Low Calorie healthy Pasta Dinner – Great for Weight Loss

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Dear Warriorz,

Since you’ve been putting so much effort lately into your training, I would like to share with you some great recipes as a reward 🙂 I am happy to see your progress and your before and after pictures. I think you guys are awesome and you are obviously working really hard to get where you want to be. I have been able to keep myself in great shape for the past 6 years with my workouts and one thing that I am noticing is that the food I eat, has been affecting me more since I turned 30. It obviously didn’t happen over night, but I can tell you that 4 years ago, my body was responding to things like pasta or pizza with more ease than it does nowadays 🙂 It’s well known that your metabolism naturally slows down after you turn 30 and it tents to decrease even more with each decade. While you can’t stop the aging process completely, you can slow it down by far with regular exercise and healthy and consistent diet.

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All that said, we have to start focusing on our diet a little bit more, but we have to have fun with it just like we do with the workouts. I keep my workouts fun, short, and super effective. That has always been my thing. Now when it comes to food, I want my meals to be not only nutritious, but also really tasty and fun as well. The first one in my new series of Z-licious recipes is Healthy Low Calorie Pasta Dinner. Watch the video above for step by step instructions of how to prepare this meal and here is the recipe in a written form as well.

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Ingredients

2 Summer Squash (one yellow, one green)

1/4 of a large onion

1/2 a can of Garbanzo Beans also known as chickpeas

about 1 medium size bowl of finely chopped fresh parsley

fresh lemon juice from 1/2 of lemon

2 cloves of garlic

2 tbls extra virgin olive oil.

 

Instructions

1. Create squash papperdelle with a peeler (mandoline slicer). Place on a plate and set aside for now.

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2. Squeeze the lemon juice into the bowl with parsley.

3. Squish the garlic cloves into the parsley as well and mix it together. Add the chickpeas into the parsley and mix again. Set aside.

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4. Chop the onion coarsely.

5. Heat up the olive oil and saute the onion in a medium sauce pan until it turns golden or light brown. Then add the squash papperdelle into the sauce pan as well and saute for another 2 minutes. The last step is to add the parsley mixture with chickpeas and saute for another 1 or 2 minutes. Salt for taste and if you want it to be really yummy, then add some parmesan cheese.

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6. Keep the leftovers in refrigerator. You will have an awesome lunch tomorrow!

Let me know how did you enjoy this meal and share some of your recipes!!

Best,

Z.

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73 comments on “Low Calorie healthy Pasta Dinner – Great for Weight Loss”

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    I love this recipe! I have been following the zcut cardio series for a little over a month and while i have lost inches i have not lost much weight. I am now following your advice to cut down on starch. So I am hoping this does the trick! After three kids it is my dream to wear a bikini again!

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    This looks absolutely delicious…gonna definitely try it tonight!

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    Ahoj Zuzko, tvoje recepty jsou skvele, o tom zadna 🙂 Ja bych ale potrebovala poradit – delam tve workouty, cca 3x do tydne si pridam jeste jinou aktivitu (lehci, ale delsi, tak na hodku – jizda na koni, kolo, plavani). S cim mam problem, je jidlo. Snazim se jist zdrave, vyvazene, ale nehubnu. Vim, ze je to jidlem, protoze s Tebou cvicim od ledna a citim zlepseni ve vykonnosti, ale vaha neklesa. Mam problem s porcemi a se stresem – Tve porce mi nestaci… necitim se vubec zasycena. Nedelam nocni najezdy na lednicku, ale vim, ze toho snim tak na udrzovani. Nepomaha mi zacpat se zeleninou… No a kdyz ma stresove obdobi (- problemy doma, zkouskove), tak to resim jidlem 🙁 porad uzobavam neco, neexistuje pocit zasyceni. Jak to telo tedy “obalamutit”, abych se citila 100% syta? Se zeleninou nemam problem, ale k pocitu uplne sytosti ji musim snist fakt hodne… Odpoved klidne v anglictine, nemam s tim problem, jen ja bych v aj prispevek vymyslela tyden :-))) Diky za odpoved – mam 173cm a 73kg. Potrebuju se proste nejak dostat na male porce bez toho anizbych umirala hlady…. Dekuji a hezky den, M.

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    It looks delicious! What a great idea, and thanks for sharing. 😀

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    Did the squash-pasta before, but with another sauce. I did them in smaller stripes, so they looked like spaghetti 😉

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    This looks delish, but since chickpeas are part of the soy family, I will substitute white beans. Soy screws up your thyroid gland function.

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    Im gonna make this tonight! I dont have to go shopping for this haha Thanks Zuz!!!!!!!!!

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    to Míša Javůrková: Ahoj Míšo, já třeba se Zuzkou cvičím rok a půl a shodila jsem už 8 kg. Nejdřív jsem myslela, že stačí, když budu cvičit, ale potom jsem přišla na to, že je potřeba udělat i něco s jídlem. 1x za měsíc třeba na týden až 14 dní úplně omezím sacharidy, k obědu si dám třeba kuř.maso se zeleninovým salátem, k večeři třeba míchaná vajíčka nebo opět nějaký ten salátek. Zkus experimentovat, na mě to zabralo. Hodně štěstí všem, kteří se snaží změnit svojí životosprávu 🙂 Good luck to everyone 🙂

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    Delicious! The only thing I would change is bake it in coconut fat, because olive oil is not meant to be heated.

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    but why is starch bad?

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    Ahoj cvičím s tebou 2,5roku,kondice dobrá,ale problém mám se stehnama, nedaří se mi je vyrýsovat jako je máš ty. Uvítám rady ! Díky Stana

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    Please, tell me what model name of your blender?

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    Trying this tonight. YUM! Thank you!!

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    I’m from Poland my english is quite good but i have no idea what summer squash is and what are those beans called in my country.

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    Hello Luczek! This is simply Cukinia))
    About beans I don’t know either.
    I am from Belarus)

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    Hello Zuzka!
    I like you Z-licious receipe!!!
    I am 32years old and your new approach to nutrirtion is great! I like it!
    Thank you!

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    those beans are called ciecierzyca. I am not sure about summer squash. I don’t think they sell it in Poland. Squash jest rodziny dyniowatych..

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    Susanne! I am a mom of 2 boys and I had the same issue I gained weight doing Zoe workouts! Once I listened to zuzka and took out processed foods and took all her tips and used them….I had insane transformations !!!! I eat the same breakfast and lunch everyday and change my dinner up but have no processed foods at all!!!!! Just keep doing her workouts and drink lots of water and you will be in a bikini!!!!!! Good luck and thank you zuzka! Love Adriana!

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    Susanne! I am a mom of 2 boys and I had the same issue I gained weight doing Zoe workouts! Once I listened to zuzka and took out processed foods and took all her tips and used them….I had insane transformations !!!! I eat the same breakfast and lunch everyday and change my dinner up but have no processed foods at all!!!!! Just keep doing her workouts and drink lots of water and you will be in a bikini!!!!!! Good luck and thank you zuzka! Love Adriana!

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    Sorry Zoe” damn spell check

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    Sorry Zoe” damn spell check

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    Chickpeas are in the legume family, which does include soybeans, but also includes peanuts, peas, beans, alfalfa, carob and licorice. The debate about soy and thyroid issues is raging, but I’ve never seen anything about other legumes and thyroid function. Chickpeas are low in calories and high in protein, and as long as you’re not eating soy in every meal (i.e. staying away from all packaged foods, or checking the labels at least!) you should be fine.

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    Just now tried it – loved it! 🙂

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    I’m really excited about this! I think I’m going to try it. I’ll comment again if I do with my review 🙂 Thank you so much for all you do!

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    That looks really delicious. I am DEFINITLY going to try this recipe. And the best part is it looks so easy to prepare, thank you Zuzka. Your the best. Oh yea I did zwow #58 AND #65 this morning.

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    great recipe but its not carb free, chickpeas have some carbs and theres a little bit in the zucchini as well. Of course they’re both nutrient dense foods but this recipe is not carb free

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    Hello. To Luczek 🙂 cukinia i ciecierzyca, tutaj uzyta z puszki. Nie pamietam czy w takiej postaci mozna bylo kupic w Polsce

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    Looks delicious. It will be my tomorrow’s dinner. Im pretty sure I will love it. I like all ingredients so Im positive about it. Thank you. And I would like to add that Im impressed that my dvds came very fast, just 3 days. Cheers

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    I will have to try this and let you know, Z. I’m not a fan of any raw zucchini, so I don’t buy it but a couple times a year! This cooked recipe sounds like it should be enjoyable! ☼ ♫♪♪♫♪☺

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    aha – another reason why I will like this is because of using the skin! I find that the skin of summer squash are far more flavorful and the fibery texture of them is more palatable. .. thus, your opening line of “and..don’t do EEhhh!!” ♪♫♫♪♫♪ hahahha..! ~ Cooking them with the skin could be one of the reasons others don’t like it either, so I’m eager to try this. ☺

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    * I meant, “Cooking them withOUT the skin could be one of the reasons others don’t like it either, ..” ☺

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    Summer Squash can be Zucchini or other early harvested (immature) squash. You harvest them while the rind is still soft and edible is the main difference I think. –Chris

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    This was amazing. I didn’t have any parsley so I sub for Kale, and sub lemon for lime. I sub garlic powder for the garlic, I wish I had the clove, but it worked pretty well. I made a batch and wanted to save some for the following day,but it was so delish I ate the whole thing. Thanks Z, plz keep them coming!!!

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    You look so healthy, happy and beautiful in the last photo of this post 🙂 Cannot wait to try this recipe and will be on the lookout for more! <3<3<3

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    i never feel guilty for my pasta 😛 however this recipe looks delicious!

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    Nummy!! Thank you for sharing. The carb scene really does me in. I look forward to giving this recipe a try.

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    Just tried this tonight. It’s absolutely delicious!! I used white beans instead( not sure I can find chickpeas in my country). But it worked perfect))) all if your receipes that I’ve tried so far were perfect for my taste(your roasted cauliflower salad-I’ve already made it a hundred times and I still can’t get enough of it)))) thanks so much for sharing.

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    Just tried this tonight. It’s absolutely delicious!! I used white beans instead( not sure I can find chickpeas in my country). But it worked perfect))) all if your receipes that I’ve tried so far were perfect for my taste(your roasted cauliflower salad-I’ve already made it a hundred times and I still can’t get enough of it)))) thanks so much for sharing.

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    I’m not convinced I will like it but I will try it.

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    I loved it! Thanks Zuzka! I didn’t haven’t chickpeas so I substituted lentils. Tasted great. Also, as much as I love parmesan, I am trying to cut down on cheese in general since I think it has been bothering my stomach. So I tried with with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast. Needless to say, I think the parmesan would have been much better! :p Great recipe. Thanks again!

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    OMG this recipe is amazing!!!! I try it and it was super ñumiiii and the best thing: easy and fast to do it. Love it!!!

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    Love it. That was my dinner and only my dinner 🙂 I didnt share, also dont have leftovers 😛 Delicious.

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    I will try this, but without so much oil. At 120 calories/Tbsp I watch how much I use now. The lemon & parsley combo will make it interesting. & I agree about having to watch what we eat as we age. Metabolism slowing & muscle mass decreasing as we age is working against us. Good thing we have your workouts to help us. Thanks!

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    I am going to try this tonight! Looks amazing! I didn’t quite catch what you added at the end Zuzana…a type of seed? Pumpkin or something? Not listed in ingredient list above either… If anyone knows, can you please post. Thanks! 🙂

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    This looks really good but what leftovers? The whole recipe is under 600 calories and if you’re using these workouts you should be able to have a 600 calorie dinner like this without a problem. This is why I don’t eat 5-6 times a day and opt to eat 2 larger meals and a snack if I want to, if I had 600 calories for dinner that would leave me 1100 calories during the rest of the day on a workout day. I would be hungry in 2 hrs if I only ate half of this for dinner!

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    Thanks GuyZ And GIrlZ, where google couldnt Zwarriorz could 🙂

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    So good!!! I doubled the recipe for me, my husband and 2 kids and still had left overs for lunch! Thank you!

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    Thank you Zuka, thumbs up. I am going to make this dish later in the week once I have picked up the ingrediants. It looks delicious ,can’t wait to try. Very creative choice.

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    I just tried this recipe, just the way you described it: with 2 cloves of garlic, some pepitas, and parmezan cheese at the end. Very good indeed, and it “looks and feels” like pasta, too. The garlic does magic, and the lemon makes this very satisfying, so I just ate a half, the other rests in my lunch-box. Thank you Zuzka for these amazing recipes. PS: Also tried some of the smoothies. Hugs from Romania.

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    I saw couple of comments from Slavic countries… Summer squash – eto zheltie kabachki. I made this last night and it was amazing!!!!!!! I added a tomato and some mushrooms to mine… Would’ve been super healthy if not couple of glasses of wine that I consumed in the process … LOL

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    The only reason the metabolism slows down with age is the loss of muscle.mass. Studies have proven that if you do not become sedentary and instead build/maintain muscle mass, you do NOT have to have a slower metabolism. Keep working out, keep doing strength training & you can enjoy a healthy metabolic rate.

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    I’m always trying new healthy recipes and I can honestly say that out of the many I’ve tried yours are the only ones I’ve truly liked and made numerous times (gluten free pizza? 5..I’ve made it 5 times). I’ll admit that when I looked at this one I thought, “Yeah I’ve done the zucchini squash pasta substitute before” but I tried it anyway. I’m so glad I did – it was outstanding. You’re a pro at designing short, effective, intense workouts (so glad I don’t have to kill myself in the gym anymore!) and healthy but very tasty recipes. Your eggplant towers were a huge hit with my family…even my toddler ate them and she’s incredibly picky. I did add a bunch of cilantro to this because I like it better than parsley but the combination of the two was still tasty. Can’t wait for more! I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow too. 🙂

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    Simple, clean, nutritious recipe. Flavor profile is wonderful. Thank you!!

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    Just cooked it and will take it with me to the place where i work as my lunch for today and tomorrow. Didn´t add the garlic because i´ll have to talk to people 😉
    It will for sure still taste great.

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    Dang! That was SCRUMPTIOUS!! Wanted to eat it all, but did save half for lunch tomorrow. It will be the envy of the breakroom at work! 🙂 So easy and quick to make. Perfect way to use all of those zucchini squash coming my way from friends’ gardens this summer. Thank you lovely Z!!

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    Made this for dinner tonight….forgot the beans though…..YAMMMIIIII !!! I will for sure make this more than once 🙂
    Whish you all a joyfull weekend!! 🙂

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    Just had my bowl of pasta and it was very z-licious =) I added some spinach and mushrooms (love mushrooms!) and I will definitely make it again. Next time I make the zucchini pasta with the Egggplant Tower tomato sauce (already planned for in two days)! Can’t wait! Thanks Z! You are wonderful!

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    I loved this one!!! I added carrot papperdelle to the squash, everything was so delicious!

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    Love the recepy. I just wanted to let you know that though your website is lovely, it is very slow. Probably because it has many visitors. Love visiting, but it takes way too long to go through the posts.

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    Just made it and I LOVE it!!! Thank you sooooo much!!!

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    Thank you Zu! this recipe was delicious! I just finished my dinner, I replace the parsley with coriander and add a little curry at the end. 🙂

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    great recipe!! easy to do and very tasty.

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    I cooked this for my diner tonight. I absolutely LOVED it. I had to fight with my self not to eat tomorrow’s leftovers. Lol yummy. Thank so so much for what you’re doing here and for all the motivation we give us. You Rock girl! 🙂

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    I would love to try this recipe but just a little confused and feel silly for asking but for the squash pappardelle do you use the whole squash or just the skin? like i said i feel silly for asking but appreciate the help since ive never cooked squash before.

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    I made this tonight but made some substitutions. I didn’t have parsley so I used fresh spinach and I used black beans instead of garbanzo beans. It was amazing and I wanted to eat the whole thing.

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    I appreciate you sharing this article post.Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

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    I just made this. It is delicious. I will be having this for lunch this week! Yummy

    love love love

    (I switched the parsley for basil and added a touch of parm Romano)

    tnx Zuzka

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    Hi Zuzka how are you doing? Just to let you know i just made your low calorie pasta salad, and is real good and easy to make, which I love. I would like to send you the picture of my pasta can i share that with you? I don’t use Instagram or tweeter so how would i do it?

    Thanks for sharing : )

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    looks wonderful! 🙂

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