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Low-Carb Gluten Free Garlic Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

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In a skillet, saute 6 cloves garlic in 1tbsp olive oil for 30 secs. Add1 lb shrimp, cook for 2-3 mins. Add 1/4 cup basil and parsley, ground pepper and lemon juice and keep aside. Saute garlic, tomatoes and chilli flakes in 1tbsp olive oil. Add 4 zucchini ribbons (drained in salt water for 15 mins). Cook for 5 min and add salt, pepper and lemon juice. Top with shrimp mix.

Are you a big fan of zucchini noodles or “zoodles”? If you said yes, then I’m sure you’ll LOVE these Garlic Shrimp Zucchini Noodles. This gluten-free and paleo friendly dish is incredibly simple, yet so delicious. Savor with fresh ingredients including zucchini, tomatoes, and shrimp. Perfect for a flavorful low-carb lunch or dinner!

Recipe For Garlic Shrimp Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients

  • medium-large zucchini topped, tailed & cut into ribbons with a julienne/vegetable peeler
  • tsp Salt
  • tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 lb raw shrimp peeled, defrosted (if frozen)
  • 12 cloves Garlic peeled and chopped with a chef’s knife or mezzaluna
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Parsley coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil coarsely chopped
  • cup grape tomatoes or very ripe Roma tomatoes cubed
  • 1/2- 1 tsp chili flakes
  • a squeeze of Lemon Juice
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Serves: 4

Directions

  1. Place zucchini ribbons in a colander and toss with 1 teaspoon salt; set on a plate to drain for 10-15 minutes. If using unpeeled shrimp (I prefer them – they taste fresher than peeled shrimp), peel now.
  2. In a large skillet on “high,” warm 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté half the garlic for 30 seconds, stirring.
  3. Add shrimp and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until the shrimp are cooked through. Don’t overcook, or they will get dry and rubbery.
  4. Stir in half the basil and parsley, grind some pepper on top and drizzle with a squeeze of lemon juice.
  5. Transfer to a small dish and cover to keep warm.
  6. Return the pan to high heat and add the second tablespoon of oil. Sauté garlic, tomatoes and chili flakes for a minute, stirring steadily.
  7. Add zucchini ribbons and cook for 5-6 minutes, until the zucchini are hot but remain al dente.
  8. Gently fold in the remaining basil and parsley, taking care not to break the fragile zucchini ribbons, and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice.
  9. Serve zoodles onto plates and top with shrimp.
  10. Alternatively, stir the shrimp into the hot zoodles and serve as a big all-in-one dish.

Prep While You Cook

Believe me, I enjoy prepping as little as you do! That’s why I usually chop and slice my ingredients while I’m cooking to save time, rather than getting everything ready ahead of time (e.g., while onion is browning, chop pepper; while pepper is cooking, chop tomatoes; while the tomatoes are cooking, slice zucchini; etc.). However, much like an Asian stir-fry, this dish is rather fast moving which is why it’s good to have all the ingredients at hand right away.

The good news is that this makes the dish very quick to prepare – just about 10 minutes! And the prepping isn’t that bad either – you’re looking at 20 minutes tops, less if you have a kitchen helper.

Meanwhile, this delicious low-carb, low-calorie meal is packed with powerfully health-protective plant compounds from zucchini, tomatoes and a crazy amount of garlic (don’t worry, it loses its pungency when it’s cooked). Enjoy hot, lukewarm or cold.

Try this tasty Garlic Shrimp Zucchini Noodles recipe today!

Jill Carnahan, MD

Dr. Jill is Your Functional Medicine Expert! She uses functional medicine help you find answers to the cause of your illness and the nutritional and biochemical imbalances that may be making you feel ill. Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with root cause of disease instead of just treating symptoms. Dr Jill will search for underlying triggers that are contributing to your illness through cutting edge lab testing and tailor the intervention to your specific needs as an individual. She may use diet, supplements, lifestyle changes or medication to treat your illness but will seek the most gentle way to help your body restore balance along with the least invasive treatment possible. She seeks to promote wellness and create hope, health and healing by working with you!

Jill Carnahan, MD

Dr. Jill is Your Functional Medicine Expert! She uses functional medicine help you find answers to the cause of your illness and the nutritional and biochemical imbalances that may be making you feel ill. Functional medicine is personalized medicine that deals with root cause of disease instead of just treating symptoms. Dr Jill will search for underlying triggers that are contributing to your illness through cutting edge lab testing and tailor the intervention to your specific needs as an individual. She may use diet, supplements, lifestyle changes or medication to treat your illness but will seek the most gentle way to help your body restore balance along with the least invasive treatment possible. She seeks to promote wellness and create hope, health and healing by working with you!