This easy, low carb recipe for Char Broiled Zucchini with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce makes for a flavor-bursting quick and delicious family meal. Perfect for those looking for Optavia Recipes, or Optavia 5 and 1 Recipes, Low Carb Zucchini Recipes or those just wanting fresh, whole foods based meals to devour.
Char Broiled Zucchini with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce
This recipe for Char Broiled Zucchini with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce was inspired by the fine folks at America's Test Kitchen- a company I adore!
When it came across my desk last week, I have to tell you I was intrigued. Always looking for Low Carb recipe ideas, Lean and Green Recipes and those that support people on low carb diets or on the Optavia 5 and 1 recipe program- I just knew I had to Wow! it and make it work.
The key is in smashing the zucchini- that's right- smashing it! The end result is a range of textures that delights the mouth, and makes for a decidedly different and incredibly flavor-bursting zucchini dish.
1 ¾ pounds zucchini (about 1- 1 ½” diameter works best)
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
4 tsp Stacey Hawkins Roasted Garlic Oil
pinch Stacey Hawkins Dash of Desperation Seasoning (or more to taste)
½ C low-fat Greek Yogurt (8 Tablespoons)
1 teaspoon Stacey Hawkins Sicilian Tomato and Herb (for a low or no salt option)
1 teaspoon Stacey Hawkins Lit Garlic Seasoning
2 Tablespoons water
Place oven rack about 5” from the broiling element and heat broiler.
Trim ends off the zucchini. Using a meat mallet or a rolling pin, gently, but firmly smash the zucchini until it is somewhat flattened and cracked lengthwise. Break each zucchini into 2-4 large pieces. Transfer all zucchini (bit and all) into a bowl. Drizzle with Roasted Garlic Oil and lemon juice and toss to coat.
Place zucchini in a single layer and skin side down on a foil lined baking sheet. Season with Dash of Desperation Seasoning and broil until zucchini are lightly charred in spots, about 9-12 minutes, rotating the pan half way through broiling. Set aside and let the zucchini cool for 15-20 minutes.
GARLICKY YOGURT SAUCE
While the zucchini is resting, make the sauce by combining all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Let it rest for 10 minutes or longer to let the flavors meld.
Smear 2 Tablespoons of the Garlicky Yogurt Sauce on a plate and top with ¼ of the cooked zucchini. Season with a pinch of natural sea salt if desired. Repeat the process with the remaining ingredients and enjoy!
Chef's Notes & More
Optavia Lean and Green Counts
1/4 of this recipe (approx. 9 ounces zucchini and 2 T sauce) is:
2 Condiments (seasoning and yogurt)
1 Healthy Fat (oil)
- You can make the sauce up to 1 day ahead to save some time. It's a good idea to make a double or triple batch as this sauce can be used for SO many things.
- If you are serving this with a Leanest protein and need an additional Healthy Fat to round out your meal, simply drizzle each serving with 1 teaspoon of Roasted Garlic Oil or high quality Olive Oil.
- Serving Size
- 9 ounces cooked zucchini & 2 T Garlicky Yogurt Sauce
- per serving
- 10 grams
- 2.8 grams
- 5.6 grams
- 5.9 grams
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