Have you ever had those cold sesame noodles from a Chinese food restaurant? They are super tasty, extremely addictive, and usually at least 600 calories, with lots of salt and fat per serving. Well, my husband had the very brilliant idea of using my obsession with slicing up zucchini to make a sesame “noodle” dish out of the zucchinis.
I recently started using the “Julienne” blade on the mandoline to slice up the zucchinis, and they came out so nice and “pasta-like” that we decided to forgo the usual salad preparation, and make something a little more decadent and comfort-foody.
So, I julienned two green zucchinis (63 calories, 13 g carbs, 4 g of fiber, 5 g prot). I left the skin on because I don’t mind it, but, you can peel the skin off if you want the squash to really look like a pasta noodle. We then made a sesame-like sauce out of the following:
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter (200 calories, 7 g carb, 2 g fiber, 15 g fat, 9 g prot)
2 tablespoons light soy sauce (30 calories, 930 mg sodium)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (0 calories)
1 tablesponn sesame oil (130 calories, 14 g fat)
Hint: Let the peanut butter come to room temperature, and use a whisk to get the peanut butter to incorporate into the other ingredients.
I tossed the “noodles” with the sauce unitl they were well coated and then put them in the refrigerator for an hour or so. The vegetables do start to release some of their water, so the sauce can get a little wet. It can certainly be eaten right away to avoid this issue though.
So, here are the stats: 423 calories for the entire dish! And 20 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 14 g prot, and 29 g fat.
This amount can easily be shared among 2 people, which would bring the stats down to 212 calories per serving, 10 carbs, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein, and 14.5 g fat.
These “noodles” came out delicious, and at 212 calories per serving are an extremely low calorie option if you are a fan of the cold sesame dish classic, or if you just love zucchinis and want to do something different with them. You could easily use more or less peanut butter, soy sauce and/or sesame oil if you want to adjust the taste or the stats.
Next time, I think I will try to make them in more a of a Thai style, and add in a little heat. And of course, in terms of the health benefits of nutrition, check my posts on Zucchini Salad and Veggies to see clearer.