On a recent quest to detoxify my body, and lacking the willpower for another 7 day liquid cleanse, I decided to stick to a Raw menu for a few weeks. This dish is just one of the many delicious & satisfying meals I have been feasting on, which I decided to recreate after having it at one of my favourite Veggie haunts. To be honest, the idea of eating Zucchini uncooked has never really appealed to me – along with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Mushrooms…And so, despite the hype around Zucchini ‘Pasta’, I hadn’t even considered trying it – until it was the only raw choice on the menu one night, and now I’m so glad I did! Julienning the Zucchini into long, thin strips creates mock noodles with just the right texture, and they’re packed with fibre & water unlike heavy, starchy pasta. But it’s the zesty Basil Pesto and juicy Cherry Tomatoes that make this dish so heavenly – nothing can beat homemade Pesto! I like mine with lots of garlic, so if you’re not a big fan then adjust accordingly. These noodles are topped with Gomasio (a mixture of Sesame Seeds & Salt) for some crunch, but you can just as easily replace it with finely chopped Almonds or Sunflower Seeds…You’ll be surprised by how filling this dish actually is!
Ingredients: (2 servings)
2 medium sized Zucchini
handful of Cherry Tomatoes, halved
1 Tblsp. Sundried Tomatoes, chopped
Gomasio to sprinkle on top (or finely chopped Almonds/Sunflower Seeds)
For the Basil Pesto: (from The 30-Minute Vegan: Over 175 Quick, Delicious, and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking) – makes 1 cup
1 1/2 cups fresh Basil leaves, packed
1/4 cup plus 2 Tblsp. Pine Nuts
1/2 cup plus 2 Tblsp. Olive Oil
2 Tblsp. freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
2-3 Garlic cloves (I used 3…)
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1 tsp. Nutritional Yeast (optional)
– After washing the Zucchini, cut the tops & tails off and, using a Mandoline, julienne into long, thin strips (make sure they are not too thick). Place in a large bowl, along with the Cherry Tomatoes and Sundried Tomatoes.
– Combine all the ingredients for the Pesto in a food processor or high-speed blender, and blend until mostly smooth.
– Mix Pesto with Zucchini Noodles (you may only need half the batch), and top with Gomasio.