Over Thanksgiving break, I chose to stay in Iowa City instead of go home. While I missed my friends and family, it actually was a much-needed break. To be completely honest, I spent my days sleeping until noon, binge-watching The Mindy Project, and occasionally making myself some food. With the dining hall being closed for the week, that meant I needed to get creative when it came to my meals.
My dorm does have a kitchen that is available for students to use, but it’s rarely ever clean and the cooking tools are subpar at best. While it is certainly convenient for times when the dining hall is closed, it’s not exactly a great place to cook every meal. Thus, I try to avoid it when I can. The weekend before Thanksgiving break, I went home with my boyfriend (which means I got access to a kitchen and REAL food) and came back to Iowa City armed with a few low-carb refrigerator staples that I could use throughout the week.
I put this entire meal together with things I had on hand in my dorm refrigerator. Some of the things needed to be prepped beforehand, like the sausage and zucchini noodles, but I still think this meal is super easy to put together. I really did just throw things in a bowl and call it a night, but it was so good that I wanted to share it with the rest of the world. Here it is:
Zucchini Noodles with Sausage & Creamy Avocado Sauce
2 cups zucchini noodles*
1/2 cup Italian sausage, cooked
1/2 cup Roma tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 an avocado
1 tbsp hot sauce
Salt & pepper, to taste
1.Cook Italian sausage in a skillet until browned. Set aside.
2. In the same pan, sauté zucchini noodles until warm.
3. Mix Greek yogurt, avocado, hot sauce, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
4. Microwave the Greek yogurt/avocado mixture for 1 minute or until warm. It will come out looking chunky, but if you mix it for about 30 seconds it will smooth out.
5. Combine all ingredients with chopped tomatoes.
This is a great low-carb, high-fat dinner that can be put together in literally less than 5 minutes. Without carbs from pasta, it’s important to still have some sort of energy source. The Greek yogurt and avocado are two great sources of healthy fats, while the breakfast sausage has both protein and fat.