I’m all about the spiralized recipes this week. I usually spiralize pretty frequently, but I took a break from it for a few months and I’m not sure why. It’s so fun and EASY! Not to mention incredibly healthy and a great way to pack extra veggies into your diet. I love how quickly spiralized meals come together, and how flavorful they are with such few ingredients. Can you tell I’m a bit obsessed?
I found these absolutely beautiful baby heirloom tomatoes at the store, and knew I had to do something with them.
One of my favorite things to do with baby or cherry tomatoes is to roast them in the oven with garlic until they burst and get all sweet and caramelized. It’s THE BEST.
Sometimes I’ll roast a head of garlic and mash it up with the burst tomatoes to create a sauce too..or a spread for crusty bread. So many possibilities!
To these zoodles I added the garlicky tomatoes, mild Italian chicken sausage, basil, and a touch of parm. Incredibly simple but such an amazing marriage of flavors. Plus, it comes together in thirty minutes or less.
It’s also Whole 30 friendly if you can find sausage without added sugar or weird ingredients (Whole foods carries some brands) and paleo if you skip the parm. I know so many people who do Whole 30 in January, my mother included, so you’ll be seeing a lot of healthier and Whole 30/paleo recipes this month!
The perfect healthy weeknight meal!
- 3 cups baby heirloom tomatoes (can sub cherry or grape tomatoes)
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper
- ¾ lb. mild Italian chicken sausage (or about 2 links)
- 2 medium-large zucchini, spiralized
- red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons chopped basil + extra for garnish
- parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400℉. Put tomatoes on a baking sheet and toss with olive oil, garlic, and a few pinches of salt and pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes until burst and golden, stirring a couple times during cooking time.
- While tomatoes are roasting, brown the sausage in a large skillet, breaking up with your spoon or spatula into small pieces. This should take about 7-8 minutes.
- Once sausage is cooked through, add a pinch of red pepper flakes and the zucchini noodles and cook for 2-3 minutes until cooked through. You don't want them to get mushy, just barely cooked. I like mine to have some crunch!
- Once tomatoes are finished, add to the zoodles and toss. Stir in the basil.
- Serve with extra basil and parmesan cheese if desired!