If your garden is overflowing with the yellow and green hues of squash, you aren’t alone. The last dog days of summer are known for the juiciest tomatoes, the most frantic ice cream truck runs, and enough zucchini to make even the most seasoned home cook feel overwhelmed.
You might think zucchini bread or crunchy fried zucchini sticks are all you can do with your surplus, but you’d be pleasantly mistaken. In fact, the most pinned zucchini recipe on Pinterest (saved over 750,ooo times, actually) is an entirely different dish — it’s pescatarian, savory, and an ideal main dish for summer. Have you tried it?
This Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles from Just a Taste is firing on all cylinders. It incorporates zucchini as the noodle (or “zoodle,” if you will), making it low in carbohydrates, gluten-free, and an ideal use of all that zucchini before it goes bad.
See it on Pinterest: Skinny Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles from Just a Taste
To get perfect zoodles, you can cut the entire zucchini into thin strips resembling noodles using a mandoline or spiralizer, or you can often buy them pre-cut at grocery stores. Once you have your zoodles, prep the sauce by sautéing red pepper flakes and garlic in olive oil. Add shelled, deveined shrimp and cook until pink, then remove the shrimp. Deglaze the pan with some lemon juice, cook the zoodles in the spicy, lemony sauce, and then add the shrimp to serve. All this really needs is a crisp glass of white wine to make it the perfect summer meal.
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