Skinny Bolognese Zoodles

by lisa on March 11, 2016 · 1 comment

skinny bolognese

Dear L.B.S,

This week I got my first taste of spring and I decided we need to break up.  I have big plans this summer and really need to be free from you. You are a drag to run with and I have a few trips to Florida, a high school reunion and vacations that you are not invited to. I’m sorry but our dates of sitting on the couch, watching movies and drinking wine while eating chocolate are over.  I don’t think it is a good idea that we stay friends either because once you leave I don’t want you coming back.  You made me a much bigger person and I thought I could just scale back our relationship.  But the truth is, things just got too heavy and I want you out of my life. So I’ll sacrifice the Italian dinners, the cocktails and desserts we’ve had together.  I truly hope you find someone else to be attached to.

Love, Lisa


I won’t give you the gory details of the scale but it’s time. I had one of those moments. You know the one where you look at a photo of yourself and think “Oh, gosh that can’t be me.” If you’ve looked at my Instagram page for the last few months, you’ll understand how this happened. I could never cut out all treats so there will still be plenty of  good food and recipes. But there will also be lots of healthy recipes and I will be hitting the gym much more than I do now. Also my Fitbit and FitnessPal app is now in working order.

Today I’m starting off with a recipe for Skinny Bolognese Zoodles. Zucchini is a great substitute for pasta if you are watching calories and carbs. I make pasta also because the rest of my family would not be happy with just noodles made out of zucchini. And if I have a good work out day, I might even eat a half cup of pasta myself.


Making the zoodles is easy. I use a Veggetti spiral slicer to make the noodles but there are many inexpensive kitchen gadgets that work. Or you could use your a food processor. The zoodles then cook in a sprayed non-stick pan for just a few minutes until wilted. Depending on your zucchini, you might want to drain them in a colander so that they are not watery when the sauce is added.

This Bolognese sauce is made with 96% lean ground beef. While I like ground turkey in many recipes, lean ground beef only has 4 grams of fat which is even less than regular ground turkey. The sauce is very easy to make and you don’t have to worry about draining the grease from the meat because there is none. I make several batches and throw them in the freezer. Whenever I want a quick week night meal, all I have to do is saute’ some veggies and reheat the sauce.

What is your favorite healthy meal?

zoodles bolognese

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Skinny Bolognese Zoodles
Recipe type: entree
Cuisine: Italian/ healthy
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Serves: 6
This healthy Bolognese sauce will be your new favorite Italian meal!
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 16 ounces 96% lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon dried basil or 3 Tablespoons fresh basil
  • crushed red pepper, to taste
  • 3 to 4 medium zucchini
  1. In a large sauce pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add garlic and saute for two minutes. Add ground beef and salt. Cook for about 10 minutes or until meat is no longer pink. Stir occasionally to break up meat.
  2. Add tomatoes, wine, onion powder and basil. Stir well, bring heat to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes. Add crushed red pepper to taste.
  3. While sauce is simmering, Make the zoodles from the zucchini using a spiralizer.
  4. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat and coat with cooking spray. In batches so the pan is not too crowded, cook zoodles for a few minutes or until wilted.
  5. Drain and serve the zucchini noodles with the sauce.


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Kristin @ March 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

Looks delicious! I love zucchini noodles, they are a great pasta substitute. Great idea to make the sauce ahead of time and freeze it, I am going to try that!


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