Raw Vegan Zucchini Noodle Bowl

This is a great summer staple, just for a fresh filling, nutrient dense, low calorie dish! After going gluten-free, and being a serious lover of bread and noodles, this dish solves so many cravings for pasta. As well as other alternatives like Barilla Proteins Pastas they are made of grains like lentils, edamame, chickpeas, etc. I love the new textures and how filling they are!

Trying to fuel Anthony and myself with the healthier foods and cleaner foods is a goal for the year. Seeing how we can switch and still satisfy cravings of sweets, pastas, fatty or fried foods. There have already been so many changes in how we feel for our minds and bodies. How we can think, move and motivate easier. Definitely think it is important to fuel yourself and your family with clean, good for them foods. I truly believe that it would bring in things you wouldn’t begin to think about to your family. I am no nutritionist or dietitian, I can only speak from personal experience.

To the food we’ve all been drooling about! I meant dreaming about! This is a simple dish to make out of again a handful of veggies, some sun dried tomatoes and olive oil. You can achieve all aspects of a healthy diet in this meal easily as well. Getting in enough healthy fats when you go vegan or simply dairy free can be difficult. I find that avocados, olive oil, and nuts can help you attain any of these goals! Protein is kind of easy with this meal as well, all of the veggies and the nuts in the meal will culminate into a healthy amount for each meal. I recently found out that there are 29 G of protein in a cup of sunflower seeds, 4 G of protein in an average avocado and (I tend to use a medium zucchini per bowl) 3 more grams of protein in a medium zucchini!

Zucchini Noodle Bowl
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1 Medium Zucchini
1/2 Avocado
1/4 C Kale
1/4 C Spinach
1/4 C Red Cabbage
1 Whole Carrot
3 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomato In Oil
2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1/4 C Sunflower Seeds
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp White Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
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Now let’s get to the food! I would recommend adding the seeds, we put them on before the sauce thinking it was thinner…we were wrong. Will update the photos when we inevitably make the dish again in the next couple of weeks.

Cuisine

Italian

Servings

1

Cook Time

20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Zucchini
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 1/4 C Kale
  • 1/4 C Spinach
  • 1/4 C Red Cabbage
  • 1 Whole Carrot
  • 3 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomato In Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 C Sunflower Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp White Vinegar
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  • Wash all the veggies, and it’ll be best if you have a mandolin, spiralizer, cheese grater, something. If you don’t a tip for this is if you only have your hands and a few really good knives; take a straight edge knife preferably a chef’s knife and cut the zucchini in half then cut that horizontally into thirds and then make your thin strips vertically to the zucchini. Then, NOODLES!
  • With the carrots, cut them into 1/4 in rounds. The spinach, kale and red cabbage slice into 1/2 inch pieces.
  • The sun dried tomatoes, place in a bowl and mix with oil, vinegar and salt and pepper to taste mix then, your ready to throw everything into the bowl.
  • Place noodles then, top with kale, spinach, red cabbage, and carrots. Next is the sauce and nuts and finally slice up that yummy avocado to add in a creamy feeling to this amazing dish!

If you are looking for more to add to the dish I would highly recommend some red onion, mushrooms, bell peppers, yellow squash noodles as well would be great additions!

If you don’t have sun dried tomatoes I would recommend; doubling the oil, diced roma or garden tomatoes, some minced garlic and stir in a bowl as stated before.

Zucchini Noodle Bowl Instagram Recipe Card
1 Medium Zucchini
1/2 Avocado
1/4 C Kale
1/4 C Spinach
1/4 C Red Cabbage
1 Whole Carrot
3 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomato In Oil
2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1/4 C Sunflower Seeds
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp White Vinegar
Salt & Pepper
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Zucchini Bowl on left hand side

I can’t wait to hear how you try this recipe what variations in ingredients and flavors you might add or take off. Please comment below any more recipe ideas!

Hopefully you fall in love with this dish as much as I have, it is great pick me up light lunch or dinner if you feel sluggish or needing a digestive cleanse this would be a great fibrous start!


With all that 2020 has been if there is any need for a friend to have a mental check in with email me, I am supremely understanding and can refer you to better resources in your area. Now and always check up on all your friends and family, the ones that seem the happiest can be the most hurt sometimes. The ones you admire have had their own battles and are waging their own wars, or if you are in a place with just needing someone to talk to I’d love to be that for you!

Stay safe, show compassion and love to all you come across. Make it your mission to make someone else’s day great!


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Vegan Fajita Pasta

I know it sounds a little weird but, once you give it a try you’ll be in love with this dish too! Can easily be made protein rich and gluten-free as well! Double win! There are tons of additions that would amazing to make to this dish! For what we have available on the van though till our electrician appointment there were some corners that were cut. Like adding yellow onion, garlic to the sauce and only using half a can of tomato paste and black beans in the sauce would have been great. Using some fresh herbs and some more citrus would also have been amazing! No refrigeration is putting some limitations on supplies though.

Still loving the progress being made on the RV everyday, improving bit by bit. During quarantine building the RV was an amazing opportunity to have and to now be able to completely live in her is lovely. That being said anyone who knows a master electrician please email or comment and I will answer immediately.

Now let’s get to the food! An easy way to add protein and make the dish gluten-free is to use lentil pasta instead of wheat pasta. This was also great for a new flavor in the dish than I’ve had before.

Cuisine

American Take on Mexican

Serving

4

Cook Time

30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Box Red Lentil Penne Pasta
  • 1 Can Black Beans
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 1 Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 Whole Bell Pepper
  • 1/4 White Onion
  • 2 Clove Garlic
  • Few Sprigs Cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin
  • 1 Tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  • In one pot start the water for your pasta, add in some olive oil and salt and pepper to the water.
  • Then, rinse and start dicing all of the veggies and mincing the garlic finely. In a second pot start an oil of your choice only like a couple tbsps worth with the seasonings, onion and garlic.
  • When the onions are clear toss in the drained and rinsed black beans and corn, as well as the other veggies and tomato paste.
  • The water should be boiling now so add in your red lentil pasta and turn of the heat and cover. Leave that to sit for about 15 minutes that should be about the same time it takes for the rest of the meal to be finished.
  • TIP: when the pasta finishes cooking transfer about a 1/2 C of the water to the second pot so that the starch water help the sauce adhere to your pasta better.
  • Drain the rest of the pasta add to the pot and stir then add in the lime juice and cilantro.
  • Leave a few leaves of the cilantro for a nice touch when plating and enjoy!
Fajita Pasta Recipe
1 Box Red Lentil Penne Pasta
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Corn
1 Can Tomato Paste
1 Whole Bell Pepper
1/4 White Onion
2 Clove Garlic
Few Sprigs Cilantro
2 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Tsp Chili Powder
1 Tsp Cumin
1 Tsp Oregano
1/2 Tsp Paprika
Salt and Pepper to Taste
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I have fallen in love with this dish for it’s protein content and gentle flavor. Having a sensitive stomach now has put a strain on how spicy food can be and this could work out wonderfully for you and yours that may not love spicy food or if you do, add some green chilies to the mix and possibly an enchilada sauce instead of making your own sauce.

I would love to try this with a creamier twist, comment if you would love to hear how that would turn out!


With all that is going on this year, I want to ask each person to tell their loved ones how much they care. To not let doubt and fear get in the way of supporting others and using your voice, your resources and your hands and mind to begin genuine change for better.

It doesn’t matter where you are or who you are. You can become something bigger than yourself whenever you choose to. When you begin to grow as an individual you also grow for all those around you, you can begin the journey right now. Not tomorrow, don’t wait, begin where you are and aspire for more than you could ever imagine.


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30 Minute Buddha Bowl

One of the easiest meals to make, if you have left over veggies of any kind you can throw this meal together. Make this meal however you want! Want some grains in it quickly boil some quinoa for a protein packed, well balanced addition to the meal. Not a quinoa fan, chickpeas, black beans or brown rice also make for great bases!

When preparing to move into the RV full time we didn’t have all of our electric figured out and this was a great way to use up all of our veggies. Not even thinking twice all of the veggies got rinsed, chopped, thrown on a baking sheet with olive oil and seasonings and then came out a glowing perfect lazy night dinner. We had kale, carrots, sweet potatoes, red onion, bell pepper, spinach, tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. Worked really well for a balanced meal as well with some great sources of healthy fats and proteins, especially after topping it off with some seeds and an avocado! If not using literally every bit of the food you have to only feed two people I would recommend putting it on a base of grains or beans.

If you are just wanting some whole foods as well these are always a great option. Try keeping it colorful and incorporating all of the colors for a well rounded meal full of vitamins and minerals!

Buddha Bowl on Baking Sheet before cooking topped with avocado butter, olive oil, salt, pepper, ginger

There are so many variations that could be utilized out of this. I also love that it helps keep our food waste down. Anthony and I are working on being more conscientious of our foot print, one way is to work on food waste and composting what we can’t eat. Another way we like to keep it down is to not use the plastic bags for produce in supermarkets and farmers markets. To use reusable bags and as little packaging as possible. Does it drive anyone else insane that the supermarket HEAT PLASTIC WRAPS fruit, whole oranges and apples!

Trying to find more ways we can get spring mixes and such without packaging has been difficult although we are on course to begin using Aerogarden Harvest for a garden mix as well to start up more fresh herbs and peppers!

Easy Buddha Bowl topped with Avocado and seasonings. Made with Kale, spinach, red bell pepper, tomato, and sweet potato.

Cuisine

Asian

Serving

2

Cook Time

30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 2 Cups of Kale
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1 Whole Roma Tomato
  • Handful Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 Avocados
  • 1/2 Stick Avocado Butter
  • 1/4 C Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions

  • Wash all of your veggies and preheat your oven to 375°F or 190°C
  • Dice the pepper, sweet potato, and roma tomato then, halve the cherry tomatoes.
  • Take a baking sheet lay down aluminum foil or a silpat and coat in some of the Avocado Butter, place down all of the veggies (for only making the kale and spinach crispy I suggest waiting till the last 10 minutes or so of baking to put them in on top), drizzle the olive oil over all of the veggies and garlic, salt and pepper to taste and cook till the sweet potatoes are tender about 20 to 30 minutes depending on size and moisture.
  • Then top with a 1/2 an avocado sliced on top and a drizzle of olive oil again! Enjoy!

For new flavors try mixing up the meals! Top with seeds, different oils, try baking with sesame oil and rice vinegar for an extra flair, also the different bases will allow you to individualize for dietary needs. Quinoa I would suggest for an excellent addition for a complete super foods bowl! A touch of lemon could also be an excellent brightening feature to the flavor.


Please as with every entry I would love for you to take a moment to simply think about ways to improve your daily habits to improve yourself for yourself. How if you feel better those around you will, they will in turn effect others, and so forth till the world is better because of the changes you have made for yourself.

Beginning the process is thinking, to acknowledge what you wish to improve. If that is the thoughts you are having, the feelings you have, the meals you have or if your are further along in the process and thinking about how to go zero waste for yourself and your family or if you are creating a gold-leed building for a city as part of the city planning and architecture something department. I can hope all of us find our callings and can leave the world a better place than we started with. Every one is where they are meant to be in their journey and everyone has the ability at every moment to change where they are and where they are going!

I hope by reading this your inspired to make someone’s day a little brighter and a little better.