For many of us following a keto, or low carb diet, giving up pasta can be extremely challenging! I mean who doesn’t love a giant bowl of noodles with your favorite sauce?? I get it, it’s delicious, but what if I told you that you there is a pasta out there that has almost zero carbs, and tons of nutrients….? Ok, so it’s not exactly the real deal, but if you’re craving pasta it’s a perfect alternative that will satisfy your craving, and won’t kick you out of ketosis! Zoodles are the perfect replacement for any pasta dish and are full of nutrients like vitamins A and C, Fiber and polyphenols.
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">So much cheese? You ask..</p></h4>
When starting a ketogenic diet, you’ll notice cheese being a common ingredient in many recipes. This is because most cheeses are low in carbs, making them perfectly acceptable for the keto meal plan. Like all dairy foods, cheese provides calcium and protein, as well as some vitamin A, B12, riboflavin, zinc and phosphorus. Full fat cheese also contains Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a healthy fat that has multiple health benefits!
<h5> Garlic-More than just a burst of flavor:</h5>
Garlic has been used for thousands of years and for good reason. It has many medicinal values, high in nutrition and tastes amazing! Most of its medicinal values where from when garlic was chopped, crushed or chewed but is highly nutritious containing Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Selenium and more in just a 1 ounce service! In just this small serving it comes with only 42 calories and 1.8 grams of protein and 9 grams of carbs. Garlic is also known for boosting the immune system, reduce blood pressure, improves cholesterol and even contains antioxidants known to combat Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Garlic is a wonderful addition to any meal and the nutritious benefits are out of this world in such a tiny package!
<h4><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Creamy Garlic Parmesan Zoodles</p></h4>
<h5>Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook | Time: 5 minutes | Makes: 4 cups</h5>
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Ingredients:</p></h5>
* 1 Tablespoon butter
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* 4 oz cream cheese
* 2-3 Tablespoon milk
* 1⁄4 cup Parmesan cheese
* 4-5 medium zucchini, spiralized salt & pepper to taste
* sliced cherry tomatoes for garnish
<h5><p style="color: rgba(20, 117, 135, 1)">Instructions:</p></h5>
1. In a large pan, melt butter over medium low heat. Then add minced garlic.
2. Let the garlic and butter cook together for a minute or so, then add cream cheese and milk.
3. Allow the cream cheese to melt and start forming a simple sauce.
4. Add in all the zucchini noodles. Toss the zoodles to coat with the sauce.
5. Add Parmesan cheese and cook all together, just until the noodles are barely fork tender and all the cheese has melted.
6. Serve immediately and enjoy!