5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowl

5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowls - a zippy little lunch bowl that's vegan, paleo, low-carb, and Whole30 friendly! | Zoodle recipes | zucchini recipes | dairy-free recipes | perrysplate.com

Do you get into lunchtime ruts, too? Actually I know you do because I get asked a lot what I eat for lunch, and most of the time my answers aren’t super inspiring. But I’ve got an inspiring idea for you today, friends — 5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowl and a review of a gorgeous cookbook.

I think lunchtime is hard because it interrupts the flow of the day. Or maybe just my day? Am I the only one who gets annoyed by lunch? I tell my husband all the time that I wished we, as humans, only needed to eat once, maybe twice a day.

Some people can get away with eating two large meals a day, but I’ve got a rather healthy appetite. Blessing/curse, yo.

And don’t even get me started on lunches when all my kids happen to be home. #shortordercook

5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowls - a zippy little lunch bowl that's vegan, paleo, low-carb, and Whole30 friendly! | Plus a review of Nourishing Superfood Bowls by Lindsay Cotter | perrysplate.com

If I HAVE to eat lunch, I’m totally glad I have this book — Nourishing Superfood Bowls by Lindsay Cotter. Have you been to Lindsay’s blog, Cotter Crunch? Gorgeous, healthy stuff. I love Lindsay’s fresh, approachable take on gluten-free recipes and her photos always dazzle me. And she really loves food puns. She’s my people.

I’ll talk about the zoodle bowl I made in a minute, but I want to tell you more about Lindsay’s book.

5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowls - a zippy little lunch bowl that's vegan, paleo, low-carb, and Whole30 friendly! | Plus a review of Nourishing Superfood Bowls by Lindsay Cotter | perrysplate.com

Page after page of drool-worthy photos and colorful, creative bowls. Doesn’t this Green Goddess Power Salad look amazing??

I see some fresh figs in there, too. Did I tell you I had fresh figs for the first time last year? (I know, where have I been?)

5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowls - a zippy little lunch bowl that's vegan, paleo, low-carb, and Whole30 friendly! | Plus a review of Nourishing Superfood Bowls by Lindsay Cotter | perrysplate.com

There’s even a dessert chapter! This is the Creamy Chocolate Streusel Bowl. Yum.

All of Lindsay’s recipes are gluten-free and most of them are dairy-free. I especially love how she includes options for all healthy eating options — paleo/low-carb/vegetarian. There’s something for everyone here!

5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowls - a zippy little lunch bowl that's vegan, paleo, low-carb, and Whole30 friendly! | Zoodle recipes | zucchini recipes | dairy-free recipes | perrysplate.com

I was super impressed by this quick little lunch bowl. It came from the Zippy Lunch Bowls chapter — yes, a whole chapter for quick, creative lunches! The “cheese” sauce has a nutritional yeast base with a touch of tomato sauce and comes together super fast.

Grab a copy of Lindsay’s book, Nourishing Superfood Bowls, and you might end up liking lunch again, too.

If you’d like to win a copy of Lindsay’s book, I’m giving one away this weekend over on my Instagram! Just find the zucchetti bowl photo and follow instructions.  

5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowl

Yield: Serves 1

Prep Time: 5

Cook Time: 30-45 seconds

Total Time: About 5 minutes

Lunch doesn’t need to be boring. Or time consuming. This 5-Minute Cheesy Zucchetti Bowl is a great way to eat zoodles and is paleo, low-carb, and vegan!

Ingredients:

  • 2 small zucchinis
  • 1/3 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1 plum tomato, thinly sliced
  • Pinch of Italian seasoning
  • Fresh basil or parsley
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon capers

Directions:

  1. Spiralize or thinly julienne-cut the zucchini. Place in a bowl and press with a paper towel to remove the excess water. Drain any excess water from the bowl.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the nutritional yeast, almond milk, olive oil, and garlic. Cook in the microwave for 30-45 seconds until warm. Remove and whisk the mixture until well combined. Add the salt, pepper, and tomato sauce, and whisk again.
  3. Toss the almond milk mixture with the zucchini noodles and add the sliced tomato. Add a sprinkle of Italian seasoning, basil, red pepper flakes and capers. Season with salt and pepper to taste, if desired.

Nat’s Notes:

  1. Lindsay suggests adding chickpeas, chicken or gluten-free sausage to add some protein.
  2. I don’t have a microwave in my kitchen, so I made the sauce in a small skillet on the stove.
  3. I prefer warm zucchini noodles, so I tossed the whole thing into the skillet and warmed it up for a few minutes. If your zucchini is room temperature when you start, you probably don’t need to do this.
  4. I used a few quartered grape tomatoes and omitted the capers.

Recipe from Nourishing Superfood Bowls by Lindsay Cotter. Shared with permission from Page Street Publishing.

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