Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Special Mediterranean Raw Zucchini Pasta

This is a sun-infused raw recipe for the whole family. I used pure, easily accessible organic ingredients that evoke popular Mediterranean cooking. The pasta is made of zucchini or a summer squash. The pasta sauce is actually a salad of sorts made out of chopped heirloom tomatoes mixed with herbs, olives, onions, and garlic. The whole dish is very easy and fun to make. You can involve your whole family in the process and enjoy it even more when it is ready. I believe that raw food should not separate people. It should unite them in the common goal for health, happiness and longevity. Make this dish and introduce it to raw food skeptics. There is nothing weird about raw food unless you make it so. 

Organic heirloom tomatoes

The ingredients below are calculated for a family of four. Take more if you have a bigger family or expect guests. Use organic ingredients whenever you can.

Ingredients:

for the pasta
  • 4 medium large zucchini
  • freshly pressed juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • pinch Celtic sea salt

Spiralizing zucchini

for the Mediterranean sauce
  • 1 pound heirloom tomatoes (or any organic ripe tomatoes you can get)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 spring onions with greens
  • 1/2 cup black olives, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped Mediterranean herbs (basil, thyme, mint, oregano, cilantro)
  • 2-3 cloves young garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp freshly pressed lemon juice
  • Celtic sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup raw pine nuts

Tenderizing zucchini noodles

Method:
  • Wash and dry all the fresh ingredients.
  • Chop tomatoes into cubes. If you are using cherry tomatoes you may want to quarter them.  Chop onions, spring onions and olives. Mix everything in a large bowl. Add herbs and garlic. Mix well. Add olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Taste and add more salt or pepper if needed. Cover the bowl and place it in the fridge to marinate while you are making the noodles.
  • Craft noodles out of zucchini or a summer squash using a spiralizer, vegetable peeler or a julienne slicer. In a large bowl gently mix the noodles with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and thyme. Allow to tenderize for a few minutes. The pasta should be tender enough but still feel have a little crunch to it.
  • Now, there are two ways of serving this dish: You can serve the noodles on individual plates and top them with the sauce and toss some pine nuts; or you can mix everything in a large bowl and then portion out. I leave this to you, but whatever you do, enjoy it in good company!

Sunday Special!

Wishing everyone a wonderful Sunday - in radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Sunday Special Mediterranean Raw Zucchini Pasta

Dominique Allmon©2014

      
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