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!
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.
- 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
- 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.
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!
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This looks so nutritious and delicious!