Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

A year and a half ago, I shared a recipe for a dairy-free creamy almond garlic sauce and today I want to show you one of my favorite ways to use it. Spiralized zucchini noodles FTW! These almond garlic zoodles with roasted broccoli make for a flavorful, healthy dinner or lunch. Sharing this recipe was also a great opportunity to go back and update the photography in the old sauce post–man has my understanding of lighting improved in the last couple years!

While the broccoli roasts, you’ll make the sauce on the stovetop so that everything can be mixed together at the end. From start to finish, it usually takes me 35-40 minutes to make this dish.

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner. Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 2-4 servings depending on how hungry you are

Creamy Almond Garlic Zoodles with Roasted Broccoli (Dairy-Free)

Ingredients

  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 white onion, minced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour*
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (1 for roasting broccoli, 1 for sauce)
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. While oven preheats, spiralize your zucchini. Gently pat the zoodles with a paper towel to remove excess water. Set aside.
  2. Cut florets off broccoli head. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper and spread on a pan (I like to line pan with parchment paper to make clean-up easier. Roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes.
  3. While broccoli roasts, prepare the almond garlic sauce: DIRECTIONS.
  4. During the final few minutes of the sauce simmering and reducing, add in the zoodles to the pan. Stir until completely coated and cook for 2-5 minutes, depending on how soft you want the zoodles. I typically only cook them a couple minutes until they're warmed through but not too soft.
  5. Stir in the broccoli and enjoy.
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Zoodles and roasted broccoli in a creamy almond garlic sauce. This delicious recipe is dairy-free and perfect for your next Meatless Monday dinner.

If you do Meatless Monday, this would be a great dish to make tomorrow (or any day). You can also customize by adding veggies of your choice to the roasting pan. I love this sauce in Buddha bowls as well: quinoa or brown rice, all my favorite roasted veggies, and almond garlic sauce smothering the whole yummy thing.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Mine has been uncharacteristically productive. Grocery shopping, workouts, apartment cleaning, getting ahead on work, cooking–who am I?! AN ADULT?! *gasp*

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning.

If you follow me on Instagram, you already got a sneak peek at this bomb.com blueberry muffin overnight oats recipe. My reluctance to embrace Instagram stories out of loyalty to Snapchat has stepped aside and I’m actually starting to really enjoy it. I love that you can tag people in stories and easily start messaging convos so I’ll be sharing health/fitness/blog/life stuff on there a lot more now. But back to this recipe …

I’ve mentioned before that I love blueberry muffin Larabars (I eat one almost every single day), and this overnight oats recipe was born from that obsession. I was hesitant because lemon in oatmeal?! But trust me, it gives the oats a zing that perfectly compliments the sweetness of the blueberries and maple syrup. If you still think it sounds weird, just omit the zest so that the lemon flavor isn’t as intense. Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning.

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 servings (or 1 massive one if you're hangry)

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

A grab-and-go breakfast you can make the night before, these blueberry muffin overnight oats are delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk*
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)**
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice (juice from half a lemon)
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest***

Instructions

  1. For the zest, use a peeler to remove the peel of half a lemon (just the yellow part--avoid the white pith underneath). Finely mince the peel.
  2. Add all ingredients to a mason jar or bowl that can be covered and mix well.
  3. Refrigerate at least a couple hours or overnight.
  4. Enjoy cold.

Notes

*You can use the almond milk of your choice but if it's sweetened, I'd recommend reducing the amount of maple syrup added and if it's vanilla almond milk, I'd reduce the amount of vanilla extract you then add. **I always add chia seeds to my overnight oats because I like the added texture but you can totally omit them. ***As mentioned in the blog post, if you're hesitant to add lemon to oatmeal, eliminate the zest so the flavor isn't as strong.

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Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning.

I go through phases with breakfasts where I’ll eat the same thing almost every morning for months or even years before switching it up and right now I’m definitely in an all-things-oatmeal phase (check out this cinnamon raisin overnight oats recipe, too!). I love that it fills me up and keeps me satisfied until lunch. Usually in the summer my go-to switches to smoothies, but the refreshing zing of the lemon in these blueberry muffin overnight oats might make it a warm weather keeper for me. Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning. Prepare these blueberry muffin overnight oats in a few minutes the night before (under 10 ingredients!) so you have a delicious breakfast ready to go in the morning.

I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! On Friday night I cooked a big dinner for me and Joe and we just hung in and then last night we had a friend’s birthday party at Capo in Southie. The basement of Capo is pretty hilarious. Upstairs it’s this nice Italian restaurant with people dressed up on dates and then you go downstairs and it looks like the man cave of a dude in the throws of a midlife crisis. So random! Boston readers–have you been down there yet??

Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

Droooool. I made a batch of these southwestern stuffed bell peppers with butternut squash early last week and was enjoying the leftovers for lunch every day afterwards. They’re so good! I’m using a rainbow assortment of peppers for the vibrant, colorful pictures (blogger priorities) but you can use any color you’d like. In my personal opinion, you can’t beat red. Anyone else agree??

Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash

Yield: 6 stuffed peppers

Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers with Butternut Squash

Ingredients

  • 6 bell peppers
  • 2 cups cooked rice (I used a wild rice blend)
  • 1 cup black beans (rinse first)
  • 1 cup corn (thaw if using frozen)
  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled and diced small
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed and finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup shredded cheese (I recommend pepperjack)
  • 2 tbsp cilantro for garnish (optional)
  • Extra virgin olive oil for sautéing (about 1 1/2 tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the ingredients as mentioned in the ingredient list (peel, dice, chop, cook the rice, etc). Cut off the tops of the peppers and remove and seeds and insides. Don't throw away the tops! Cut around the stem and chop up the pepper tops to add to your filling.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Heat the olive oil on a large skillet on the stovetop on medium-high heat. Add in the garlic and stir until fragrant and light golden. Add the onion and butternut squash to the skillet, stirring occasionally 3-4 minutes until onions start to turn translucent. Add in the chopped bell pepper and jalapeño and continue to sauté another 4-5 minutes. Last, stir in the black beans and corn and cook another couple minutes until everything is fully combined.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the skillet mixture with the rice, cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper and 1/3 cup of the cheese (save the other 1/3 for topping). Mix well.
  5. Place the peppers in a large baking dish and fill with the mixture. Pour a thin layer of water in the base of the pan, cover the pan and peppers with tin foil and place in the oven for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove the pan from the oven, discard the tin foil, top each pepper with the remaining shredded cheese and put back in the oven for an additional 10 minutes uncovered.
  7. Remove from oven and garnish with cilantro.

Notes

*Take some liberties with the ingredients! Sometimes I like adding diced tomatoes to the filling. Topping with avocado is another delicious way to serve these. *The leftovers are just as yummy! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave (60 seconds should do the trick).

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If you’re into Meatless Monday, add these to the menu for tomorrow’s dinner–they’re delicious! They’re also really filling, so if you’ve got a steak-and-potatoes person at your dinner table this could be a good option for convincing them vegetarian food really can be satisfying.

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend! I’m off to hang with my family for the day. 🙂