Heart-healthy meals are cholesterol-free and loaded with an abundance of antioxidant-rich fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to feel restricted or cut out your favorite foods. We’ve compiled a list of 15 of our favorite healthy and delicious noodle recipes to help you reduce the risk for heart disease and add more years to your life.
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1. Whole Wheat Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce
This Whole Wheat Pasta With Pesto Cream Sauce by Medha Swaminathan is the definition of an easy weeknight meal- we just threw some pasta in the pot (we had a little whole wheat penne and a little whole wheat rotini), reserved some cooking water, made a sauce, and stirred in pesto. This quick and delicious vegan pasta with pesto cream sauce is light and flavorful. Top it off with fresh basil for a perfect meal!
2. Zucchini Pasta With Garlic Green Beans and Stuffing
The Zucchini Pasta With Garlic Green Beans and Stuffing by Alissandra Maffucci is simple (and easy!): throw some leftovers and raw zucchini noodles into a saucepan and cook for about 3 minutes to heat it. There’s not much more to it. If you want, add in a couple of tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese to add some creaminess to the noodles. Enjoy!
3. 5-Minute Basil Pesto Raw Zucchini Pasta
If you’ve been wanting to lighten up your evening meal and finish dinner feeling energized but a salad alone isn’t quite going to cut it, then this 5-Minute Basil Pesto Raw Zucchini Pasta will do the trick. This super simple recipe by Rachael Campbell that’s a breeze to make. It’s also so filling and satisfying. To make your pasta base from fresh whole zucchinis, you will need a handy little piece of kitchen equipment called a ‘Spirooli.’ If you’re keen to expand your repertoire of healthy, gluten-free gourmet dishes then it’s well worth your time to hunt one down. Get your hands on the biggest bunch of fresh, local basil you can find, and blend up the creamy pesto sauce in 5 minutes or less. Enjoy! These pesto zoodles are delicious!
4. Avocado Pasta
Source: Avocado Pasta
5. Summer Veg and White Bean Pasta
Source: Summer Veg and White Bean Pasta
This Summer Veg and White Bean Pasta by Alan Desmond is green, clean, and fresh, lifted by the fresh herbs and lemon. The cannellini beans make it more substantial while also bringing a comforting creaminess and a generous amount of protein per serving. To turn this into an autumn dish, use some grated squash and wild mushrooms instead of the asparagus and broad beans and a garnish of thyme and hazelnuts rather than basil and pine nuts.
6. Cheesy Butternut Squash and White Bean Pasta
7. Sweet Potato Noodles with Kale and Walnut Sage Sauce
Coconut milk, walnuts, sage, and maple syrup work thoroughly well with shallot, kale, and garlic to create this delightful sauce. It’s paired with sweet potato noodles as the ideal companion. This Sweet Potato Noodles with Kale and Walnut Sage Sauce by Daniela Modesto is an indulgent, fall-inspired dish you can throw together in 15 minutes!
8. Roasted Beet Noodles With Oranges and Crispy Kale
The outside of the orange softens and becomes like velvet. The flavors melt in your mouth and almost taste coconut-like, which is the richness of the citrus baking. Let’s not forget the crunchiness and saltiness of the kale. The trick with making kale chips is to use a minimal amount of salt or only salt when they come right out of the oven. This Roasted Beet Noodles With Oranges and Crispy Kale recipe by Alissandra Maffucci is topped off with a citrus vinaigrette.
9. Vietnamese Sweet Potato Rice Noodles With Kale
These Vietnamese Sweet Potato Rice Noodles With Kale by Juli Novotny are surprisingly simple to make and will become a go-to meal in your weekly lineup. The sweet potato noodles are coated in a cream, well-spiced almond butter sauce and finished with some lemon-infused kale.
10. Russian Kale and Roasted Squash Noodles
What’s healthier than kale and squash? Putting these two vegetables together for an amazing, fast combination of Russian Kale and Roasted Squash Noodles by Aine Carlin that will satisfy your growling stomach.
11. Caramelized Garlic-Chili Lotus Stems With Mung Bean Noodles
Lotus blossoms are the national flower of India and the entire plant is popular in Indian cuisine for its unique flavor and unadulterated beauty. This Caramelized Garlic-Chili Lotus Stems With Mung Bean Noodles recipe caramelizes the fibrous stems of the lotus plant in a zesty garlic-chili sauce and serves them over a bed of mung bean noodles. This recipe by Anuja Kohli Mariwala is an easy way you can impress your friends and these noodles can be served as a light meal or as an exciting side.
12. Chili Thai Kelp Noodles
Source: Chili Thai Kelp Noodles
Kelp noodles are a sea vegetable in the form of an easy-to-eat raw noodle. Made of only kelp, sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed), and water, kelp noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. Their noodle form and neutral taste allow for a variety of uses including salads and stir-(not)fries while their healthful content provides a rich source of trace minerals including iodine, which kelp is well known for. Their unique texture completes the package, making kelp noodles a one-of-a-kind healthful, and tasty alternative to pasta and rice noodles. Best of all, no cooking is required in this Chili Thai Kelp Noodles recipe by Rachael Campbell. Just rinse or soak the noodles and add them to any dish and they are ready to eat, you can warm/heat them if you prefer. Enjoy this healthy, refreshing, and warming dish!
13. Sautéed Vegetables and Chickpeas with Pasta
This recipe for Sautéed Vegetables and Chickpeas with Pasta by Desiree Rodriguez is so tasty! If you don’t have any of the ingredients, you can easily substitute any of them with what you have. Simple, quick, and perfectly filling.
14. Green Pea Fusilli Salad with Orange Citrus Vinaigrette
Served as a meal or side dish, this Green Pea Fusilli Salad with Orange Citrus Vinaigrette by Julie Zimmer is refreshing and flavorful. It’s a salad that will fill you up but in a light kind way. It’s also easy to make. Packed with vitamins, fiber, and minerals, the green pea fusilli in this dish will also give you good quality plant protein. Made with 100% green peas ground into flour, the fusilli is an alternative to traditional pasta and a great way to get your plant protein without lentils or tofu. Gluten-free, nutritious, and light, a salad like this one is particularly nice to have when the weather is warm. What makes this salad special is the vinaigrette. The homemade orange citrus vinaigrette blends in perfectly with this salad. It’s sweet and savory with citrus overtones and it awakens all those earthy flavors in the salad.
15. Quick High-Protein Vegetable Stir-Fry
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