Zucchini noodles are a foodie’s best friend. They’re the perfect pasta substitute for anyone who doesn’t want to overdo it with carbs, and they’re super easy to make. With a mandoline or a spiral slicer, secure the zucchini on prongs and push the veggie toward the blades. A smaller and less expensive option is a julienne peeler, which has a serrated blade to create thin strips. You can also buy them precut in stores, but there’s something satisfying about slicing your own zoodles.RELATED: 26 Quick and Tasty Zucchini RecipesOne cup of sliced zucchini has about 19 calories. That's up to 50% lower than the same serving size of other low-cal green veggies like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Zucchini is also packed with healthy nutrients, like vitamin C, and potassium, which may help reduce blood pressure. Oh, and if you still need one more reason to give this recipe a go, it’s to-die-for delicious.To get our top stories delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Healthy Living newsletter



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  • Whisk together garlic, sugar, fish sauce, vinegar, chile sauce, water, and lime juice in a small bowl.

  • Combine shrimp with 2 to 3 tablespoons of dressing in a separate bowl, toss to coat, and marinate for about 10-minutes.

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high. Add shrimp, stirring occasionally, until pink, 2 to 3 minutes. Discard the marinade.

  • To serve, divide zucchini noodles among 4 bowls. Top with shrimp, carrots, cucumber, mint, basil, peanuts, and a lime wedge, and drizzle with remaining dressing.

Nutrition Facts

252 calories; fat 10g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 143mg; fiber 4g; protein 21g; carbohydrates 24g; sugars 16g; sodium 1446mg; iron 1mg; calcium 128mg.