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Bruschetta Zucchini Pasta

February 7, 2014
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With my cut/diet in full swing now, I had to start thinking out of the box when it comes to my meals and NOT eating the same old things every single day.  Don’t get me wrong, I still eat a lot of the same foods day in and day out (because I really do love them AND frankly it’s just easier when it comes to tracking) but getting to throw in some variety every couple of days helps me get through the daily monotony of my repetitive meals.  Some people can prep and eat the same 4-6 meals every single day during a diet/cut, but I know me and my LOVE for food (and eating).  I need the constant variety. Without it, I know eventually I would get tired and resentful of feeling that I have to eat the same things every day.  The beauty of being a flexible eater is knowing you can change your meals up anytime you want and enjoy the foods you have always loved without being restricted (as long as you can make them fit within your nutritional daily needs/macros).  I know plenty of girls who literally eat egg whites, brown rice, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, and tilapia all day/everyday out of tupperware for an entire competition prep (anywhere from 6-15 weeks).  If that works for them and they are happy to do it, I am nobody to judge however that’s not my path or how I have chosen to diet.  To save my sanity and perk up my tastebuds a bit as I near my 1/2 way mark, I thought I would reach into my old recipe arsenal and reinvent a few things that I absolutely love!

Luckily this dish was already almost entirely healthy anyways so not many tweaks needed to be made…

One of my go to “easy entertaining” snacks to prepare has always been bruschetta.  It’s such a fast and flavorful little appetizer dish that continues to be a big hit with friends and my family when they come over.  A couple of weeks ago, I got a craving for some but instead of the regular toasted baguette slices I would have normally had with it, I thought the concept would be perfect on some raw zucchini noodles and served as a “pasta” dish.  I was right… this was so delicious.  I added chicken to mine, but this can easily be a vegan or vegetarian dish that will definitely have you craving more after your last bite!  I definitely could have allowed for the baguette slices on my diet but chose to go with some extra veggies and save my carbs for ice cream instead!  Thank you flexible dieting!!!!

Here is my new take on a lower carb bruschetta!

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Raw Bruschetta Zucchini Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 Large roma tomato roughly chopped
  • garlic clove finely chopped
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 chicken breast (** OPTIONAL **)

Directions

Step 1
Combine all topping ingredients into a small bowl (chopped tomato, basil, spices, olive oil, and garlic). Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
Step 2
"spiralize" or peel your zucchini.
Step 3
Add topping to "pasta" and mix until coated. Serve with chicken if you like.

Note

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION (not including chicken): calories 153, carbs- 19 g, protein- 3, fat- 8 g

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Rhonda Harris
    February 8, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    How do you prepare the ingredients?

    • Reply
      corina
      February 8, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      HI Rhonda

      The instructions are listed blew the ingredients but there isn’t much to it! Just combine all of the ingredients, spiralize the zucchini and then top it! Easy peasy!

  • Reply
    Rhonda
    February 12, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Apparently I am blind 🙂 can’t wait to try it out!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    November 5, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I’m so excited I came across your blog! This may be a silly question, but do you need to cook the zucchini before or after you cut it? I’m guessing no because it doesn’t say that but I just wanted to make sure.

    • Reply
      corina
      November 6, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      You don’t have to but I usually sauté them for 1-2 minutes just because I like them a little softer!

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