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- 2 large zucchinis
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup white onion, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 – 2 sprigs rosemary, finely chopped
- 1 cup curly or lacinato kale, roughly chopped into 1-inch pieces
- salt to taste
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 avocado, sliced with skin & pit removed
- 5 – 6 basil leaves, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- juice of ½ lemon
- 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/4 cup pepitas (optional)
- shrimp (optional)
- diced chicken (optional)
- Rinse zucchini under running water and use a vegetable spiralizer to form long, noodle-shaped strands.
- In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onion and sauté for about 3 minutes.
- Add the chopped rosemary, kale, and a dash of salt. (Optional: add shrimp or diced chicken.)
- Once onion is tender and kale is wilted, add the zucchini noodles, a dash of olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Sauté uncovered until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for at least 5 minutes.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine Greek yogurt, basil, avocado, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1 teaspoon salt.
- Add cooled zucchini noodle mixture to a large mixing bowl. Pour yogurt sauce onto the zucchini noodles and gently mix.
- Fold in the grape tomato halves.
- Top with pepitas and basil. Serve warm or cold.
Maria Tripodis, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., is the founder of Rebel Nutrition. Through evidence-based practice, she promotes healthy habits, balanced diets, and self-confidence to help clients feel empowered to move past barriers to reach optimal health.