Spiralized Pesto Zucchini Noodles


pesto noodles

I’m currently obsessed with these spiralized pesto zucchini noodles. They seriously taste like something special and healthy that would be served at a luxury spa resort. In fact, chefs utilize the spiralizer kitchen tool for creating inventive vegetable dishes. Last night at a trendy a high end restaurant, my King Copper River salmon was served atop a bed of spiralized green and yellow zucchini with a creamy pureed pea sauce.

I’ve been experimenting with variations and they all are wonderful. You can serve these noodles as is as a vegetable side dish or tossed with a bit of leftover cooked meat or tofu for a light main meal. You could also use the vegetable noodles as an interesting presentation for cooked fish as shown below.


Maria Faires Pesto Spiralized Zucchini Noodles

Serves 3

3 Zucchini

4 Tbsp Prepared Pesto (I use Costco’s)

3 Tbs Grated Parmesan

Wash, dry and cut off ends of the zucchini. Set up your spiralizer. (My favorite spiralizer is found in the Amazon widget here) and insert the shredder blade for cutting long, spaghetti-like spiral strands.

Set a large nonstick skillet next to the spiralizer.

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pesto 2

Spiralize all the zucchini into the skillet you will be using.  Put the skillet on the stove on a medium heat  burner. Add the pesto. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until it is done to your preference. Serve on plates and top with grated parmesan.

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pesto noodles


Add 2 cups of greens such as baby kale, spinach or Swiss chard to the pan about half way into the cooking process.

Add chopped Kalamata olives or marinated artichoke hearts.

Add half to one cup of cooked meat to zucchini at the beginning. You may have to add another tablespoon of pesto.




Maria Faires’ Honey and Garlic Roasted Grape Tomatoes with Farro, Feta and Walnuts



Maria Faires’ Honey and Garlic Roasted Grape Tomatoes with Farro, Walnuts and Feta

Serves 6 with a half cup serving size.

This is delicious served  as a side dish right after making while still at room temperature or served later as a salad side dish.

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 ½ tablespoons honey

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 pound cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

3/4 cup uncooked farro, I like to use Trader Joe’s 10 minute Farro

2 teaspoons sherry vinegar

¼ teaspoon salt, I like to use sea salt or kosher salt

¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/2 cup)

¼ teaspoons dry thyme or 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine oil, honey, and garlic in a large bowl. Heat in the microwave 15 seconds if your honey isn’t thin. Add tomatoes; gently toss tomatoes with the oil and honey until thoroughly coated. Pour tomatoes and all honey and oil mixture onto a backing sheet with a rim. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes for cherry tomatoes or 10 minutes for grape tomatoes or until wrinkled and soft but not mushy; do not brown. Remove tomatoes from oven; cool to room temperature.
  3. While tomatoes cook, place farro in a medium saucepan and add 1 ½ cups water. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer according to package directions or until nicely chewy and not puffed open and soft. Set aside to cool.
  4. Combine farro, tomato mixture, vinegar, salt, walnuts, feta and thyme in the original large bowl you used and toss gently to combine. Serve immediately, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Maria Faires’ Guide to What To Buy at Trader Joe’s


TJ’s Truly Handmade Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas
Brown Rice Bread
Zen Bakery Muffins
La Tortilla Factory Tortillas- low carb and trans free

Look for those with “100% Whole” as the first ingredient
Golden Flax Cereal, Trader Joe’s
McCann’s Traditional Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal
Weetabix Cereal
Kashi Go Lean Crunch
Country Choice Multigrain Hot
Kashi Cereal (By Good Friends)
Trader Joe’s Oatmeal Cooks in Five Minutes
Fat Free Granola

Bulgur 10 Minute
Farro10 Minute
Barley 10 Minute
Organic Tricolor quinoa
Organic Chia Seeds
Split Pea Soup-Low Fat
Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Instant
Whole Wheat Couscous
Whole Wheat Pasta (Trader Joe’s brand is actually good!)
Basmati Rice Medley
Black Japonica Rice-an heirloom rice. It has its bran and natural nutrient content
Haiga Mai Rice-sticky, sweet and soft. Retains 80% of its rice germ
Turkey Chili with Beans
Wild Rice

Trader Joe’s Chai Tea Decaf Mix
Trader Joe’s Vanilla & Cinnamon Black Tea
Soy Yum, Soy Milk

Punjab Spinach sauce
Masala Sauce
Cioppino Sauce (Seafood Bouillabaisse)
Aged Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Red Pepper Seasoning
Chanterelle Mushrooms in a jar
Marinated Asparagus
Kalamata olives
Roasted red peppers in a jar
Dark Morello Cherries
Papaya in a jar
Big n chunky Applesauce-no preservatives
Canned Corn—very delicious
Dried Calimyrna figs-more plump and moist than Mission figs
Marinated Artichokes in a can

Lite Popcorn
Trader Joe’s Woven Wheats
Trader Joe’s Mini Rye Toasts
Trader Joe’s Soy Crisps
Cat Cookies, Chocolate
Crackers: Crispbread with Feta and Oregano
Lady Fingers cookies
Trader Joe’s Fat Free Caramel Corn
Pirate’s Booty Snacks
Oven Baked Corn Crackers
Fat Free Caramel Rice Crisps
Meringue Cookies
Soy Crisps
Raw Almond Butter
Low fat Honey Whole Wheat Pretzel Sticks
Trader Joe’s Organic Chia Seeds

Baby summer squash
Baby zucchini
Bok Choy, Snow Peas and Sugar Snaps Stir Fry
Butternut Squash
Tuscan Cantaloupe pick the creamy-grooved melon for sweet
Chopped Onions
Collard Greens
Fresh Basil- really great price
Grape Tomatoes or Cocktail tomatoes on the vine
Green Beans
Just the Leaves-Romaine Lettuce
Organic Herb Salad Mix
Red Peppers-best price of any local store
Red, Gold and Purple Potato Medley
Stir Fry Veggies in a bag
Sugar Snap Peas
Trader Joe’s Organic Peeled Carrot in a grab and go pack
Xtra Fine French Yellow green Beans
Pot of Basil Plant
Organic Arugula

Columbus Deli Meat (Hickory Smoked Turkey Pastrami is excellent)
Cantellas Basil Turkey Sausage
Organic Baked Tofu
TJ’s Uncured Hot Dogs
Italian Style Turkey Meatloaf
Just Chicken! Charbroiled Chicken Breast Chunks
Extra Lean Ground Pork
Healthy Canadian Style Bacon
99% Fat Free Celebrity Ham or Black Forest Ham
Wellshire Farms Uncured (No Nitrites and no antibiotics) No: Primo Italian
Applegate Farms (No Nitrites and no antibiotics) No: traditional Italian cold cuts
Uncured Turkey Hot dogs
Organic, Free Range, Boneless, Skinless Chicken Thighs

Avocado Salsa
Organic Roasted Tomatillo Gazpacho
Trader Joe’s Reduced Guilt Chunky Guacamole
Cabot 50% Less Fat White Cheddar or 75% less fat cheese
Trader Joes Fat free Jalapeno Cheese; Sharp; Mozzarella; Caprese Log; Mozzarella; Jalapeno; Armenian Style Braided string cheese
Trader Joe’s reduced fat Gouda
KerryGold Reduced Fat Vintage Irish-excellent taste
Skinny cow Cheese
Lite Muenster
Lite Havarti
Jarlsberg Lite Swiss Cheese
TJ’s Light String Cheese
Spicy Feta Dip
Soy Ginger Marinade
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Skordalia Garlic Potato Dip
Reduced Fat Greek Salad
Reduced Fat Chicken Salad
Reduced Fat Greek Fresh tossed salad
Reduced Fat Nicoise Salad
Trader Joe’s Mango, Red Quinoa and Chicken Salad
Salad Dressing, Trader Joe’s Ranch

Garlic, Frozen in “ice cube” teaspoon chunks
Basil, Frozen in “ice cube” teaspoon chunks
TJ’s Roasted Corn
Grilled Cauliflower
Green Beans Haricot Vert
Mango Chunks
Organic Soycutash
Prig Khing Green Beans (spicy)
Brittany Blend Vegetables
Trader Jacques’ Ratatouille Stir Fry
Sliced red and green peppers and onions
Corn, regular and fire-roasted
Organic Mixed Veggies
Green Beans
Exotic Mushroom Medley
Stir-Fry Vegetables
Sweet Potato French Fries
Trader Joe’s Quinoa Duo with Vegetable Melange

Chicken Lo Mein Kit
Sweet and Sour Shrimp with Rice
Meatless Meatballs
Morningstar Soy Meat Products
Brown Rice, Fully cooked
Chicken Fajitas
Trader Joe’s Frozen Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken Masala Frozen Dinner
Chicken Enchiladas w/ Roasted Garlic by Trader Joe’s
Trader Joe’s Roasted Vegetable Multigrain Lasagna
Trader Joe’s Frozen Cheddar Chipotle Potato Bites Appetizer

Popsicles: Cherry or Strawberry
Trader Joe’s Gone Bananas! (Chocolate covered banana slices)
Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Macaroons (In freezer. Delicious. 2 are 90 calories)
Trader Joe’s Strawberry Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert (A bit high in calories but DELICIOUS and good for those who can’t do dairy)

Wild Sockeye Salmon
Just Grilled Chicken Strips
TJ’s Seasoned Wild Turbot Fillets
Frozen (fresh) seafood like Tuna, shrimp, salmon burgers
Mahi-Mahi Fillets
Tilapia Filets
Marinated Wild White Salmon Fillets
Salmon Chorizo Fajitas
Salmon Chorizo Patties
Trader Joe’s Italian Turkey Sausage
Trader Joe’s Breakfast Turkey Sausage
Vegetarian Breakfast Patties
Burger Nouveau (soy burgers)
Frozen Jumbo Japanese Hokkaido Scallops
Fresh Salmon Kabobs on Skewers
Marinated Ahi

Maria Faires, RD, ACE-PT, ACE-CES
Dietitian, Personal Trainer, Clinical Exercise Specialist
Updated 6/15