This was my first attempt at making zucchini pasta…or the more trendy & fun word to say is…zoodles! Betcha can’t say that without cracking a smile haha 🙂 This might be my new favorite kitchen tool. Honestly. It is basically a vegetable spiralizer and mine came with 3 different blades – pretty neat. It was on sale at Sur La Table so I HAD to get it. You don’t necessarily need the spiralizer machine to make these zoodles. You can use a veggie or julienne peeler as well to create this healthy dish. The fact I can make cool spiral-like vegetables I have a good feeling my vegetable lifestyle is about to change!
Now that I have little experience with the zucchini I am brainstorming all types of vegetables to spiral…beets, sweet potatoes, carrots, butternut squash, jicama, and potatoes. It is making me excited just thinking about all of the possibilities that come to mind! I will certainly be posting more and more recipes with different spiralized vegetables and even spiralized combos. Plus, I just purchased the Inspiralized Cookbook by Ali Maffucci and I am SO excited for it to come in the mail! 🙂
These zoodles are great for everyone too! It is fun for kids in the kitchen… and that is exactly what it takes for kids to eat healthier. Make it fun for them, and make it seem “cool” and it can increase the chances of them wanting to eat it. And it is great for the low-carb dieter, or just any individual who feels guilty all the time for eating pasta – this is such a great alternative. These zoodles are low-carb, packed with nutrients, and will leave you feeling satisfied. Hope you enjoy my recipe!
Avocado Pesto Zoodles
- 1 avocado pitted
- 3 zucchini
- 2-4 Tbsp. avocado oil or EVOO
- 1-2 bunches of fresh basil
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Pinch of sea salt or kosher salt and pepper
- 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
For the pesto: In a food processor blend the avocado oil, avocado, basil, salt, pine nuts, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and hemp seeds until smooth. Set aside.
For the zoodles: Get your machine or other kitchen utensil to make spirals. Spiralize each zucchini until you have lovely zoodles. Place the zoodles in a colander and toss with salt. Let them drain from about 15-20 minutes to remove extra water.
Heat a little oil in a pan over medium heat. After zoodles are finished draining, place in pan and heat up the spirals for no longer than 5 minutes. You don't want your zoodles to become soggy!