Pesto Zoodles with Bacon

This recipe turns zucchini into a fun summer meal for a healthy pasta alternative.  Add fresh pesto and bacon for a sumptuous dish that the family will love.

The pumpkin seeds provide a solid dose of glycine, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper and choline while the zucchini provides vitamin C, B6, potassium and folate.

Macros 

This recipe provides 320 calories,  21 g of protein, 21 g of fat, 11 g of net carbs and P:E = 0.6.

Micros  

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Ingredients 

SERVES 2

  • 100 g (3.5 oz) zucchini, spiralised, raw
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 small spring onion, chopped
  • 90 g bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper

PESTO

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, and some for garnish
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp of nut milk

Directions 

  • Place the pesto ingredients in a small blender. If you don’t have a small blender you may need to make a batch of pesto so there are enough ingredients in your blender to blend (i.e. multiply pesto ingredients by 4).
  • Place the zoodles in a bowl and toss them in the pesto until they are evenly coated.
  • Top with tomatoes, spring onions and a few pumpkin seeds, crispy bacon, ground black pepper and nutritional yeast to taste.

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