When given the choice, we often opt for oodles of noodles over servings of salad.
90% of Americans aren’t eating enough vegetables. Not only do veggies help lower your risk of obesity and heart disease, they’re crucial for a healthy smile. Fiber-rich vegetables stimulate saliva flow, decreasing your chance for cavities.
But what if a dish without noodles went unnoticed? Whether you have celiac disease, a gluten intolerance or you’re just trying to cut carbs, these zoodles will please every palate:
Filled with fiber, this crunchy green contains 95% water. Zucchini is a home run for your body and smile. Zucchini also contains calcium and vitamin C; minerals that strengthen enamel promote healthy gums.
• 1/2 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
• ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
• 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
• Salt and pepper
• 2 tablespoons high-burning oil
• 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
• 2 cups low sodium marinara or pasta sauce
• 4 slices low-fat mozzarella cheese
• 2 zucchinis
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the Parmesan in a shallow dish with the Italian herbs, salt, and pepper. Heat the oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Cut the chicken breasts into a total of 4 pieces and dip in the cheese mixture. Add the chicken to the hot skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side. The inside can finish cooking in the oven.
Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 5-10 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked. Add the sauce and place a slice of mozzarella cheese on top of each piece of chicken. Return to the oven for a few more minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and lightly browned.
While the chicken finishes, cut the zucchini into thin shreds or use a spiralizer to create the zoodles. Serve the chicken and sauce over the raw zucchini noodles and sprinkle with Parmesan and parsley.
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