Yeah, I know. Zoodles with Kale and Lemon sounds too healthy to be awesome. We’re making “pasta” out of vegetables AND adding kale? Peace out.
But hold up. We’ve met, right? Have I ever said things like “Carob tastes just like chocolate” or “Pizza crust made out of meat tastes just like the real thing”? Nope, I would never. When perusing this blog or my cookbooks, do you find your self saying “I really want to eat better but all of this looks so bland and health-foody”? I’m guessing you don’t. Remember, I was into food wayyyyy before I was into nutrition, so loving the food on your plate is the numero uno priority for me.
What I’m saying is: Trust me on this! This is one of those super-healthy dishes that happens to taste really great. It’s a lovely side dish for any meat, and would be great as a light meal as well. It’s great at any temperature, making it the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or picnic.
Zoodles with Kale & Lemon
prep time: 15 minutes, plus time to sweat the zucchini noodles
cook time: 8-11 minutes
yield: 4 side dish servings
2 1/2 pounds zucchini (about 6 medium)
2 teaspoons salt
4-5 cloves garlic
1 bunch kale (about 1/2 pound)
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more for serving, if desired (optional, omit if AIP or avoiding pepper)
1/4 cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1/4 cup chopped basil or mint
freshly grated Parmesan, optional
- Using either a spiral slicer or julienne peeler, cut the zucchini into noodles
- In a large colander, using your hands, toss the zucchini with the salt. Place the colander in the sink or over a bowl to catch the liquid- The zucchini will release a lot of it, which means it won’t wind up watering down your dish later! Allow to sit for 30 minutes to one hour (this can be done ahead of time)
- Meanwhile, slice the garlic and clean, stem and chop the kale. Don’t completely dry the kale, a little bit of water clinging to the leaves will come in handy when you cook it.
- Once the zucchini has shrunk down to about half the original volume, rinse under cold water and squeeze out the excess liquid. I like to also squeeze it with some towels to get out as much liquid as possible.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown and softened.
- Add the kale to the skillet and turn the heat up to medium-high. Cook until softened, about 4-6 minutes, stirring often.
- Stir in the zucchini noodles and cook until warmed, about two minutes. Stir in the lemon juice and basil and turn off the heat.
- Serve with additional red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan, if desired.
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