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Zucchini Pasta Taste Sensation!

Mar 05, 2020

 

I’ve gotta say … I cannot take credit for this recipe.

This came from none other than my amazing boo who is super creative in the kitchen and who also has a knack for fabulous flavor combinations and making dishes that are simple, healthy, and damn delicious!!

 

He rarely follows a recipe.

Just a few of the many things I love about him — he is innovative and loves to come up with his own spin on things. He’s so good at getting into our fridge and whipping up something amazing and healthy out of whatever we have in there. The true art of creating something out of nothing. It’s one of the many great perks to being this man’s wife: I’ll always have healthy, fresh, creative dinners in my tummy. Thanks, Bae! :)

 

Do you have a spiralizer?

If you don’t, you should hop over to Amazon and get one.

We’ve had our spiralizer for years and still love it and use it regularly. Zucchini pasta is one of my favorite ways to have my pasta and eat it too (or cake, or cookies, or whatever your food of choice may be) because:

a) I get the coziness of a plate of pasta minus all the carbs and gluten and simple sugars and gluten that come with actual real pasta

b) PLUS a boatload of micronutrients from the zucchini (vitamins A, C, magnesium, potassium, B6, folate, and riboflavin to name a few!)

c) PLUS the added hydration because zucchini is a very hydrating veggie

d) PLUS an added serving (or 5, lets be honest here, I will always go back for more) of veggies! It’s a win-win-win-win-win!!

Onto the recipe.

 

We did this one raw, but you could easily do a hot version. Since boo is so woke about my cycle and he knows that it’s best for me to eat fresh/raw/light/vibrant dishes during my follicular phase, we kept it simple and mostly uncooked and it was still beyond words amazeballs delish.


Basic Biz Zucchini Magic

Ingredients:

  • 8 large zucchinis, spiralized into zoodles

  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted

  • 1 bunch of basil, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup or more of cherry tomatoes, quartered

  • EVOO

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • nutritional yeast (optional, but amazing — its got a cheesy and nutty flavor kinda like parmesean and a crapton of B vitamins!)

     

Directions:

Roll up your sleeves and spiralize your zucchini.

Transfer the “zoodles” into a big bowl.

Take a few pinches of salt and add it to your zoodles.

Wash your hands and then start massaging your zoodles.

The zoodles will release water and decrease in size a bit.

Dump out the excess water.

Add your lemon zest to the zoodles.

Then squeeze the juice of the whole lemon onto the zoodles.

Let them rest.

Take your EVOO and garlic over low to medium heat and saute for a few minutes, just long enough to become fragrant and make everyone in your neighborhood want what you’re having for dinner.

Remove from heat.

Add the toasted pine nuts, basil, and tomatoes to the zoodles.

Then add your garlic and EVOO to the whole thing.

Take some tongs and toss the zoodles and all the tomato/basily/garlicky goodness.

Add a little extra olive oil if you feel so inclined.

 

Top with nutritional yeast, snap a quick pic for IG, and enjoy!!

**If you want a variation on this for a hot pasta dish instead of a cold one, you could take your spiralized zoodles and put them on a cookie sheet. Drizzle them with EVOO, a pinch of salt and pepper, and then stick them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees. They will cook down a bunch and become a little crispy at the edges. Then just add your lemon zest and juice after you combine all the rest of the ingredients**

 

There ya have it, folks! Super easy, it literally took him 15 minutes to throw this together (I spiralized before he got home from work, ya know just trying to pull my weight around here lol). Spiralizing took me about 15 minutes.

 

HEALTHY EATING DOES NOT HAVE TO BE COMPLICATED OR INSANELY EXPENSIVE OR A HUGE PRODUCTION.

KEEP IT SIMPLE!!

 

Spiralize on the weekends to save time during the week. Pre-chop your tomatoes, pre-slice your basil. Eat this dish raw and save time there. Cooking is SO empowering! And of course insanely awesome for your health and that of your family!

 

Tell me how you liked this dish! Let me know how you added your own spin on it!

What are some of your favorite simple and healthy recipes? Leave me a comment below — I love learning about what you guys are cooking! :)

 

Happy Spiralizing!!

 

Xoxo,

Emily 😊

 

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