In a never-ending quest to incorporate more raw foods into my diet, and with my love of trying new things, I decided to go raw in the kitchen for dinner last night. I love (whole wheat) pasta, but unfortunately it’s not as appetizing uncooked. So I consulted with Google to learn about what “raw foodists” eat when they’re craving some pasta. Zucchini! I’ve never really eaten zucchini except for when it’s been tossed into a vegetable stir-fry, but thought that I might as well try it seeing as so many people recommended it. I also made a tomato sauce to accompany my raw “pasta”. I must admit that I was skeptical of this whole experience, but was pleasantly surprised! The dish was quite filling, and was so full of fresh veggie flavour! 🙂 I encourage all of you out there to continue trying new ideas for each of your meals; you’ll be amazed at the new tastes you discover.
Zucchini Raw “Pasta” with Tomato and Red Bell Pepper Sauce
(Recipe serves 2)
- 3 small zucchini (or 1-2 large zucchini)
- Cut the bottom end off of the zucchini, leaving the top end as something for you to hold on to.
- Peel the skin off of the zucchini, leaving about 1 inch of skin at the top to hold while you make your “pasta”.
- Once the skin is removed from the majority of the zucchini, continue to peel the vegetable into strips until you can’t peel anymore. Do this for each zucchini.
- Place all of the strips in the bowl. Set aside.
- 2 medium tomatoes, or 1/2 small carton grape/cherry tomatoes
- 1 red bell pepper
- 5-6 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1/4 cup chopped red onion
- 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 of a jalapeño pepper, finely chopped (optional if you like extra spice!)
- dash of ground coriander
- dash of celery salt
- Place all sauce ingredients in a blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth sauce is formed.
- Fill your bowl with zucchini “pasta”, pour the sauce on top, and garnish with some freshly chopped basil, and enjoy! 🙂 If you don’t want to go 100% raw or vegetarian for this meal, you can even top your dish with some grated parmesan cheese.