ZUCCHINI NOODLES AND CREAMY AVOCADO-BASIL SAUCE

This is a great dish to have when you are craving a fresh healthy meal, but don’t feel like actually cooking something up. The creamy avocado-basil sauce is really fantastic and light. It doesn’t end up leaving you have that full bloated feeling that you would normally get with thick heavy creamy sauces. The noodle dish itself is not only super good, but also is just beautifully vibrant with the colorful fresh veggie ingredients.

Zucchini noodles with avocado cream sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 zucchini
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • Salt *
  • Pepper *

Ingredients for the Avocado Basil Sauce

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 T basil paste (I use Gourmet Garden Basil Paste)
  • ½ T garlic
  • ½ cup olive oil (I used 1/4 c olive oil and 1/4 c vegetable broth to cut fat)
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt *

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Directions

  1. Prepare the sauce by mixing all the ingredients thoroughly until smooth. Add more olive oil (I would add more broth) if the consistency is too thick. Taste test and adjust as necessary.
  2. With a Spiralizer spiralize zucchinis with Blade C (the small noodle tray option) and place into a bowl. (I do not have a spiralizer so I used a grater.)  Add in cherry tomatoes cut in half, basil leaves, salt and pepper. Then toss with ½ of the Avocado Basil Sauce and taste test to add more sauce.
  3. Ready to be served and devoured!

* Only add salt and pepper if needed at the table after tasting.  You can also use other spice blend like Mrs. Dash to keep sodium intake to a minimum.

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Adapted from: http://typeonetypehappy.com/2015/03/16/zucchini-noodles-with-creamy-avocado-basil-sauce/

 

 

 

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LENTIL SOUP – GREAT FOR LEFT OVER HAM

Lentil soup (3)

8-10 oz chicken broth
16 oz dry lentils
2 potatoes, diced
4 celery stalks, diced
20-30 baby carrots, diced
1 small onion, diced
10 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
Left over ham cut into bite size pieces

Add all to large soup kettle.  Bring to boil, then cover and simmer about and hour.  Soup will thicken over time so I usually add the higher end of the broth and don’t worry about draining the spinach!

**THE INGREDIENTS FOR LENTIL AND SPLIT PEA SOUP ARE ALMOST IDENTICAL BUT THEY DEFINITELY EACH HAVE A DISTINCTIVE FLAVOR!  ALSO GREAT WITH A LEFT OVER HAM BONE OR HAM HOCK.

ARE LENTILS GLUTEN FREE?

Lentils are naturally free of gluten but as with other gluten-free legumes and grains, there may be risk of contamination during processing and handling. Always give dried lentils a thorough rinsing before cooking them. To play it safe, seek out packaged brands that are certified gluten free, like those from Arrowhead Mills.