Finally summer vacay has arrived. I’ve been super busy with school lately, these assignments really took up all of my time, which is why I haven’t posted anything in a while. I’ve also been running around preparing for my trip. I’m more than ready to get outta here! When this post goes up on the blog, I will be in Portugal enjoying some much needed R & R on the beach. So be Jealous ; )
Love me some zoodles and this dish! It’s so light and refreshing. Perfect for the summer, and it’s totally raw so there’s no cooking involved and it’s super quick! It’s been soooo hot these last few days in Toronto. What a scorcher. This dish will definitely cool you off.
Zucchini noodles are a great alternative to pasta and don’t have much of a taste, so creating a flavorful creamy sauce or pesto is key. Zoodles are so easy to prepare, all you need is a spiralizer and you’re set.
This pesto is full of nutritional goodness. I threw it together with some fresh kale and garlic scapes from the farmer’s market. I also added sunflower seeds to the party to amp up the protein.
Kale is packed full of vitamin A, which helps prevent inflammation and promotes eye and skin health. Vitamin C is needed for the immune system, helps thyroid hormone production and works as an antioxidant. Vitamin K, a much less talked about vitamin but also super important, is required for blood clotting and increases calcium absorption to promote bone building. Kale is also a great source of dietary fibre, iron and calcium. (just one cup contains 180mg of calcium)
Garlic Scapes are so delicious. All that garlicky flavour without that strong bite of a garlic clove. Heaven. These scapes pack the same nutritional value as the garlic that grows with it. Excellent source of B6 which breaks down glycogen for energy production. It’s involved in the formation of chemical transmitters in the nervous system and is critical in maintaining hormonal balance and proper immune function. It’s also a good source of minerals including phosphorus, calcium, potassium, iron and copper.
Sunflower seeds are rich in protein. High in copper, which is an important factor in the production of red blood cells. This trace mineral is also important in the formation of an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory enzyme called SOD ( superoxide dismutase). Yup, with a name like that you know it’s badass. Sod plays a role in reducing internal inflammation and reduces pain associated with conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Betcha didn’t think this little seed would be so powerful.
and cue my overworked little food processor…
Zoodles with Kale & Garlic Scape Pesto
4 Small Zucchini
2 cups packed Kale
3 tbsp. Sunflower Seeds (raw and unsalted)
3 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 – 1/2 cup filtered water
1 ½ tbsp. Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
¼ cup Garlic Scapes (chopped)
Himalayan pink salt & Pepper to taste
1. Cut off ends of zucchini and spiralize your little heart out.
2. Add kale, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, garlic scapes, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to food processor. Slowly add water until you reach the right consistency.( you may not need all of the water )
3. Mix with zucchini noodles and Enjoy!
* This pesto will also make a great dip for some raw veggies.