Raw Vegan Recipes: Tomato Pesto Pasta

March 25, 2016
I made this raw vegan tomato pesto pasta last night for my friends, and it was impeccable. So darn delicious, creamy, and everything you could dream of. My friend Christina had to ask me if this really was a raw vegan dish! And with no hesitation, I replied yes. ;) Who ever said raw vegan food can't be appetizing?! The zucchini noodles a.k.a. "zoodles" are a great way to replace any pasta and it cuts the calories by about 90%.
- 2 oz. of wheat pasta has about 200 calories. - 2 oz. of zoodles has about 20 calories. - So with the zoodles, I can have double the amount and still consume less calories than eating the wheat/gf pasta. Mind-boggling right?
Reasons why I love zoodles: - They're light and refreshing: I find wheat pasta too heavy and filling. - Zoodles are a carb-free answer to pasta. - They can be used in any pasta dish: from lasagna, pad thai, fettuccine alfredo, spaghetti, pho, you name it! - Zoodles are gluten-free and grain-free.
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Raw Vegan Recipes: Tomato Pesto Pasta

Recipe Type: Detox Hearty Entrees
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  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup raw pine nuts
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
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Directions

1. To make the noodles -- or zoodles -- Spiralize the zucchinis with your spiralizer. Place zoodles in a large bowl and set aside. 2. In a food processor or high-speed blender, combine the basil, pine nuts, avocado, pink Himalayan salt, cayenne pepper, and juice of one lemon. Blend on high for about 1 minute or until creamy and smooth. 3. With a rubber spatula, scrape and pour the sauce onto the zoodles and mix together. Add in the sun-dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes and mix together once again. Serve and enjoy!

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Jess is health nut and food adventurer who follows a plant-based lifestyle for the past 2 years. It's her passion and dream to one day help as many individuals live a healthy active lifestyle with balance and wellness. She hopes that these delicious raw vegan/vegan recipes will help open up new possibilities to create and cook guilt free goodness. Follow Jess on Instagram @plantbasedbrownie. Also, please check out and subscribe to her YouTube channel for delicious raw vegan recipes and vegan related videos @plantbasedbrownie. "The soul is the same in all living creatures although the body of each is different" ~ Hippocrates

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