Zucchini Pasta

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta is a light, fresh and deliciously vegan. Zucchini pasta is a refreshing gluten free alternative to regular pasta and the tangy avocado sauce is creamy without any dairy. The Spicy Lime Pumpkin Seeds add a protein crunch with a nice kick. This is the perfect paleo meal to enjoy on a balmy summer night or to bring to a potluck.

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta by @JesseLWellness #zucchini

Health Benefits of Zucchini

Zucchini, also known as summer squash, is an excellent source of manganese which facilitates carbohydrate and protein metabolism. It is also very high in vitamin C which has antihistamine properties that can help reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant that is responsible for protecting good cholesterol and promoting heart health. Zucchini contains a variety of minerals, including calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, that build and maintain healthy bones.

To see the health benefits of limes check out my Mojito Ice Tea Post.

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta by @JesseLWellness #glutenfree

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta is really easy to make, the first thing you have to do is make the Spicy Lime Pumpkin Seeds. These taste amazing on their own and I love the crunchiness and heat they add to the pasta. If you want to keep the recipe raw you can dehydrate the seeds or, if you don’t have a dehydrator, you can toast them in the oven.

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta by @JesseLWellness #paleo

If you have a spiralizer you can use that to make the zucchini pasta. Spiralizers are really fun to use. It is surprising how much pasta one zucchini yields! Otherwise, you can grate the zucchinis or finely cut them into noodles shaped pieces.

To assemble the dish, massage the sauce into the zucchini pasta and red peppers. I like to get messy and do this with my hands because its fun and it really is the best way to mix everything up. Serve each plate, top with a sprinkle of Spicy Lime Pumpkin Seeds and enjoy!

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta by @JesseLWellness #pasta

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta

(gluten free, vegan, nut free, paleo)

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Serving size: 2 big servings or 4 sides

Ingredients:

  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized, grated or cut into noodles
  • 1 red pepper, diced

For the sauce

  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and roughly diced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Pepper to taste

Spicy Lime Pumpkin Seeds

  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Zest of ½ lime
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and roughly diced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds

Directions:

  1. Pre heat the oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor add the pumpkin seed coating (lime juice, lime zest, jalapeno pepper, salt, pepper and coconut oil) – and blend until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl toss the pumpkin seed in the coating and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  4. Start preparing the zucchini noodles and red pepper and place in a large bowl.
  5. Place the sauce ingredients (avocado, lime, garlic, salt, cilantro, coconut oil and pepper) in the same blender you used to make the nut coating and blend until creamy.
  6. Massage the sauce into the zucchini pasta, top with the pumpkin seeds and serve.
Have you every tried zucchini pasta? Share you favorite zucchini pasta recipe in the comments section!

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta by @JesseLWellness #vegan

 

Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta (gluten free, vegan, nut free, paleo)
 
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Summer Cilantro Zucchini Pasta is a light, fresh and deliciously vegan. Zucchini pasta is a refreshing gluten free alternative to regular pasta and the tangy avocado sauce is creamy without any dairy. The Spicy Lime Pumpkin Seeds add a protein crunch with a nice kick.
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Recipe type: Vegetarian & Vegan Mains
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 zucchinis, spiralized, grated or cut into noodles
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 medium avocado, pitted and roughly diced
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Pepper to taste
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • Zest of ½ lime
  • ½ jalapeno pepper, seeds removed and roughly diced
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
Directions
  1. Pre heat the oven to 300F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor add the pumpkin seed coating (lime juice, lime zest, jalapeno pepper, salt, pepper and coconut oil) - and blend until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl toss the pumpkin seed in the coating and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes.
  4. Start preparing the zucchini noodles and red pepper and place in a large bowl.
  5. Place the sauce ingredients (avocado, lime, garlic, salt, cilantro, coconut oil and pepper) in the same blender you used to make the nut coating and blend until creamy.
  6. Massage the sauce into the zucchini pasta, top with the pumpkin seeds and serve.

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5 Responses to “Zucchini Pasta”

  1. janet @ the taste space May 15, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

    Nice! I love zucchini noodles! Thank goodness they are so versatile with whatever sauces you like. Thisone is one of my favourites: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/15-minute-zippy-garlic-basil-marinara-with-zucchini-noodles/

  2. Erin May 15, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Clearly I need a spiralizer! I am salivating profusely.

    Erin – ekcantcook.blogspot.com

  3. lorena May 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    This looks so yummy. I do not have a spiralizer but I guess I can use the julienne peeler.

  4. Gal Pal May 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    That looks delicious!

  5. Kat May 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    A mandolin with the julienne works well too! (though a bit more dangerous!)

    My favorite is dressed with a creamy dressing with sunflower & sesame seeds, cilantro, braggs amino, apple cider, onion, garlic and ginger!

    Super flavorful!

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