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Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Mango Sauce

zucchini noodles avo mango sauce

Sometimes you just want something different. That was me last week at dinner time. Standing in front of the refrigerator, staring blankly at its contents, I knew I wanted a savory noodle dish of some sort but I wasn’t sure what. I had part of an incredible Reed avocado that I needed to use up and I searched the fridge for additional ingredients to throw together. This avocado mango sauce is what I came up with. 

It was super creamy and a little tangy and it hit the spot.

Ingredients:

16 oz zucchini spiralized or julienned into noodles
1/2 cup green cabbage
1/2 cup purple cabbage
1 1/4 cups red bell pepper cut into thin, 1 inch strips
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, more if you love cilantro like I do
5 medium basil leaves chopped or cut into thin strips
1/3 cup avocado
1 cup sweet, ripe mango like a kent, haden or keitt
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 TBLS fresh lime juice
*2 tsp tamari or coconut aminos (optional)

Directions:

Spiralize or Julienne zucchini into noodles and place in a large bowl. Add cabbage, bell pepper, cilantro and basil

Blend avocado, mango, celery, lime and optional tamari and pour over noodles. Gently mix noodles and sauce together

Can be garnished with fresh chives for additional flavor

Many blessings!

Raw Savory Vegetable “Rice”

Vegetable rice

When you’re in the mood for something a little more dense, filling and savory, instead of reaching for cooked carbs, try a raw vegan, savory vegetable “rice” dish. This recipe can be a delicious and filling meal on its own, or paired with a salad, used as a filling to stuff peppers or tomatoes, and would even be great stuffed into lettuce leaves for a yummy wrap! This was often my go-to meal when I was really needing something other than my usual salad.

Savory Vegetable “Rice” Ingredients:

1 medium or small romanesque cauliflower or regular cauliflower (2 1/2 cups of cauliflower pieces before processed)
1 small kohlrabi peeled and cut (*optional)
1 large, ripe, red bell pepper approximately a 6 oz. sized pepper stemmed and seeded (half cut up in pieces, the other half set aside for sauce)
2 persian cucumbers or 6 oz. (or 1 small regular cucumber peeled) julienned into 1 inch noodles (zucchini can be substituted)
3 1/2 cups of cherry or vine ripened tomatoes (2 cups for sauce and 1 1/2 cups cut up for rice)
4 large stalks of celery approximately 11 oz. (6-7 oz. roughly chopped for the sauce and 3-4 oz. finely chopped for rice)
1/2 cup of fine carrot peelings
1/2 cup of pre-soaked sun dried tomatoes (soaked in warm water, preferably for an hour or more depending on thickness) a few pieces for the sauce and the rest for the rice
1 1/2 medjool dates (pitted) OR for better food combining – a 1/2 cup or so of a sweet tasting mango or apple 
15-20 medium sized sweet basil leaves (10 or so for sauce, and the left over for garnish)
1/2 cup of fresh blueberries for garnish (*optional)

Directions:

For rice
Break apart the romanesque or cauliflower and put the pieces along with the peeled & cut stem into the Vitamix or food processor
Add the peeled and cut kohlrabi and blend, or process, both until it becomes a small rice sized consistency

Pour into a large bowl
Add your cut up bell pepper pieces, cucumber (or zucchini) noodles, finely diced celery, chopped tomatoes, fine carrot peelings, and your cut up, soaked sun dried tomatoes

For sauce
In a blender like the Vitamix, blend 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, 1/2 of your red bell pepper, 3 stalks of celery roughly chopped, 1 1/2 pitted medjool dates OR ( you can substitute the dates with a sub-acid fruit like 1/2 cup of mango or sweet apple like a Fuji.)

Blend until all ingredients are mixed well but not too smooth

Add chopped basil to the sauce and stir, or pulse in basil leaves. Be careful not to blend basil because it can become bitter and the basil flavor can get lost in the sauce.

Pour sauce over rice and mix together

Garnish with fresh sweet basil and optional blueberries

You can also add fresh organic corn, chives, cilantro and a pinch of cumin for a Mexican style rice dish!

Raw Savory Vegetable “Rice” Recipe Video