Turkey Marinara Sauce with Zoodles

Zucchini is a flavorful alternative to noodles with the help of a spiralizer. One cup of zucchini has about 25 calories and about 5-7 grams of carbs. One cup of pasta, on the other hand, can have as many as 200 calories and 45 grams of carbs.

This simple recipe is easy to make for a week night family-friendly meal that everyone will love. Zoodles are a nutritious vegetable packed with vitamin A, C and B, as well as potassium and fiber to help keep you full longer.

Photo Credit: A Healthier Michigan

Ingredients

Zoodles

  • 2 large zucchinis
  • Spiralizer
  • Olive oil

Turkey Marinara Sauce

  • 1 package lean ground turkey
  • 14 oz. marinara sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Italian blend spices
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Ricotta Cheese Garnish

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz.) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tbsp. Parmesano Romano cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes (optional)

Zoodles with Turkey Marinara Sauce with Ricotta Cheese Garnish

Instructions
Zoodles
1. Use the spiralizer as instructed to make zucchini noodles, called zoodles. If you do not have a spiralizer, you can finely chop zucchini into strips.
2. Saute zoodles in olive oil or other favorite heart healthy oil for about 3-5 minutes until al dente.

Turkey Marinara Sauce
1. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the ground turkey and cook until browned.
2. Drain any excess grease and then add in the marinara sauce, herbs, garlic, salt and pepper to taste.
3. Simmer on low heat until ready to use.

Ricotta Cheese Garnish
1. Blend all of the ingredients, except for the spinach, in a food processor or blender until smooth.
2. Fold in the chopped spinach and set aside. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed.

Putting it together.
1. You will plate your zoodles.
2. Then place the turkey marinara sauce on top of the zoodles.
3. And to finish the dish, scoop a small amount of ricotta filling on top.
4. Serve warm and enjoy!


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