Zoodles with Spicy Shrimp and Roasted Tomatoes

When your craving for pasta strikes but you want something on the healthier side, try making zoodles!  Zoodles are simply zucchini put through a spiralizer which makes them into the shape of pasta noodles with a similar texture.  They only take minutes to saute and can be topped with any of your favorite pasta sauces.  Here is one of my favorite zoodle combos that I created.  It is simple to prepare, and tastes great without the guilt of eating regular flour based pasta.

Ingredients

4 medium sized zucchini

1 pint cherry tomatoes

1 lb shrimp: peeled, deveined and tails removed

6 cloves of garlic, crushed

1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more if you like it extra spicy) 

3 tbs olive oil

salt and pepper to taste 

fresh grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss tomatoes with 1tbs olive oil and a pinch of salt and place on a rimmed baking sheet.  Place in pre-heated oven and roast for 20 minutes.  

2. While tomatoes are roasting, spiralize 4 zucchinis into a large bowl.

3. When tomatoes have a few minutes left to roast get started on cooking the shrimp.  Heat a large saut√© pan on high and add in the remainder of the olive oil.  Add garlic, red pepper flakes and shrimp to the pan and toss together.

4. Cook the shrimp for 2-3 minutes/side or until they are opaque in the center.

5. Place the zoodles in a large wok and heat on medium high.  Toss in the roasted tomatoes, shrimp, garlic, and a few pinches of salt and pepper.

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6. Combine everything and continue to saute until the zoodles soften to your liking (approx 5 minutes)

7. Divide into bowls and top with freshly grated parmesan.

8. Eat and enjoy!