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Jan 16 2015
2 years ago
2:54 PM MDT

Pesto Zucchini Noodles (Dairy-Free AND Whole 30 Approved Meal Idea)

Jan 16, 2015 @ 2:54 PM MDT
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Pesto Zucchini Noodles by Hip2Save

If you’re trying to incorporate more healthy veggies into your meals, try replacing pasta with noodles made from zucchini! Add this flavorful dairy-free pesto sauce and some grilled chicken and you’ll have an amazing meal. And this delicious meal idea also happens to fit within the Whole30 nutritional plan that Collin is following.
Microplane Spiral Cutter Hip2Save
To make the zucchini noodles, I used this micro plane spiral cutter found on and pictured above (or try using a cheese grater turned on its side). Note that Collin’s favorite is this World Cuisine Spiral Vegetable Slicer.

Pesto Zucchini Noodles


For the noodles:

2 large chicken breasts – grilled
5 zucchinis – sliced into noodles
teaspoon olive oil
salt & pepper to taste

For the Non-Dairy Pesto:
(Recipe via

1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups basil leaves
2 oz. pine nuts, walnuts, or shelled pistachios
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic
salt & pepper to taste

how to make zoodles Hip2Save
Directions: Combine pesto ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender and pulse until mixture is coarsely ground. Makes about 1 cup prepared pesto. Shred zucchini into noodles and sauté in a pan with olive oil on the stove for just a few minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Combine pesto with noodles. Top with sliced grilled chicken. I like to use a cast iron grill pan on the stove for convenience when grilling chicken indoors. Serves 4

My family absolutely loved this meal – the zucchini noodles rock! They are super light but also very satisfying! And the pesto was surprisingly flavorful minus the cheese (of course, you can always add in cheese if you don’t mind the dairy!).

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s recipes created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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