Easy and Healthy Italian Zoodle Bowl: Zucchini Noodles, Chicken Sausage, Sweet Peppers, and a Creamy Marinara Sauce, Sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese

Zucchininoodles

Need an easy lunch or dinner option? Craving Italian cuisine? Wanting something on the healthier side? Look no further – this zoodle bowl is the perfect match! Mild Italian chicken sausage, zucchini noodles, sweet peppers and a creamy marinara sauce (made by adding plain yogurt to a standard marinara sauce!), sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese and two-tone gomasio, make for a nutritious, filling meal any day or time of the week!

Makes 1 Bowl (Can easily be doubled, tripled, etc.)

Recipe by © Alysha Melnyk 2018

Kitchen Tools:

Oven, Preheated to 400°F

Stovetop

Sheet Pan

Parchment Paper

Sauté Pan

Small Sauce Pan

Vegetable Spiralizer (I use this one)

Ingredients:

*Disclaimer – I am including certain brand names of things I use (just because they are personal favorites of mine), but feel free to use whatever brand you like, is the cheapest, is on sale, what you have on hand, etc.*

1 Zucchini, Spiralized

Olive Oil

Sea Salt

1 Chicken Sausage, Chopped (I use Brat Hans Mild Italian Chicken Sausage)

3 Sweet Peppers, Chopped

1/4 Cup Marinara Sauce of Choice (I use 365 Everyday Value® Organic Marinara Sauce)

1/8 Cup Plain Yogurt (I used Stonyfield Whole Milk Plain Yogurt)

*Optional for Topping/Extra Seasoning:  Basil, Oregano, Garlic Granules, Onion Granules, Pepper, Grated Parmesan Cheese and Two-Tone Gomasio

Featured Artists/Products:

Noodle Bowl by Jeremy Ogusky, Creator of Ogusky Ceramics (based in Jamaica Plan, MA)

Two-Tone Gomasio by Nancy Partington, Creator of Juneseed Foods (based in NYC)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Line sheet pan with parchment paper.
  3. Spiralize zucchini and spread over parchment paper.
  4. Sprinkle with salt, and place in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes (*This step helps to dehydrate the zucchini noodles, which tend to get very watery during sautéing. Keep an eye on it, because they can dehydrate and burn fast).
  5. While the zucchini noodles are dehydrating, add 1/4 cup marinara sauce of choice and chopped sweet peppers in a small sauce pan, and heat until simmering/warm.
  6. Next, add a small amount of olive oil to the sauté pan, and add chicken sausage slices on low/medium heat to cook and lightly brown.
  7. After removing zucchini noodles from oven, shift the chicken sausage slices to one half of the sauté pan and lightly reheat/toast the zucchini noodles (feel free to add a little more olive oil during this step).
  8. Turn the heat off for the marinara/pepper sauce, and add in 1/8 cup plain yogurt, then stir until incorporated/creamy. Feel free to add in some extra spices during this step (I added in some additional dashes of garlic granules, onion granules, basil, oregano, and pepper).
  9. Place the sauce in a serving bowl, then top with the zucchini noodles, mild chicken sausage slices, and sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese and two-tone gomasio (if using).
  10. Mix it all up and enjoy warm! 🙂

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