Monday, 24 March 2014

ZUCCHINI SPAGHETTI with SUN-DRIED TOMATOES & BASIL


I cannot get over how amazing tomatoes are when you drizzle them with some extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and allow them to dry in the sun, dehydrator or oven. They become flavour EXPLOSIONS that are the very essence of the best pizza you've ever eaten. Trust me. But wait - don't trust me. Find out for yourself by doing it. You will not be sorry. They taste so damn delicious that all you need to do to make a meal is throw them on some noodles. Bam. You just made a mind-blowingly tasty dinner that everyone will be jealous of. If they aren't envious, then they are definitely missing their sense of sight or smell. 

Although my family's own tomatoes from our garden in the summer are - needless to say - my favourite, I eat them all long before summer is over so in the cooler months we need to rely on other sources for my tomato obsession. My mom brought home a jar of organic sun-dried tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil and spices yesterday and I opened it up this afternoon only to have my taste buds do a happy dance and my memories of our oven-dried tomatoes from summer sweep back into my mind. Ahh. Flavour explosions. I am confident I could have eaten the entire jar but I held back and did the next best thing: threw some of the tomatoes onto zuke noodles along with some basil leaves. Everyone's jealous. 

I'm gonna tear through that jar in no time, so next week I think I'll hit up the farmer's market and buy some more there. *Cannot wait* but *must wait*. Something else I can't wait for? A tentatively planned trip I want to go on this summer. Get this: I might be going to Minneapolis, Montreal and Mexico. All three places start with M. My name is Em. If ya look on a map, the layout of the trip is an M shape. I basically HAVE to go, right!? (Say yes.) My soul mate sister moved to Montreal a few years ago and that's why I wanna go there. Also, the culture in that city is off the chain from what I have heard. I'll be in Minneapolis for a family reunion. And Mexico... well. Avocados. Mangoes. Papayas. SUNSHINE. Need I say more? But actually I have made a friend there who has a vegan restaurant and hotel and has invited me to stay for free. Can life get any better? Only if I had some frozen bananas to make a chocolate mylkshake with. 


ZUCCHINI SPAGHETTI with SUN-DRIED TOMATOES & BASIL 

Noodles:
2 large zucchinis 

Sauce:
1 cup dried tomatoes in extra virgin olive oil 
Salt, pepper, lemon juice, other spices you like
1/2 cup basil leaves (whole or chopped) 

Note: the tomatoes are gonna need to taste *amazing* before you even add them to the noodles and stuff because they are the star of this recipe, so try to get organic or even better - use your own! 

To make the noodles: slice the zucchinis into noodles on a spiral slicer, mandolin or even cheese grater. Set aside in a large bowl. 

To make the sauce: blend up half the tomatoes into paste then mash up the rest of the tomatoes with the olive oil and the rest of the ingredients and mix everything into your noodles. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and mix again. Eat. Omg. 

32 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! Maybe this will be my pre-national half marathon meal! Thanks for the idea!

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  2. Hi Em,
    I am a fairly new reader and very fascinated by your blog. Think I saw you today walk out of Nesters Market. I live up on the mountain. ;)

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  3. AHhhhhh come to Montreal, you will love it!
    Also when/if your here, look up my favorite vegan restaurant called Au Vivre ;)

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  4. @Eva - haha you totally did! I was so excited with my purchases - organic mango, oranges, bananas and carrots <3

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  5. This is beautiful! Check out a new kind of news source that compared the benefits of raw and cooked foods! http://www.niaterra.com/nias/4/Raw-Food–Is-cooked-food-healthier-than-raw-food

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  6. Aux vivres is pretty cool. That's where I first had coconut bacon. I also used to go to a little cafe that had vegan brunch on weekends.. and dumpster dive at jean talon. I miss the mile end sometimes!

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  7. Hippy Mom, Hey you still trying to keep myself together, I am feeling better today and am getting around more, so Im stoked, Well great recipe you and I might change my major from doctor of nurse practice/Alternative medical researcher to Ecologist/Alternative medical researcher, I really need to sit down and think about it, will see.
    Have a great day, go to mexico have a great time , don't skip me and think positive... Still weird here.BYE YOU...

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    1. Em, hope your well having a safe positive time wherever you are...Im looking forward to a new recipe.Have a great time.

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  8. Hi Em,

    I just found your blog the other day and think it has now become my new favourite!!

    I quickly whipped up this recipe last night and OMG divine!!

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  9. Yay! come here to Minneapolis and make this yummy dish! It looks incredible. Minneapolis is cool - go to Ecopolitan, a raw vegan restaurant.

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  10. My spirooli slicer got packed up when I moved and I haven't quite found it yet but after seeing this recipe it's another reminder that I really need to start hunting for it ASAP and start making some zucchini pasta soon!

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  11. YOUR BOOK ARRIVED AT MY HOUSEHOLD TODAY
    I AM WRITING IN CAPITAL LETTERS BECAUSE I AM SO EXCITED
    IT IS AMAZING
    THANKYOU EMILY YOU GORGEOUS HUMAN BEING XXX

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  12. hey Emily,
    This looks TO DIE FOR!! I was wondering what king of sun dried tomatoes you used? Any specific brand you could recommend?
    Thanks a million for the amazing recipes, and I love reading your posts!
    Warn wishes from Venice beach, CA

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  13. Your dishes always make me so hungry! They look so awesomely delicious!!!

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  14. Hi Emily- Minneapolis is pretty amazing. Would you be doing any book signings while you are here? Perhaps not because of the family get together.

    I agree with another user comment - GO TO ECOPOLITAN - it is in Uptown, so so so divine- raw vegan gluten free EVERYTHING. you will love it.

    cheers- kath

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  15. Thank you for the recipe.

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  16. Hey Em:

    I've always wanted to take raw food prep to the next level and make an entree. My husband recently blessed me with a spiral slicer and I just received a huge zucchini from our local organic delivery service. Looks like this recipe came just in time. Thanks. :)

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  17. Hello,

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a reliable spiral slicer? I don't have one but would like to purchase one... thanks!

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  18. I don't remember how your blog looked before because I'm a new reader. But my honest opinion about it is that it looks good. Photography is amazing but you can reduce it in a 20% for it to be totally enjoyable; it happens the same with texts. Reduce them 2 point and keep subtitles in bold (in recipesfor example) that way we (the readers) won't feel tired.

    I think you did a pretty good job and also a marvelous job with all the fresh ideas of food. I will come here everyday (:

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  19. Your writing is awful.

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  20. Hey Emily, I'm new to the whole raw vegan lifestyle and your pictures and exuberant energy alone have made me want to try it out for myself...keep up the good work chica ;)

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  21. Philippine pili nuts from the Bicol region in the Philippines is a great Filipino or Philippines food orsnack. Pili nuts are very healthy and nutritious indeed, being a source of energy, potassium and iron.They also have protein, dietary fiber / fibre, and calcium as well as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.  I know they have no cholesterol, no trans fat, and the unsalted ones have no sodium. What is great about the pili nut snack or treat is that they are so crisp, rich, and delicious..

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  22. Aux Vivres is my fav all vegan restaurant on Montreal. You should totally check it out. They also do a great brunch

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  23. If in Montreal I recommend Aux Vivres- its my fav vegan restaurant evar!!!!

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  24. just wondering if you eat this cold or if you actually cook or heat anything like the sauce?

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  26. Made this yesterday, and I so love it! Im surprised how good something so simple can taste! Favorite recipe!
    From Denmark

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  27. Ohhh so yummy! I just made this and it tastes great even without waiting 15 minutes :). Thank you for a great recipe!

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