For busy weeknights, Healthy Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp One Skillet Dinner is fast, delicious, and so much better than takeout. We spiced this zucchini noodle recipe up with Peri Peri sauce for some added spicy heat.
We all need fast and easy meals we can get on the table, especially on busy weeknights. Takeout is so expensive, and most of the time we are totally disappointed with the quality and taste of the food. Don’t get me wrong, we do get takeout now and again (like when I want a nice variety of sushi), but for the most part, we ALWAYS cook at home.
This super easy zucchini and shrimp dinner comes together in a few minutes. I always have shrimp in the freezer. They are great to thaw in a hurry. Heat a wok (or any pan), sauté your ingredients, and in minutes dinner is on the table. It’s a great way to clean out any extra veggies kicking around in the fridge.
I am SUCH a carb lover, there is not a pasta, bread, potato or rice dish this girl won’t eat. Unfortunately, we are not meant to consume that many carbs (sad but true). Have you eaten zucchini noodles or “zoodles”? They are so much fun. Gluten free, healthy and easy on the carbs. Did you know zucchini is also called courgette? I remember Jamie Oliver referring to it that way and I had no clue what he was talking about. Looked like a zucchini to me.
When growing season is here, you REALLY need lots of zucchini recipes to use up the haul. They seem to grow crazy fast. One day they are small, and you go back in a couple of days to the garden (well I don’t since I’m not a gardener), and that little summer squash is now the size of a bowling pin.
Once hubby brought home this MASSIVE zucchini a friend gave him. I grated it, put it in bags and froze it. Did you know frozen zucchini works great in zucchini muffins? The best part is that you don’t have to blanch it, just grate and freeze.
Yes, you can bake lots of wonderful things with zucchini, but then we are back to the carb issue. Last year I bought a spiralizer to make noodles from the zucchini. My very first experiment was Greek Zoodle Salad. OMG, this has now become one of our favourite summer salads.
HOW TO MAKE ZUCCHINI NOODLES
Do you eat zucchini noodles (or any veggie noodle)? Not only are they healthy, they really are fun and easy to do. You can make them ahead of time (like 2-3 days) and have them ready and in the fridge. Perfect for throwing together this healthy zucchini recipe for dinner.
There are several ways to make your noddles:
- julienne peeler
- hand-held spiralizer
My preferred method is the spiralizer. I have used the mandolin, and it did work well. Hubby always has a fit when I bring this out. He is scared I am going to slice off part of my finger. Can you tell we watch LOTS of cooking shows? So, since he is so paranoid, it gave me a GREAT reason to get a new kitchen gadget. WIN for me (and hubby is more relaxed).
BEST WAY TO COOK & EAT HEALTHY ZUCCHINI NOODLES
These noodles (or you can make ribbons too) are REALLY easy to work with.
They can be:
- sautéed (like in this recipe)
- simmered (like in broth for soup)
- raw (like in salads)
- and even microwaved or baked
This recipe uses the sauté method. With the zucchini noodles and shrimp, I added leeks, red peppers, spinach and Peri Peri sauce. YOU can make this with whatever ingredients YOU like. Give it a try and see. Healthy Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp One Skillet Dinner takes the stress out of making dinner.
What is your favourite way to enjoy delicious zucchini noodles?
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Healthy Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp One Skillet Dinner
- 5 ounces leeks (thinly sliced)
- 8 ounces red pepper (thinly sliced)
- 1 pound zucchini (made into noodles)
- 1 pound shrimp (fresh or thawed from frozen)
- 4 ounces spinach
- 1/4 cup Peri Peri sauce
- 2 Tbsp avocado oil
Prepare you veggies and set aside.
Get your shrimp (cleaned or thawed) and ready to cook. Set aside.
**NOTE** Zucchini noodles can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for 1-2 days in a zip lock bag.
Heat a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat.
Add the sliced leeks. Cook until soft (about 5 minutes).
Add sliced red peppers. Cook for approximately 2 minutes.
Add Peri Peri sauce, and mix to combine.
Add shrimp and cook approximately 2 minutes.
Add zucchini noodles and cook approximately 3-4 minutes.
Add spinach and cook for 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
YOU can use any leftover veggies in this easy dinner recipe. Zucchini noodles work with everything. If you don't like your food spicy, use a honey garlic sauce, or just a simple soy or sweet chili sauce will work too.