This delicious, fresh tasting courgetti recipe is so versatile, it can be shared with the rest of the family. It’s high in protein, so great for getting that metabolism burning and keeping you feeling fuller for longer. If the rest of the family aren’t watching their calorie intake, or don’t need to be as low, you can use courgetti for you, and standard pasta or spaghetti for everyone else.
At only 270 calories, this is a really low calorie lunch or dinner that everyone will love.Print
Fresh and tasty, low calorie ‘courgetti’ lunch or dinner
6 courgettes (about 1 and a half courgettes per person)
2 diced chicken breasts
4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Juice of a lemon
1 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper to taste
Grated parmesan cheese (optional)
Pinch of chilli pepper flakes (optional)
Using a spiralizer or a vegetable peeler, create your courgetti.
Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy based pan, over a medium-high heat.
Add the courgetti and cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, until they are al dente.
Let it rest for about 3 minutes so that all of the moisture is released.
Transfer them to a colander and drain the excess water from the pan.
Meanwhile, wipe the pan and heat a tablespoon of olive oil, when its heated through, add the diced chicken and cook until it is lightly browned.
Add the quartered cherry tomatoes and parsley, lower to a simmer and cook until the tomatoes start to break down and release some of their juice.
In the meantime in a small bowl combine the lemon juice, the remaining tablespoon of olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Add the courgetti to the pan of chicken, tomatoes and parley, along with the lemon juice and oil mixture.
Stir until everything is combined and heated through.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (go easy on this if you need your calories to be really low) and chilli pepper flakes and serve!
For those who don’t need their calories to be that low, you can use standard pasta. This would add an extra 200 calories, if you swapped out the courgetti for 65g spaghetti (dry weight) per person.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 15
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 270