Vegetable noodles are all the rage now, they've been around for years but due to the recent grain free, paleo and raw vegan craze they are almost becoming the norm. If you've never tried them, they are amazing, the taste and texture is so similar to normal spaghetti the only thing you will miss is the big 'Blah' moment you get after finishing a big pasta meal, especially if it's combined with a heavy protein. Don't be fooled either into thinking that they're gooey and fragile because they're not. That's another thing that always gets me, the texture is nice and firm and they don't fall apart at all. Some people steam or fry them before they eat them but I'm a hard core raw zucchini fan, it seems like sacrilege to me. My fridge always has a decent supply of zucchinis in it. They're a staple in my diet.
Some health benefits of zucchinis include the phytonutrients Zeaxanthin and Lutein which are sources of vitamin A making then good for eye health. Other benefits include vitamin C, manganese, antioxidants and anti inflammatories which all benefit, skin, hair, lowering blood pressure, prostate health and more plus their high fibre content making them good for digestion and weight maintenance. Plus they're quite low calorie. All of that aside their fairly neutral taste makes them adaptable to almost any recipe either sweet or savoury.
Zoodles with Cheesy Mushroom Sauce
2 zucchini's - peel if not organic and for nice white noodles
1/2 cup raw cauliflower, soaked cashews or avocado
1-2 medium mushroom
2-4 tbs savoury yeast flakes depending on how cheesy you want it.
1/2 tsp fresh garlic
Small slice fresh ginger
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Himalayan salt or herbamare to taste
Fresh cracked black pepper
1/4 tsp mustard powder
1/4 tsp fenugreek powder
1 small shallot (green onion)
Extras for the top:
1 tbs activated pepitas
1 mushroom diced
1 tbs fresh chopped parsley and chives (dry is ok as well)
Grab 1 1/2 zucchinis then spiralise them or if you don't have one you can make zoodles with a peeler by scraping the zucchini long ways or grating, which is quick and easy to clean up. Lay them on a plate and prepare the sauce.
Add all ingredients with the remaining 1/2 zucchini from the zoodles to a small blender and blend until smooth. Adjust seasonings to taste then pour over the zoodle. Garnish with chives, parsley, extra chopped mushroom, sprouts and some activated pepitas for added nutrition. Enjoy.
Like a lot of recipes this is also an idea you can expand on and create with the ingredients you have available at home. Tweek it to suit your liking or stick to the recipe if you are unsure. Most of all .. enjoy! You feel alive and rejuvenated if you make fresh healthy fruit and vegetable the mainstay of your diet.. believe me, it's amazing!
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