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Cheesy Zucchini Noodles

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Cheesy Zucchini Noodles

Serves: 4

This secret to the cheesy flavor of this vegan dish is nutritional yeast flakes! If you haven’t tried them yet, be prepared to be amazed – they are a “must” for your pantry. And if you want to jazz it up a bit … this recipe is DELICIOUS with the addition of a pint of halved cherry tomatoes. Just add them to the skillet with the garlic and saute for a few minutes before adding the zucchini.

NOTE: You can use already prepared zucchini noodles or you can make your own by using a spiralizer or vegetable parer – simply shave your zucchini into long ribbons.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium zucchini, spiralized (or 3 12-oz packages of pre-cut zucchini noodles from the produce section)
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups packed baby spinach
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast flakes (or to taste)
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn, for 30-60 seconds.
  2. Add the zucchini noodles and sauté for 3-4 minutes, until they start to soften.
  3. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted, 3-4 more minutes.
  4. Stir in the nutritional yeast. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Remove from heat and serve.

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