Get some zucchini and try these low-carb, gluten-free, and Paleo Zucchini Noodles with Tuna and Green Olives, yum!
Zucchini noodle season is coming, and personally I couldn't be happier about it. Ever since I discovered the Spiralizer last summer I've had fun experimenting with different ways to make zucchini noodles taste amazing. This latest zucchini noodle creation was born out of my love for Tonno Genova canned tuna in olive oil, something I've been buying from Amazon.com since I stopped finding it in my local stores. Yes, that's seriously how much I love this tuna.
The flavors here were inspired by my Tuna Pasta Salad with Lemon, Green Olives, and Cucumbers, something I've made many times since I created the recipe. Of course if you absolutely don't like tuna or green olives this recipe is not for you, but if you like those two things just a little, be open minded about this wonderful combination.
Zucchini noodles can be eaten raw, but when I'm serving them with a heated sauce like this one I like to heat some olive oil, season the oil with sliced garlic (which is then removed) and then cook the zucchini quickly over high heat for just a few minutes. I think that method perfectly softens and seasons the zucchini, but you can also eat the tuna sauce over raw zucchini if you prefer.
Edit: Low-Carb Zucchini Noodles with Tuna and Green Olives was featured in the Top Ten New Recipes of 2015 (plus Honorable Mentions).
Use one of the three methods to make zucchini noodles to make noodles from 4 medium zucchini. Prepare and/or measure the lemon juice, green olives, capers, red onions, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Drain two cans of Tonno Genova canned tuna in olive oil or your favorite good-quality tuna packed in olive oil.
Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil and saute the onions for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic, capers, and olives, and cook one minute more. Add the red pepper flakes and stir, add lemon juice and cook another minute, then gently stir in the tuna. Keep warm while you cook the noodles.
Heat the rest of the olive oil over medium-high heat; add the garlic cloves and cook just until you can smell garlic; then remove garlic and discard. Add the zucchini noodles and stir-fry just until noodles start to soften and get some garlic flavor, about 2-3 minutes. Season noodles with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
Put the noodles into a wide bowl and top with sauce. Serve with fresh lemon to squeeze on at the table.
Zucchini Noodles with Tuna and Green Olives
(Makes 4 servings; recipe created by Kalyn.)
4 medium zucchini (about 8 inches long)
4 T + 1 1/2 T olive oil
1/2 cup finely diced red onion
1-2 tsp. minced garlic
3 T capers
1/2 cup sliced green olives (or more if you're a green olive fan)
4 T lemon juice
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes (to taste)
2 cans (5 oz.) tuna packed in olive oil, drained (I prefer Tonno Genova canned tuna in olive oil)
6 cloves whole garlic
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste
lemon slices for squeezing on at the table, optional
Wash zucchini and cut off both ends. Use a Spiralizer or one of the three methods to make zucchini noodles to make noodles from the zucchini. Mince the garlic, chop red onions, and slice green olives and measure the lemon juice, capers, and red pepper flakes. Drain two cans of tuna, preferably Tonno Genova canned tuna in olive oil.
Heat 4 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat and saute the onions for a couple of minutes. Add the garlic, capers, and olives, and cook one minute more. Add the red pepper flakes and stir; add lemon juice and cook another minute, then gently stir in the tuna. (Don't stir too much; you want the tuna to stay chunky.) Turn heat to low while you saute the noodles.
Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in the largest non-stick frying pan you have. Add the garlic cloves and cook just until you can smell garlic; then remove garlic cloves and discard. Add the zucchini noodles and stir-fry just until noodles are barely starting to soften and get some garlic flavor, about 2-3 minutes. Don't overcook. Season noodles with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
To serve, put one-fourth of the cooked noodles into each bowl and top with one-fourth of the sauce. Serve with fresh lemon to squeeze on at the table.
South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
This recipe would be perfect for any phase of the South Beach Diet or most any other Low-Carb eating plan.
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More Low-Carb Zucchini Noodles You Might Enjoy:
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Zucchini Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce ~ Vintage Mixer
Mediterranean Zucchini Noodles ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Oil-Free Walnut Pesto Zucchini Noodles ~ Inspiralized
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