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Lemony "Pasta" with Asparagus, Tomatoes, and Grilled Chicken

A quick and easy lemony "Pasta" using spiralized zucchini noodles aka "zoodles", asparagus and tomatoes, optionally topped with Grilled Chicken.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time17 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lynette Fitzgerald ~ TheGrain-FreeKitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 lb asparagus, cut into 1" pieces
  • 2 zucchini, spiralized into zoodles
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice, fresh squeezed
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • fine sea salt, to taste
  • fresh ground black pepper, to tast
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, optional, omit if vegan or vegetarian

Instructions

  • In a saute pan over medium high heat, add oil, garlic, crushed red pepper, and thyme. Saute until garlic is soft, about 2 minutes.
  • Add in the asparagus and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes or so, just until the asparagus is starting to soften.
  • Add in the lemon juice and the zoodles and gently toss for another 1 minute.
  • Add in the tomatoes and lemon zest and gently toss another 2 minutes and remove from heat.
  • Sprinkle on the parsley, quick toss, and adjust the seasoning with fine sea salt and pepper to your liking.
    Serve immediately, topped with optional grilled chicken.

Notes

Optional toppings instead of chicken: Grilled Shrimp or Bacon Crumbles