Friday, October 05, 2012

{VeganMoFo} Raw Zucchini Pasta w/ Fresh Tomato Sauce

I absolutely love the way that eating raw foods makes me feel.  It's kinda my equivalent to that feeling some people describe when making the leap from an omnivorous diet to a vegan one.

Since my path to veganism essentially started at birth (my mom can attest to this fact), and I was a long-time vegetarian before becoming a vegan, I didn't experience an overnight change in my mood and energy when I altered my diet.

Honestly, my changes have been much more subtle (but nonetheless magnificent), which sometimes makes me envious of people who have a different story.  Fortunately, however, I've been able to cultivate that missing feeling through raw foods.

Eating raw seems to reboot my body in a positive way, making me feel refreshed, nourished, and energized.  (Which is not to say that I don't normally feel good on a vegan diet.  I do.  There's just something about eating raw that brings it all to a whole new level!)

So, whether you can relate or not, I hope you enjoy my raw zucchini pasta recipe.  It's a quick, low-stress, and surprisingly filling way to get mouth- after glorious mouthful of nutritious vegetables into your diet.

Gotta love that.

Recipe: Raw Zucchini Pasta w/ Fresh Tomato Sauce
Serves 4-6

4 large zucchini squashes, peeled (if desired)
4-5 medium red tomatoes, preferably heirloom, seeded
1 clove garlic (half if you're garlic-shy)
1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded & de-veined
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 c. yellow cherry/grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 c. pine nuts
1/4 c. fresh basil, chiffonaded

1) Using a spiralizer or vegetable peeler, spiralize/peel zucchini length-wise into ribbons (stop when you reach the seeds).  Divide zucchini pasta among bowls & set aside.
2) In a food processor, process red tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno, olive oil, & salt, until pureed.  Taste for salt, adding some if desired.
3) Top each bowl of pasta with tomato sauce.  Add yellow tomatoes, pine nuts, & basil to each one, & serve immediately.

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    1. Thanks so much, I was really happy with how it turned out, especially since I like to pretend I'm running a raw vegan kitchen. Haha!

  2. so pretty! i can get down with zucchini noodles, but i can't find a spiralizer that works well without costing a million bucks.


    1. I had a hard time finding one too, especially since I'm pretty cheap! The one I have was about $30. It's by World Cuisine, & it's called the "Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer." I love that it has suction cups on the bottom so it doesn't slide all over the counter when you're getting your spiralize on!

  3. Yum, so fresh and delicious. What kind of spiralizer do you use? Your zucchini pasta looks perfect. I have one that doesn't deliver (the strands are always stuck together) and want to find one that really works. Love the pine nuts and cherry tomatoes here, so pretty.

    1. I have the World Cuisine "Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer" & I love it! It creates perfect noodles every time, but I've only tried it w/ zucchini so far (not potatoes or carrots yet!). I ordered it on Amazon a year or so ago, & haven't had any problems w/ it at all. Hope that helps!

  4. So much color! I haven't yet tried zucchini pasta, but I need to get on it stat so I can try this dish :)

    1. Thanks - I really love the colors, too! And you definitely have to give zucchini pasta a try. Personally, I was afraid I wouldn't like it, but I finally gave in & now I can't get enough!

  5. What a beautiful plate of food! Must get out my sprialli thing again. Raw food does make you feel great. I'm not sure quite why I drop out of the habit...

    1. Thanks a million, Lucy! I get on a raw food kick every once in a while, but I have a hard time sticking to it long-term, too! Every little bit definitely helps though :)

  6. I hear ya. I went vegetarian (and then vegan) so long ago that I never got to experience that lovely "clean"/"weightless" feeling (and associated weight loss) that folks who go vegan these days get. But going raw for any period of time totally does it for me, too.


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