If you’re reading this article, chances are you already know that pasta and “lean, clean, weight-loss machine” go about as well together as water and cooking oil. For some, giving up pasta is a notable sacrifice to make, especially if you’re new to the world of bodybuilding or weight training. And especially if your taste buds haven’t yet acquired a liking for restriction or deprivation. Abs are made in the kitchen, you know.
That’s exactly why I’ve pulled together 3 noodle-free recipes. As it turns out, you can have your noodles and a six-pack, too. The first recipe is amazing. If you love pesto, you’ll love this!
Each of these recipes calls for a ‘spiralizer’ that will transform your veggies into “noodles.” Don’t worry: this isn’t some crazy expensive kitchen utensil only to be found in specialty stores. In fact, you might already have one! A julienne peeler is simply a vegetable peeler with a horizontal blade that slices fruit or veggies into long strips. You can buy one anywhere that has kitchenware for around $7-$20. If you’re inspiralized by the recipes, there are more robust options available.
Pesto Pasta Fettucini
Serves: 2 / Total time: 15 mins
2-3 large zucchini
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons pine nuts
1 cup basil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
4 cloves garlic (peeled)
2-3 large zucchini
1 teaspoon salt
1. Use julienne peeler to create your ‘noodles.’ You can lightly steam the noodles or leave them raw (the best way, of course!). For both options set the noodles aside on paper towels to drain excess water.
2. Combine the basil, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, pine nuts, and garlic in the blender. Blend until completely smooth.
3. Combine the noodles with your pesto and stir evenly using your hands. Add salt to taste (optional).
4. Toss and plate the noodles, with a sprig of basil on top.
Tip: For some added protein, include 1-2 tablespoons of raw, hulled hemp seeds to your pesto mix. Make a bunch and enjoy your leftovers as a cold pesto pasta salad!
Bonus: Lemons have a strong antibacterial and immune boosting function. Often people use lemons (lemon water in particular) for weight loss because it is an excellent digestive