Hi ya’ll. Sorry I have been absent. I just moved halfway across the country, and have yet to set up my internet (or figure out who I am going to cook for, considering I will no longer be the household chef, and food connoisseur). That being said, I am currently sitting in a giant Whole Foods (a.k.a- Heaven on Earth) and it has inspired me to share this very simple, and sweet “pasta” dish- made with zucchini. You know me… I love my zucchini…
Sweet Zucchini Pasta
If you are wondering why I use zucchini so much in my recipes, then let me quickly explain… Zucchini, when grated into tiny shavings, are quite possibly one of the most moist, and versatile vegetables you can add to a dish. Better yet, for someone who is not a vegetable lover, they are very mild, and can take on a world of flavor. I always try to incorporate them in every recipe that I make, to ensure my clients, and family, are learning to love vegetables, without feeling like they have to hold their noses while they eat.
Zucchini, can be eaten raw, lightly steamed, sauteed, grilled, baked, and stuffed. It can be used to add density to dips, and dishes, or to act as the stand in for heavier, starches like pasta. Luckily, there is no need to cook zucchini. Grated zucchini taste wonderful raw, so it can be a fast meal to prepare for oneself, or guests. Another reason to enjoy raw zucchini dishes is because you’ll be getting some of those fabulous food enzymes. Fun, right?
Zucchini also has a mild diuretic effect, which stimulates the intestines, unlike pasta, which slows digestion, and sits in the stomach. Zucchini “pasta” won’t leave you feeling like you swallowed a lead weight– as traditional pastas tend to do.
Sweet Zucchini Pasta Recipe
1 medium zucchini, grated into fine shreds on cheese grater
1 yellow carrot, grated into fine shreds on cheese grater
1/4 finely grated raw goat cheese 1 handful fresh chopped basil, and basil leaves to garnish
4 cherry tomatoes, sliced
Dress with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, or your favorite marinara
Salt and pepper to taste
What is your favorite versatile vegetable? What vegetables do you introduce to folks that are “anti-veggie” lovers…. What is your favorite food at the Whole Foods salad bar?
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