So fresh and so clean, clean.
Zoodles are the new black.
If you don’t have a spiralizer for your kitchen yet – you have got to invest in one. Yes, it makes noodles out of your favourite veggies, but more importantly … the satisfaction you get from cranking the handle is something you just have to experience for your self. I giggle the whole time.
Spiralizing zucchini, squash, yams, carrots, beets, cucumbers… can create a main dish or even a garnish to a meal that will create plate so professional looking that you’ll have to fight the urge to take a picture and share it with the world.
Eating zoodles, rather than your typical spaghetti, will give you a mountain of unprocessed nutrients, in fewer calories. Nutrient density people! That’s what we’re looking for!
What does this mean? You can pile your plate high with this stuff, and you’ll be all getting the fibre, water, minerals, vitamins you need, PLUS feel free to eat as much as you like! No skimping on this ‘pasta’ dish.
As for the KALE PESTO. Oh my.
Most pesto has a lot of oil, nuts, and parmesan cheese. But not this delicious sauce. Instead of going overboard on the nuts, this pesto features avocado as well. It’s a winner, this one.
In the raw-food world, marinated is a perfect trick to create super flavourful ingredients, without the heat of cooking. You’ll see when you marinate the heck outta these wild mushrooms. Flavours to the MAX.
Adding raw foods to your diet is super beneficial. The closer to unprocessed in this processed world we can get, the better. Raw foods are living foods, with all of their nutrients still in tact, and ready to be absorbed by your wonderful body, and create clean energy for all of your systems.
So, here is a great raw vegan entrée you can devour to increase your immunity, energy, and bring a glow to your skin, hair and nails.
- Zucchini surprisingly has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, and protein! Eating zucchini in it’s raw form will give you tons of fibre and nutrients, yet be low in calories. A great combination for weight loss. Not to mention the vitamin C is has for your immune system and B vitamins for blood sugar regulation.
- Kale…. all hail the kale! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know kale is good for us. A cruciferous, dark, leafy green. What more could you ask for? It’s packed with fibre to help with digestion and elimination. It’s got Folate for your brain, vitamin C for your immunity, vitamin K for your bones and heart, and vitamin A for your eyes, PLUS 3 grams of protein in just one cup.
- Mushrooms (of your choice) are high in vitamin D, and antioxidants! This will help with depression, and combatting disease.
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Kale Pesto Zucchini Noodles with Marinated Mushrooms | Raw Vegan
Time: 40 minutes (includes marinating time)
- 1-2 zucchinis
- 1 cup mushrooms of your choice, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- 2 tbsp miso paste
- 1 tbsp sambal oelek (optional)
- 1/4 cup water
Avocado Kale Pesto:
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 2 cups packed kale leaves, de-stemmed and torn
- 1 bunch basil leaves
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- Marinate mushrooms: Mix together marinade ingredients. Place mushrooms and marinade in a wide bowl or baking pan (so mushrooms are covered by liquid). Let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes (the longer the better!)
- Spiralize your zoodles! Then let sit in a strainer while you prepare the rest.
- Make pesto: in food processor, first blend the almonds into a flour (or close to it), then add in the rest of pesto ingredients together in food processor and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides when needed.
- Mix together the zoodles and pesto.
- Serve with marinated mushrooms on top!