Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Would you like a nutrient-dense, truly delicious meal that requires ZERO cooking? Ideal for summery nights when you want to keep your kitchen cool and your tummy happy. This dish substitutes noodles for zucchini using a snazzy spiralizer. Remove the gluten, say goodbye to the carbs (or save them for dessert) and provide your digestive system with plenty of fibre that is tasty enough to serve to guests!
Eating vegetables provides us with the fibre we need to help us feel fuller for longer, plus fibre can help improve cholesterol and blood sugar levels. One serve of this dish provides 7g of fibre which helps us along with our goals of the recommended daily amount - 25g for women and 30g for men.
This dish is high in Vitamin B12 - largely from the nutritional yeast. Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient responsible for keeping your nerves healthy as well as maintaining normal brain function. Your body can’t make this vitamin on its own, so you need to get it from your diet or supplements. Vegetarians, pregnant or breastfeeding women, need to actively ensure they are getting enough in their diets.
Hot tips! If you are saving some for tomorrows lunch at work, make sure to refrigerate the sauce separately in an airtight container as the sauce turns brown over time. Add some protein of your choice such as fish, chicken or roasted chickpeas. If you love the flavour; add garlic and chilli flakes to the sauce.
1 cup Basil Leaves (plus additional for garnish)
1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds (plus additional for garnish)
1 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
3 tbsps Water
4 Zucchini (large)
1 cup Cherry Tomatoes (halved)
In a blender or food processor, add the basil, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast and sea salt. Blend while slowly adding the water to thin.
Spiralize the zucchinis and add to a bowl.
Toss with the avocado sauce and add the tomatoes, extra pumpkin seeds and basil.
Divide between bowls and enjoy!