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Healthy Pasta Recipe
Posted by Dr. Ben Kim on Jul 02, 2008
If you love pasta but can do without regular intake of refined carbohydrates, give this recipe a try - it calls for noodles that are made by thinly slicing raw zucchini into long strips; many raw food enthusiasts have long enjoyed zucchini noodles in place of conventional flour-based varieties.
The easiest way to make raw zucchini noodles is to use a special spiral slicer. There are a few different brands of spiral slicers on the market - my favorite is the LURCH Spiralo, as it seems to have the sturdiest and most simple design, and I find that it's easier to make long zucchini noodles with the Spiralo than it is using other slicers.
Here's a picture of some zucchini noodles that I made the other day with our Spiralo:
If you don't have access to a spiral slicer, you can always quarter a zucchini length-wise, and then cut the thinnest, long strips possible with your knife - this takes more work than using a spiral slicer, but it can produce similar results.
Zucchini is naturally abundant in a number of nutrients that make it an excellent food choice for disease prevention. Zucchini is particularly rich in manganese, vitamin C, magnesium, and of course, fiber.
I hope you enjoy the following recipe!
Raw Zucchini Noodles with Marinara Sauce Recipe
Serves 3 to 4
6 to 8 firm zucchini
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
1 1/2 cups blended tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Sea salt, to taste
1. Use a vegetable slicer like the LURCH Spiralo to make thin, long noodles out of zucchini. If you don't have a spiral slicer, use a sharp knife to quarter zucchini length-wise, and cut the thinnest strips possible.
If possible, make zucchini noodles about six hours before serving, and let noodles sit in a bowl, uncovered, at room temperature - this improves the texture of the noodles.
2. Use a good blender to combine all of the other ingredients, and blend until desired consistency is reached.
3. When noodles are ready, combine pasta sauce with noodles, give the noodles and sauce a good toss, and serve. This zucchini noodle pasta dish goes really well with a side of avocado.
If you have a different recipe that calls for zucchini noodles, please consider sharing with other readers via the comments section below. Thank you.
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