Summer vacations are the bomb. I’ve been able to hang with my fam in Knoxville and South Carolina. After nearly two weeks of vacation (I know, pitiful me), I wasn’t exactly thrilled to return to reality…miles of pristine South Carolina coast, cocktail time starting whenever I wanted, mountains of fresh shrimp traded in for piles of laundry, half-living plants, and vicious dust bunnies.
What do I decide to do upon coming home but come up with a recipe that helps me feel like I’m back on vacation! I’ve never been to Thailand, and I may never make it there, but I can travel there with my fork! Cilantro, lime, ginger, coconut, and sesame frolic together in this tropical escape on your plate.
I can close my eyes and almost imagine the scorching humidity around me is actually a tropical beach paradise thousands of miles away. Almost…
Let’s talk zoodles for a second. No, it’s not a typo. I’m talkin’ zucchini noodles, aka zoodles.
Using a cheap veggie spiralizer ($5.00 peeps), you can whip up noodles without the processed, insulin-spiking, gut-irritating gluten in normal noodles. Here’s the nutrition stats:
Spaghetti: 221 calories, 62 mg potassium, 0% Vitamin C, 5% Vitamin B-6
Zoodles: 30 calories, 512 mg potassium, 58% Vitamin C, 15% Vitamin B-6
Now the meatballs. This recipe makes 30 meatballs, which sounds like a lot but you will be so glad you made plenty. You could always freeze extras, though I don’t recommend you freeze the zoodles. Could you sub ground chicken, turkey, or pork? Does a bear have hair?
And that sauce. It’s luscious and velvety without any dairy. Impossible?! Nope, thanks coconut milk and avocados. Plus it’s loads of healthy fat (eating fat does not make you fat!!!). You could sub in Greek yogurt for coconut milk if you’re down with dairy.
Never had Thai food? Think lighter Chinese…this could be the perfect gateway recipe for ya. Will, my meat-and-potatoes hubs, wolfed it down in about 4 minutes. Go ahead. Embrace the zoodles, y'all.
Healthy Happy Texan
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