiralizer recipes from around the web I know you’ll love, and also share my healthy take on mushroom pasta.

 

We’ve all seen mushroom pasta dishes at old school Italian joints. They’re not always the perfect picture of health. The mushrooms tend to be drenched in a buttery, oil-y sauce, and the dish is heavier on the pasta than on anything else. Plus, if you got this dish as your main course, you’d have an incomplete meal because there’s no good source of protein.

 

I’m so excited to reinvent this recipe for you. It’s packed with veggies – I use zucchini for the noodles (or “zoodles” in spiralizer speak!) and tons of fresh spinach. Brown lentils provide a burst of protein and and a savory flavor, and the recipe has tons of selenium-rich shiitake mushrooms. Nutritional yeast is my secret ingredient in this pasta. The yeast increases the umamai flavor and Vitamin B12, which helps boost your energy and isn’t found in any other plant-based foods.

 

Now let’s get on to the recipes! Here are 3 of my favorite spiralizer recipes from around the web:

Spiralized butternut squash with curried lentils and pumpkin seeds

spiralized butternut squash inspiralized recipe

Cucumber Noodle Salad with Avocado Dill Dressing from The Healthy Maven

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Zucchini Breakfast Pizza from The Pancake Princess

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And now…the recipe you’ve been waiting for:

Healthy Spinach and Mushroom Zoodle Pasta
 
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You may not see this recipe at an old-time Italian restaurant, but it's a much better version of the classic mushroom pasta. Zucchini noodles make it refined-flour free, and lentils add a boost of protein. Mushrooms are full of selenium, protein, and vitamin C - they're a nutritional powerhouse! Nutritional yeast gives the dish a delicious flavor without the need for cheese, and it has lots of vitamin B12 - a must-have vitamin for better energy.
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup sliced shiitake or Portobello mushrooms
  • 2 cups spiralized zucchini noodles
  • ¾ cup lentiles
  • 2 cups spinach
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp nutritional (Brewer's) yeast
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, sauté olive oil with mushrooms and salt in olive oil until soft (~5 min)
  2. Add zucchini noodles and lentils, stirring gently and cooking for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add spinach leaves, pepper, turmeric, and salt to taste. Cook until wilted (~3 min).
  4. Turn off the heat, add nutritional yeast and stir. Salt to taste.
  5. Serve immediately!

  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,   samantha attard sig


samantha attard happy healthy humanSamantha Attard, PhD, is the founder of Happy Healthy Human. Sam is a performance coach, yoga instructor, and makes delicious snacks to help you eat with intention. Learn more here.

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