Enjoy a plate full of zucchini noodles—zoodles—smothered in a creamy, flavorful kale pesto sauce. Topped with mushrooms and shrimp, these Kale Pesto Zoodles are a dinner you won’t want to miss!
I promised a spiralized recipe over a month ago, and it’s finally here! What took so long, you ask?! Truth be told, I hated the photos I took of my original spiralized recipe, which in turn kind of made me hate the recipe itself. I know—makes no sense—but rather than a redo, I just created an entirely new recipe with new photos. Woo!
Before I chat about spiralizers, I want to chat about the weekend. Saturday started with recipe creation and ended with a veggie quesadilla from Mad Mex with some coworkers from PJC. Sunday morning started bright and early thanks to Layla. She’s typically not a morning pup but she was ready to go so off to the park we went! There are a few different dog parks throughout the city, and I try to vary which ones we go to. This time around, I took her to Frick Park where we ran into her friend—a husky named ‘Honey’—who she used to play with back when she was younger. They remembered each other and picked up right where they left off. I wish I would have taken before and after photos.. Just picture a baby husky with baby Layla (ya know..back when she was super adorable) and now 9 month old husky and Layla. Still cute but not quite as stuffed animal-y.
That might have been the highlight of my weekend which really says something about me. Nothing good, either.
Following the park I made a quick stop into Marshals and Ross where I wanted to purchase ev-e-ry-thing. Instead, I walked out with a few new pair of leggings/workout tops. Not quite everything, but I was excited nonetheless.
I’ve said it before, but there are some things I’m willing to drop $$$ on and other things I’m just not. For example, I bought a gorgeous dress last year while in Puerto Rico for around $80 (I know $80 isn’t A LOT but… it is) and I’ve never worn it. I knew when I bought it that I would hardly ever wear it but I bought it because it was perfect. It IS perfect and once day I will debut it and it will be perfect. Until then, it sits in my closet and awaits its glory moment. On the other hand, I’m not willing to spend more than $30 on a pair of workout leggings that I’ll probably wear at least once a week. I don’t understand my logic.
Ok so I’m getting way off topic.. Let’s talk about spirazliers reeeeeal quick. First of all, I’m not a spiralizing expert and I’d never pretend to be. I own this spiralizer and, though it’s the only one I’ve ever owned, I think it’s pretty darn good. I’ve heard some “eh” comments on the hand held ones, so if you’re looking to purchase I’d highly recommend mine.
Anywho, spiralizing is all the rage these days because it’s FUN and it’s HEALTHY. Why eat carbs when you can eat vegetables instead?
Or am I?
I’m a personal fan of zoodles and hoping to experiment with other vegetables soon. These zoodles (zucchini+noodles) pair perfectly with my kale pesto, which I’ve used in this recipe and this recipe—both delicious as well! Top with shrimp for added protein or omit all together for a vegan option—either way this is a great way to fit in some extra veggies at dinnertime!
- 2 zucchini
- ½ cup mushrooms
- ½ lb shrimp
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ¼ tsp thyme
- For pesto:
- 1 cup fresh basil
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp water
- 3 tbsp pine nuts
- 1 garlic clove
- ½ cup kale, stems removed
- For zoodles: Put zucchini through spiralizer to create zucchini noodles, set aside.
- For pesto: combine ingredients into a food processor or blender and pulse until mixed; stir pesto into zoodles.
- For the mushrooms and shrimp: cook together in a large skillet with olive oil and thyme; cook until shrimp is done, then place shrimp and mushrooms overtop zoodles.
Q: Do you own a spiralizer? What’s your favorite vegetable to spiralize, or what should be the next veggie I spiralize?
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