Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Paleo Cucumber Noodles with a Raw Pumpkin Seed Pesto Sauce

Nourishing Meals, one of my all time favorite blogs, came up with this super fun noodle alternative: Cucumber Noodles!  They are the authors of one of my very favorite cookbooks, too, the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. These nutritionists have easy meals with wholesome ingredients. If you want to eat whole foods or have a  lot of food allergies this is just the ticket. Their recipes usually have limited ingredients and are always delicious and healthy!!

photo from NourishingMeals.com

4 medium cucumbers (middle eastern or english)

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, soaked 
1 cup water
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 to 3 garlic cloves, peeled
1 teaspoon sea salt
4 cups fresh basil, packed
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Other Ingredients:
3 to 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
nasturtium flowers (or other edible flowers)
fresh basil leaves

To make the sauce, place pumpkin seeds into a bowl and cover with filtered water. Soak for about 6 hours. Then drain and rinse.

Place pumpkin seeds, water, lemon juice, garlic, and salt into a blender and blend until smooth. Then add the fresh basil and blend again. Add the olive oil and blend on low speed until combined. Taste and add more salt if necessary. 

Use your spiralizer to make the cucumber noodles. Place them into a bowl and toss with about 1 cup of the pesto sauce. Add any additional ingredients. Serve immediately. Place extra sauce in the refrigerator for up to a week (or freeze in ice cube trays). Yield: about 4 servings

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