There is no arguing that pasta is the ultimate comfort food, but filling up on empty carbs certainly isn’t great for fitting into our new outfits. Making a simple swap to veggie noodles not only cuts down on calories, but also creates a nutrient-packed meal that leaves you satiated and guilt-free. Using a spiral slicer and a food processor, you will be making pasta-like strands of vegetables, such as courgettes, sweet potato and carrots, and homemade sauces that are sure to satisfy that comfort food craving. Here are 3 different recipes to help get you started.
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Courgette Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto
• 1 large courgette or 2 small ones
• 125 g pine nuts
• ½ lemon
• about 10 basil leaves
• 45 g Parmesan cheese
• 120 ml olive oil
• 1 medium sized avocado
• 1 clove of garlic
• Salt to taste
Using the spiral slicer, spiral the courgette into pasta-like noodles and set aside. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor to make your creamy pesto. Heat your noodles in a saucepan on low to medium heat with olive oil and a touch of salt. Add your pesto to the noodles and stir well for 5-8 minutes. Try not to over cook the noodles, as they will become mushy. Top with fresh basil and Parmesan. Enjoy!
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Squashetti (Spaghetti Squash)
• 1 spaghetti squash
• 500 ml marinara sauce
• 30 g shredded mozzarella (optional)
• Fresh basil leaves
• Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
Wash and cut spaghetti squash lengthwise; remove seeds and string. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Place on a baking sheet face down in the oven for 35 minutes at 180 degrees. Cool and use a fork to scrape flesh from top to bottom into strands of “spaghetti”. Add pasta sauce, cheese, and basil. Bon Appetit!
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Style Cucumbers with Healthy Peanut Sauce
• 1 large cucumber
• 180 g creamy peanut butter
• 120 ml full fat coconut milk
• 3 tablespoons water
• 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
• 3 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon of minced ginger root
• 2 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 tsp sea salt
Using a spiral slicer, spiral the cucumber into noodles. On low heat, sauté the cucumbers with salt for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, in a food processor, combine the rest of the ingredients to make your sauce and blend until smooth. Add the sauce to the cucumbers; turn up the heat to medium and sauté for about 3-5 minutes. Optional: top with fresh cilantro or green onion. Enjoy!
-Jillian Shagrin, Guest Contributor
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