25 Oct 2012

pumpkin seed & garlic pasta


the possibilities for zucchini pasta are endless; much like salad and smoothie recipes. this time i used pumpkin seeds and garlic for the base of the sauce. of course - the noodles are just zucchini! i topped it off with raisins, chives and spiced almonds.

i usually make 2 small zucchinis for myself. one of the many aspects of raw food i love is the huge amount of food you can eat. veggies and greens are so low calorie it's pretty much impossible to get adequate calories from them alone. so most of my diet ends up being fruit. then of course i have nuts and seeds in my desserts, and sometimes some whole cooked grains to balance out my omega-3's.

as joel fuhrman explains - the higher ratio of nutrient to calorie in a food, the better it is for you! so plants like zucchini, eggplant, any greens, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. are super low-calorie but super high in nutrient density. they will keep you living long! and holy guacamole (see what i did there?), do they taste good...


zucchini noodles with pumpkin seed & garlic sauce: serves one or two

noodles:
2 small zucchinis 

sauce:
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1-2 chopped garlic cloves
1/4 cup basil leaves/other fresh herbs
2 tablespoons raisins/dates
as much nut milk or water as needed

to make the noodles, slice the zukes on a mandolin or spiral slicer. set aside in a big bowl. to make the sauce, blend all ingredients until smooth (adding water or nut milk til then). massage the sauce into the noodles until evenly coated. let them rest for a minute to soften and marinate. sprinkle on whatever you like! nom. 



p.s. i go on my juice fast tomorrow! SO EXCITED. 
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10 comments:

  1. I see what you did there, thanks for that.

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  2. Like pasta salad! Holy cow...

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    1. ahaha just happy cows here :) thanks allison

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  3. Elizabeth -Hippy Mom ---This is a great recipe!

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  4. I made this last night... AMAZING!!!!!! I used cranberry raisins because that's all I had and it was delicious! I will definitely be making this again! Also... reggae dub is the best... who are you and why aren't we friends :P

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  6. Do you have the calorie counts for your recipes? I am excited to try this. Thanks much

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  7. @Anonymous - my opinion is that if you are eating healthy whole foods, you shouldn't have to count calories ;)

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  8. I made this for dinner, but used a sizable amount of soaked cashews as the creamy base (and used pumpkin seeds as garnish!). I also used a good bunch of cilantro as my herbs. AMAZING and quick! :-)

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