Zucchini ‘Zoodles’ with Sun-dried Tomato-Cashew Pesto

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Zucchini Noodles! Everyone seems to be trying them these days. I even met someone the other day that eats them with curry  and indian food! Zucchini noodles take about a minute to make in a spiralizer, which you can buy for less than $15 from Bed Bath and Beyond or Amazon, or any home store really. All you need is some fresh zuchinnis.   My take on zuchinni noodles? They are not pasta. Don’t expect the exact same texture. They have a slight bite to them , so I prefer to warm them in the microwave to soften them up. Also, since they are not pasta, you’ll need more of it. I like to pair it with soup or a salad, or just eat a giant plateful of it. This recipe is pretty delicious, whether you try it on zuchinni noodles or regular pasta. Sundried tomato pesto with cashews. Cashews are anti-oxidant rich healthy fats. I also tossed in  a few cherry tomatoes for added freshness. This recipe couldn’t be easier!  I hope you try it out!

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You Will Need

  • 2 zucchinis (I used one yellow [not squash] and one green
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes in oil
  • 1/4 cup cashews, unsalted
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Cherry Tomatoes

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To Prepare:

  1. Spiralize two whole zucchinis and set aside
  2. Toast about 1/4 cup zucchini on a med flame, shaking the pan frequently to make sure they don’t burn
  3. In a food processor, blender, magic bullet add cashews, 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato. The sun-dried tomatoes usually come in oil, you can use some of the oil for the flavor, or drizzle in a tablespoon or so of Extra Virgin olive oil.
  4. For my pesto, I prefer less oil, so I add a few tablespoons of warm water so that the mixture blends smoothly.
  5. Pulse the mixture until it is smooth enough to know that there are nuts in there, but not so smooth that it looks like juice
  6. Season with salt and pepper
  7. Mix together with the zucchini noodles, adding water if necessary to coat the noodles
  8. Warm if you like, or serve cold.
  9. Toss in some halved cherry tomatoes for freshness and serve!

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Servings: The pesto makes enough for at least 4 servings of pasta or noodles.

Time: 10 minutes, tops!

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