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Monkey & Squirrel - Charlotte NC Photographer

I'm Jenn, a stay at home/work at home mama to Penny, wife to Evan, and daughter, sister, and friend to a lot more. I absolutely love capturing beautiful every day moments from behind my lens, and I'm doing my best to do just that!

Monday, May 24, 2010

mmm mmmm good!

happy monday, i hope a lovely weekend was had by all! the mr and i had quite a busy weekend and i must admit i'm pretty happy when my peaceful monday rolls around. i realize that i am one of the few folks in the world who enjoys this day, so i won't linger on that thought too long.

today i wanted to share one of my new go to recipes. i mentioned in my last post that one of my recent obsessions is zucchini pasta. not only am i in love with it because it's so stinking delicious, but it's also so super easy to make and clean up after.

as you may or may not already know, i've been making an effort to incorporate more raw foods into my diet. since doing the master cleanse a couple of weeks ago, i now crave healthy delicious raw foods pretty much every moment of the day. more raw foods = more living foods = more energy going into your body = a happier me! i can say without a doubt that i notice a difference in how i feel when i'm eating less processed foods and more whole, raw, delicious goodies! so without further adieu, here is zucchini pasta in all its glory...



this has become my raw food bible. the recipes are so easy, and so far all fabulous!



the recipe...



the ingredients...
bell pepper, tomato, onion, basil, oil, sun dried tomatoes, garlic, zucchini, salt, pepper, and a spiral slicer. i purchased this slicer to really do the job right. i absolutely love it and would recommend it to anyone! you certainly don't need one to make this dish though. you can use a veggie peeler instead and make wider noodles. just as yummy!



the sauce prep work...
chop it all up and throw it in a food processor or blender. easy peasy!



the finished sauce... mmmmm!



making the pasta...
this slicer makes it ridiculously easy to make long spaghetti type noodles. some ended up being about 3 feet long and i realized i should probably go ahead and slice them up a bit before serving. it takes all of about 30 seconds to turn one zucchini into a bowl of noodles!



beautiful!



then just pick out your favorite pasta bowl...
evan and i always eat pasta out of these super cute bowls our friend lesli made us for a wedding gift.



and just like that you've got an amazing raw, vegan pasta meal you can feel fantastic about devouring! we went ahead and ate ours at room temperature and it was amazing, but you can certainly warm it up a bit if you like. the goal of eating raw is to retain as much of the nutrients as possible without cooking them away, so you just don't want to heat it above 116 degrees F.

i've made the pasta for lunch a few more times since this, and just had it with fresh basil, olive oil, and chopped sun dried tomatoes. it's been amazing each and every time i've had it. you simply can't go wrong!


if you're thinking about working some raw meals into your diet this book is a great place to start. almost all of the recipes use about 5 or 6 ingredients, and they're often things that you would already have in the house. i'm the kind of person that gets easily overwhelmed by cookbooks, but i've found this one to be a great intro into the world of raw food. amazingly easy, and equally as tasty! you can also watch the author, jennifer cornbleet, make this recipe here, and some of her many other creations here.



also check out her "not tuna pate". it's the perfect thing to keep in the fridge for a quick healthy raw lunch. i especially love it on a simple bed of arugula, with a drizzle of olive oil, a splash of lemon, and a bit of ground black pepper. yumm-o!




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6 Comments:

OpenID greenlaundry said...

my, served up on the plate, the zucchini noodles really look like pasta! I do wonder tho, if eating raw food fills you up? Or it's just a matter of your appetite getting used to it?

May 24, 2010 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger monkeyandsquirrel said...

i was actually quite surprised at just how full both my husband and i were after this meal... and he can certainly do some eating! what's nice though is that it's not a super uncomfortable kind of full, and it doesn't give you that food coma kind of feeling. we were both absolutely stuffed, but didn't feel gross and guilty :)

May 24, 2010 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Rae said...

It's really neat seeing someone else's view on this recipe. I watched her youtube video on it a while back and it really made me wanna try it! What kind of slicer is that?

I've always favored mondays, I think just because it's a fresh start. Same reason I love new years. Not like I can't start fresh any other day, but there's something about "monday".

May 24, 2010 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Dionne said...

Oh yum! I have never prepared zuch pasta before, but now I want to! Looks divine!

May 25, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Bluebird Russian said...

What an incredible idea. I really want to get me one of those noodle makers.

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May 26, 2010 at 4:43 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

This looks like an amazing dish. What a great summertime recipe with all the fresh zucchini in the gardens! Can I get mine to-go please :)

May 26, 2010 at 9:20 PM  

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