Monday, September 29, 2014

My Favorite 15-minute Meal (right now): Cheesy Pesto Zoodles (gluten-free, vegan-friendly)

These days, I don't have time to spend hours and hours in the kitchen to cook a meal. Between schooling, working, volunteering, studying, friending, boyfriending, and the occasional zoning out...ain't nobody got time for that. 

So lately, I've been keeping it simple. And I'd like to share my not-so-secret weapon for easy, quick, nutritious meals: the spiralizer (and this is the exact one I purchased).

Yup. It's back. It never left. And it's not going anywhere. Sorry (but not sorry) to my midwestern fellow.

My favorite meal right now is no-fuss, easy to throw together, and absolutely delicious! Here is how I make it happen in 15 minutes in my tiny kitchen.

The finished product

Side note: you could easily make this recipe by subbing spaghetti squash for zucchini noodles, especially if you don't have a spiralizer. But, I highly recommend getting a spiralizer - it's so affordable!

I spiralize my zucchini and create beautiful zoodles. I place them in a bowl, and heat them up for a minute to get some of the water released. Then, I take a paper towel and squeeze the zoodles as they release some water. This is the quickest/laziest way to get this done.

In a pan, I heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add chopped up a chicken sausage - this day, I used spicy jalapeƱo. I cook the chicken sausage while I finish the zoodles. 

I place a few dollops of pesto (store bought) on the zoodles and mix it in, gently; sprinkle in a few sundried tomatoes. Then, I place the zoodles in the microwave for another minute or so, and heat them until they are hot. 

Once the sausage is done, I put it on top of the zoodles, sprinkle with pecorino romano. Garnish the plate with some nutritional yeast for your extra B-vitamins. 

Voila! This meal is gluten-free, can be made vegetarian/vegan friendly by omitting the Pecorino and sausage, and is so good. Seriously. I've eaten it three nights in a row.


  1. LOVE this meal! I make the same thing wayyy too often.

    1. I knowwwww long live the spiralizer. Also, pesto is amazing!

  2. Yum! This looks like a perfect healthy (and fast!) weeknight dinner.