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Low-Carb Pasta Swaps: Zucchini-Noodle Lo Mein, Fettuccine Alfredo with Bacon & Avocado

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Pasta rules; excess carby calories don't. Dig into these light-done-right noodle recipes now, and thank us later...

 
 
Hungry Girl's Zucchini So Low Mein with Chicken
Zucchini So Low Mein with Chicken

1/2 of recipe (about 2 1/4 cups): 277 calories, 6.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 633mg sodium, 24g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 15.5g sugars, 34g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7* -- SmartPoints® value 4*

We're all over the spiralized zucchini noodle (a.k.a. zoodle) trend. And now we're applying it to the calorie disaster that is lo mein!

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
2 tbsp. reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. granulated white sugar
1 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder
20 oz. (2 - 3 medium) zucchini
8 oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 cup frozen Asian-style stir-fry vegetables
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup quartered mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped scallions

Directions:
To make the sauce, in a small bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, oil, crushed garlic, and 1/4 tsp. onion powder. Mix well.

Using a spiral veggie cutter like the Veggetti, cut zucchini into spaghetti-like noodles. (If you don't have a spiralizer, peel zucchini into super-thin strips, rotating the zucchini as you slice it.)

Bring a wok (or large skillet) sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces, and sprinkle with garlic powder and remaining 1/4 tsp. onion powder. Add frozen veggies, bean sprouts, and mushrooms. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes, until chicken is cooked through and veggies are hot and tender.

Add zucchini noodles and scallions. Cook and stir until hot and slightly softened, about 3 minutes.

Transfer wok contents to a strainer, and thoroughly drain excess liquid.

Return wok to medium-high heat, and return drained mixture to the wok. Add sauce, and cook and stir until sauce is evenly distributed and mostly absorbed, about 2 minutes.

MAKES 2 SERVINGS

 
 
 
Hungry Girl's California Girlfredo
California Girlfredo

Entire recipe: 298 calories, 11g total fat (2.5g sat fat), 465mg sodium, 16.5g carbs, 7g fiber, 5g sugars, 33.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7* -- SmartPoints® value 6*

It’s unforgettable -- creamy fettuccine with tomato, bacon, and avocado. West Coast represent, now put your forks up…

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
1 bag House Foods Tofu Shirataki Fettuccine Shaped Noodle Substitute
One 4-oz. raw boneless skinless chicken breast cutlet, pounded to 1/2-inch thickness
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 wedge The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 tbsp. fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp. precooked real crumbled bacon (like the kind by Oscar Mayer)
1/4 cup seeded and chopped tomato
1 oz. (about 2 tbsp.) chopped avocado
Optional seasonings: salt, black pepper

Directions:
Use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles. Thoroughly pat dry. Roughly cut noodles.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Season chicken with 1/8 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board.

Remove skillet from heat; clean, if needed. Re-spray, and return to medium heat. Cook and stir onion until partially softened, about 2 minutes.

To the skillet, add noodles and remaining 1/8 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder. Add cheese wedge, breaking it into pieces. Cook and stir until cheese has melted and coated noodles, about 2 minutes.

Transfer cheesy noodles to a medium bowl, and stir in yogurt. Roughly chop chicken, and add to the bowl. Add bacon and tomato, and stir to mix. Top with avocado.

MAKES 1 SERVING

 
 
 
 

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