After a long weekend at Lollapalooza, Peter and I decided last night that dinner needed to be healthy, really healthy.  Enter zucchini noodles.  Shortly before Connor was born I bought this veggie peeler, knowing I’d have a few pounds to loose and realizing pasta tends to be the downfall of any diet I try, I thought I’d give zucchini noodles a go, but was unsure how I’d feel about them.  When I posted the above photo on Instagram while I was cooking last night someone immediately commented, “It’s [zucchini pasta] surprising good” and I couldn’t agree more!

The peeler was super easy to use, and much faster than I expected!  [Side note: Everybody online also seems to love the Spiralizer.]  I found and adapted this recipe, and we both loved it!

INGREDIENTS [Serves 2]

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 cup of peas [I used frozen]
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • a large handful of kale
  • a handful of fresh mint
  • a handful of pumpkin seeds [makes the dish!]
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • salt

STEPS

  1. Start by preparing the peas, I simply microwaved them according to the instructions on the bag.
  2. As the peas warm, make the noodles from the zucchinis and carrot using your peeler or spiralizer.
  3. Next, place the mint, kale, avocado, olive oil, lemon juice and salt in a food processor. Blend this mix into a creamy mixture, adding about three quarters of the drained peas once they are cooked.
  4. Quickly sauté the veggie noodles in a little bit of olive oil.  If cooked too long you run the risk of them becoming soggy.
  5. Mix the pesto in with the noodles while still in the hot sauté pan.  Be careful to add pesto slowly, as adding too much can quickly result in green mush.
  6. Top dish with pumpkin seeds, fresh mint, and remaining peas.

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3 Responses to Zucchini Noodles with Avacado Pesto

  1. Kathy canham says:

    Looks delicious and a great way to use those prolific zucchinis this summer. Fortunately I have one more harvest of peas to go so I’ll definitely try this!

  2. amr179 says:

    This looks so yummy! I would love to try to make this–I would need to pick up a better peeler though!

    Ashley | Sunday Brunch

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