Healthy Goulash – with Zoodles!

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Healthier lower carb goulash

Healthy Goulash is a healthier and lower carb version of one of my favorite recipes!

For those of you who have been with me a while you may have caught wind of the fact that there is this one goulash recipe that is the beginning and the end for me. I dearly, wholeheartedly, love it. Almost to the point of writing sonnets and putting a ring on it.

Well, we try to keep it more on the lower carb side these days. (Note, I said low-er) With that in mind, I tweaked my recipe to enable me to eat copious amounts of goulash without fear of reprisal from those mean old carbs.  I also pumped it up with more wonderful veggies, adding in okra* and zucchini noodles in place of the pasta. Thus, this is a healthier version, made convenient with a mixture of canned and fresh veggies, that can also be made entirely with seasonal veggies, too!

I hope you get to make it soon! I actually like this version better than the original!

*If you’re an okra hater (I respect that, because that means more for me) you are free to substitute a veggie of your choice in it’s place. This is a very versatile recipe so switch around the veggies to suit your preferences or to make use of what you have on hand.

Healthy Goulash

Healthy goulash is a healthier and lower carb version of one of my favorite recipes!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: goulash
Servings: 4
Calories: 385kcal


  • 1 + ½ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion diced
  • Tablespoon minced garlic
  • 28 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 28 ounce can diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 15 ounce can whole kernel corn drained
  • 12 ounce package frozen green giant zucchini noodles or about 2-3 cups fresh zoodles
  • 2 cups frozen sliced okra
  • shredded cheddar cheese toppings


  • In a large dutch oven brown the ground beef over medium high heat until it is not longer pink. Drain the grease.
  • Add the onions and garlic to the meat and reduce the heat to medium. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add the tomato sauce, drained diced tomatoes, zucchini, okra, paprika, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Top with cheese before serving.


Calories: 385kcal
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Healthy Goulash!

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  1. I plan to try this for “meatless Monday ” using plant based meat. I always make my own zoodles and this sounds good. My husband likes plant based meat more than I do with all the ingredients in this I think I will like it. Always looking for new things for meatless MOnday

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