I lovvveeee the zoodle invention and I forget how easy, nutritious and delicious it can be for a quick dinner or potluck creation. This weekend I was inspired to get into the kitchen without turning on the oven since it is so hot. Yet, I wanted to make a delicious meal.
Instead of wasting time setting up my spiralizer (which in reality only takes a few minutes). I took 4 medium sized zucchinis and used a vegetable peeler to create pappardelle sized zucchini noodles that were so delicious! I lightly sautéed them in olive oil for 2 minutes until they lightly softened and turned a brighter green.
I then mixed these zoodles with a homemade vegan pumpkin pesto that was so delicious I keep using the leftover pesto as a veggie dip or I mix into salad dressings.
In a bullet I mixed:
- 1 cup of fresh basil (washed without the stems)
- 1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil
- 1/3 cup fresh pumpkin seeds
- 2 garlic cloves
- salt & pepper to taste
- (optional to ad nutritional yeast for a "cheesy" flavor)
*Adjust consistency to your liking. If you want it thicker, add more pumpkin seeds. If you like it thinner, add more olive oil.
In a big bowl, I combined the cooked zoodles with the pesto and added a bit more salt and a 1/4 of avocado, because avocado goes well with anything.
Bonus! Since using the veggie peeler on a zucchini can be difficult to use the entire vegetable and I don't want to waste food, I use the left over zucchini scraps and saved them to roast with other vegetables for another meal. Two meals in one. Say whattt!
Let me know if you try this meal at home. Feel free to tag your creation on Instagram @OneWade