5 minute Zucchini Pasta with Tomato Pesto

Zucchini Tomato Pesto

I have a confession. I love pasta!

The only issue it that pasta, the franken-wheat -genetically modified wheat associated with intestinal inflammation and exacerbating allergic response- doesn’t love me back. The lab engineered wheat, common in pastas, was created to withstand the harsh assault from the chemicals in herbicides.  When eaten, this heavily armed wheat goes to war with the sensitive ecosystem in my digestive system.

I am not alone.

Millions of people world-wide, suffering from chronic digestive dis-ease, gluten allergies or intolerances, are choosing pasta alternatives that show them love.

I am no different.

To satisfy my pasta craving is to make these raw zucchini pasta noodles and pair it with homemade tomato pesto sauce.

Zucchini Tomato Pesto

Why I love this meal:

  • It is bursting with flavor!  Ok, don’t judge me, but I didn’t even make it out of the kitchen, I was too busy doing my happy food dance with every bite.
  • It’s super fast and easy to prepare (in the time it would take me to microwave a frozen dinner, I was able to prepare fresh, live food)
  • It’s satisfying without creating that beached whale, after meal feeling
  • The low cost for the entire meal works for this frugal-nista!
  • And it doesn’t hurt that the meal is full of vitamins & enzymes (the only workers in our body)

Recipe

Equipment you will need:

Mandoline or a sharp knife-for “pasta”
Blender or food processor-for sauce

Ingredients:

1 medium Zucchini per person
1-2 Roma Tomatoes
2-3 Fresh garlic cloves
1 small red onion
10 leaves of Basil
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt or Amino Braggs
1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast …yes I said yeast!
1 teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1.Peel your garlic cloves and crush or mince them. Set them aside for 5-8 minutes so that the enzymes have time to activate.

2. Use mandolin or knife to create thin strips with the zucchini

3. Place all remaining ingredients in the blender/food processor and pulse, leaving it a bit chunky

4. Combine the garlic with the tomato pesto and then plate your enzyme rich meal

This goes really well with a seasonal winter protein like grilled salmon or lamb.

Bon Appetit!

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