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Garlic Lemon Zoodles with Capers and Parmesan + Natura Wines Chardonnay

Some nights I (like everyone) am rushing around to throw together a quick meal. I had just come back from my spin class, and needed to make a throw together meal before the Bachelor started (IMPORTANT). So This quick zoodle dish was just the trick.

Here's What You'll Need:

-1 zucchini, spiralized
-10 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
-1 tbsp capers
-1-2 cloves of garlic
-1 tbsp lemon juice
-1 tbsp parmesan cheese, shredded
-black pepper to taste
-1 tbsp olive oil

Instructions:

1) Heat up you olive oil in a pan on the stove top. Add in the garlic and cook for about a minute.
2) Add in the zoodles and cook for 3-5 minutes alone.
3) Add in the capers, lemon juice, tomatoes, parmesan, and continue to cook for about a minute.
4) Remove from heat, top with black pepper, serve, and enjoy!

This is literally the perfect quick and light meal. I served mine along some Natura Wines Chardonnay. 

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Natura Wines are vegan-friendly, organic wines. Their vineyards are pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer-free which means ZERO chemicals. I personally love a glass of wine on a Bachelor night, and this white was the perfect pairing. Plus they're afforadable, retailing at around $10/bottle. Who says organic has to be expensive? For more information on Natura Wines' natural wine selection click here.

Let me know what you think of this dish and Natura Wines in the comments below!

Parmesan Lemon Tilapia over Garlic Broccoli Noodles

For all of you broccoli lovers out there, how many of you feel wasteful when you just chop off the stems? The florets are the part everyone eats, so don't feel badly. We're pretty much taught to toss those stems. The florets are served on everything from pasta to pizzas, as side dishes, you name it. You might even wonder, can I even eat the stem? The answer is YES!!!!, and I will show you a great (and delicious) way to do so!

Broccoli stems pretty much taste like, well, broccoli. They have a similar taste the florets, maybe a little milder. So they are pretty much good with everything! I decided to toss them with some garlic and top with a little fish, and trust me the combination is spot on!

To spiralize the broccoli stem, you cut off the florets and try to smooth out the sides, cutting off any parts that jut out. Also cut off the bottom so that it is flat. Ideally you want it to look semi-close to a cylinder. If you see the picture below, it isn't perfect but still produces great broccoli noodles.

Once you have your broccoli noodles, you're ready to go!

Here's What You'll Need:

-3-4 broccoli stems, spiralized (amount depends on thickness and length, the thicker and/or longer, the fewer stems needed)
-1 tsp olive oil
-1 clove garlic
-6 mushrooms, sliced
-1 medium tomato, chopped
-red pepper flakes to taste
-2 tilapia fillets (about 6 oz each)
-1/2 lemon, juiced
-2 tbsp parmesan

Instructions:

1) Heat up the oil in a pan, and throw in the garlic, cooking for about a minute.
2) Add the broccoli noodles and let them cook for about 3 minutes alone.
3) Add in the mushrooms, tomato, and red pepper flakes and continue to cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
4) Meanwhile, coat the tilapia fillets with lemon juice and toss each in parmesan.
5) In a separate pan, cook the tilapia for about 5 minutes on each side over medium high heat.
6) Once cooked, split the broccoli noodles between two plates, top each with a piece of tilapia, and enjoy!

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