2-Step Garlic and Herb Zucchini Noodles

Recipe posted in: Lunch/Dinner
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Dinner is ready in minutes with this easy side dish that’s the perfect keto friendly alternative to pasta. Use these Garlic and Herb Zucchini Noodles as the filling, low carb base of a hearty steak dinner or shrimp stir fry.

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You can create this easy, two-step dish with just six simple ingredients. Get started by heating two tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add four cups of zucchini noodles, two minced garlic cloves, a half-teaspoon of salt and a quarter teaspoon of chili flakes. Cook for five minutes, tossing once or twice to ensure the noodles cook evenly. Turn off the heat and add a half-cup of roughly chopped fresh basil and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately with your favorite proteins and healthy fats.

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One serving of these Garlic and Herb Zucchini Noodles contains 81 calories and three grams of net carbs. It counts as one Vegetable and half of a Healthy Fat on the South Beach Diet meal plan. We recommend eating at least three servings of non-starchy vegetables per day on our keto friendly program. Make sure you’re getting enough by keeping track of your servings in the South Beach Diet Tracker app. Not only can you stay on top of your veggie intake but you can also keep track of your net carbs, proteins and fats with the built-in macro tracker. Never miss a workout or a glass of water again with your own personal diet and fitness journal. Click here to learn more about our FREE app! >

If you enjoyed this fresh and fun side dish, you’ll love our recipe for 2-Step Creamy Avocado Pesto Zucchini Noodles! >

Not sure what to serve with your zoodles? Check out the recipes below for some main course inspiration:

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Phase: Weight Loss Phase, Weight Maintenance Phase

Servings: 4

Nutrition Information

  • 0.5 Healthy Fat
  • 1 Vegetables


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cups zucchini noodles
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. chili flakes
  • ½ cup roughly chopped fresh basil


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add zucchini noodles, garlic, salt and chili flakes and cook for 5 minutes, tossing once or twice to ensure the noodles cook evenly.
  2. Turn off the heat and add basil and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.