The 4 Best Healthy Noodle Recipes for Weight-Loss

Guilt-Free + Healthy Voodle Recipes

If you are wondering how to eat noodles while sticking to your weight-loss routine, voodles are your answer.

An overview of our best healthy noodle dishes:

  • Spaghetti squash
  • Zucchini noodles
  • Butternut squash noodles
  • Asparagus noodles

Voodles are a dream come true for pasta lovers trying to cut unnecessary carbs and calories.

While it’s hard to find a dinner more satisfying than a steaming plate of flavorful pasta, you’re well aware of just how fattening traditional pasta is.

What is a voodle?

Voodles, or also known as veggie noodles are a perfect alternative for any pasta dish.

And I almost hate to use the word alternative, because if prepared right, voodles can taste even better than regular pasta noodles.

Veggies are packed with 100% natural flavor and can be just as filling.

So, let’s not give up on our favorite pasta dishes…let’s just make these dishes lighter, healthier and just as delicious by using noodles made from vegetables, rather than traditional, carb-laden pasta.

If you’re new to cooking with veggie noodles, you’re in for a treat!

It’s simple and satisfying to create comforting guilt-free pasta dinners.

4 Noddle Recipes that fit your weight-loss plan

Best Veggie Noodle Recipe #1 – Spaghetti Squash

Best Spaghetti Squash recipe

Spaghetti squash is the easiest of all the veggie noodles to prepare since the noodles are already formed in nature.

When you cut a spaghetti squash in half and you’ll find a mess of seeds and stings in the center. But that mess can easily be turned into deliciousness.

Spaghetti quash is low in calories, sodium, and fat, but high in vitamins and fiber.

How To Make Spaghetti Squash Noodles

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half, lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  3. Drizzle the inside of each spaghetti squash half with coconut oil and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Place, cut side down, on a baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes, or until tender.
  5. Serve with your favorite spaghetti sauce and meatballs.

Best Veggie Noodle Recipe #2 – Zucchini 

Healthy Zucchini Noodles recipes

Zucchini is such a tender squash that it doesn’t require much cooking.

A serving of zucchini meets over 50% of your daily Vitamin C need, and is a high source of potassium, all while meeting your low calorie needs.

How To Make Zucchini Noodles

  1. Cut lengthwise slices from a zucchini using a vegetable peeler, and stop when you reach the seeds.
  2. Turn the zucchini over and continue peeling until all the zucchini is in long strips. You can get rid of the seeds.
  3. Slice the zucchini into thinner strips until the strips resemble spaghetti.
  4. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  5. Stir zucchini in the hot oil for 1 minute.
  6. Add water and cook until zucchini is softened, 5 to 7 minutes.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.

Another option for making zucchini noodles is with a spiral slicer –a little kitchen contraption that spirals zucchini through grating holes to create long, spaghetti-like noodles.

Best Veggie Noodle Recipe #3: Butternut Squash

Butternut squash weight-loss noodles

While zucchini and spaghetti squash noodles are light and soft, noodles made from butternut squash are a bit heartier.

Butternut squash is loaded with nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folate. It is also known an anti-inflammatory food because of its high antioxidant content. 

Now, there’s a little bit of technique involved with cutting your butternut squash and it’s best to run it through a spiral slicer.

How To Make Butternut Squash Noodles:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice off the outer skin of the butternut squash and simply run it through the slicer.
  3. Cut the squash in half.
  4. Run the 2 solid pieces of squash through a spiral slicer to create long, thin noodles.
  5. Toss the noodles with 1 teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Spread over a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 5 to 8 minutes, until tender.
  7. Serve immediately with the spaghetti sauce of your choosing.

Best Veggie Noodle Recipe #4: Asparagus

Healthy asparagus noodle recipe

Talk about truly guilt-free pasta – one made from asparagus spears!

Rather than serve this one with traditional spaghetti sauce (although you could) I’ve included a dressing to toss the noodles with and I recommend serving it with meatballs for some added protein.

This bright-green veggie is packed with essential vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as folate, iron, copper, calcium, and fiber. 

How To Make Asparagus Noodles:

  1. Wash one bunch of asparagus spears. Resist the urge to chop off the tough stalks, these are your handles!
  2. Cut off the asparagus tips and save.
  3. Hold onto the tough stalks and use a vegetable peeler to peel long asparagus noodle strands into a large bowl.
  4. Mix in one tablespoon of fresh dill.
  5. In a small bowl combine three tablespoons of lemon juice, one teaspoon honey and a dash of sea salt and black pepper.
  6. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet.
  7. Add the asparagus noodles and sauté for 2 minutes, then remove from heat. If you’d like, sauté the asparagus heads by throwing them in the pan after 1 minute.
  8. Toss with the dressing.
  9. Serve the noodles warm and garnish with fresh dill.

Eating healthy, low carb meals like these are what it takes to have that lean, toned body that you want.

But don’t forget that a fit body also requires a consistent, challenging exercise program.

Contact Against the Grain today and get started on a nutrition and health plan that’s uniquely designed for you.

Happy voodle cooking and let’s do this!