10 Low-carb veggie noodle recipes to try today
A bowl of noodles or pasta with sauce is one of the quickest and most delicious meals - but what about if you're trying to stick to a low carb diet or are carb-cycling? Veggie noodles are all the rage and if you're the proud owner of a Spiraliser, you'll be glad to hear there are far more options than just courgette pasta - you can use a whole range of vegetables. Topped with tasty sauces, these 10 recipes won't leave you feeling bloated and overloaded with carbs; if you don't have a Spiraliser, you can use a mandolin or even a grater.
A great alternative to courgette noodles, it takes just minutes to whip up a bowl of these green healthy cucumber noodles and the peanut sauce is made with ingredients you'll (hopefully) already have to hand. Use natural peanut butter with no added sugar or salt and you'll get the best result - the spices add plenty of flavour and you're using soy sauce too, which is salty enough! This makes a great lunch dish for the hot summer months; no slaving over a hot stove necessary. If you're taking this to work, keep the cucumber noodles chilled and pack the peanut sauce in a separate container to avoid soggy noodles.
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When you've got a bag of sweet potatoes lying around and are fed up baking them or making sweet potato fries (or even sweet potato brownies!) then give this healthy recipe a go. It's vegan, paleo, gluten-free and grain-free! Making pesto from leftover kale is a great way to use it up, and it's loaded wtih vitamin C and goodness. Sweet potatoes are a fantastic source of vitamin A for healthy skin and vision, and the resulting dish is pretty delicious.
This green curry uses cashew nuts and peas, served with a spicy sauce and sweet potato noodles - you'll find the best, most authentic green curry paste in Asian stores, but larger supermarkets usually have a range on offer to choose from too, so look out for some on your next weekly shop!
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Puttanesca, literally 'whore's pasta' was once served by women of the night to entice customers - this version is hot, spicy and loaded with antioxidants from the tomatoes. Rather than carb-heavy pasta, this dish uses parsnips, an often overlooked vegetable, to create delicious veggie noodles than soak up the sauce and taste really fresh. Yummy!
Ok, so peanut sauce is definitely a favourite here at Expertrain HQ, and we love this recipe which uses healthy carrot noodles. A great choice if you're eating a gluten-free diet, carrot noodles are easy to prepare, loaded with vitamin A and their sweet flavour complements a variety of sauces, like this spicy peanut sauce. Leave the dish veggie or add some chicken for a protein boost - a healthy, delicious dinner!
Avoid Chinese takeaway and whip up this delicious Lo Mein, with no waiting around! You'll save money too as you can make enough for leftovers, if you like. Prawns are low in fat and a great source of protein, whilst parsnip noodles add a healthy dose of nutrients and are a lighter alternative to carb-heavy egg noodles.
One thing pasta dishes are great for is times when you need some comfort food. But comfort food doesn't have to mean carb-laden, and this lighter take on an alfredo dish uses vitamin A-packed sweet potatoes. Because sweet potatoes are processed slowly by the body, they'll leave you feeling fuller (and more energised) for longer, so you can muster up the energy for that after-the-office gym workout or run! The creamy sauce is dairy free and uses almond milk, with good fats from the olive oil. Yum!
The coconut dressing turns this noodle dish into something rather special, and the good news is that you don't need loads of ingredients to put this meal together, so it's affordable too! The dressing uses coconut water and flesh, lime juice, cashews, spices and spring onions - it's creamy and delicious and we can promise you won't miss the carbs one bit!
If you're eating Paleo, you want to keep things as varied as possible, and this salad is one of the best we've come across, making the most of delicious beetroot! This is a great way to get your five-a-day as you can add whatever veggies you have to hand, and bacon too, if you're not vegetarian.
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This salad features three of our favourite ingredients - cucumber, avocado and cashews - what's not to love! The spicy, salty, sour, nutty dressing uses cashew butter, which is packed with protein and good fats, and avocado is also a rich source of monounsaturated fats, making this dish as healthy as it is delicious!