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Recipe: Zucchini Spaghetti (Without all the Carbs!)

By on July 20, 2016
Zucchini Spaghetti

Zucchini Spaghetti

Cinematographer and Editor: Vincent De Vries

Zucchini Spaghetti is one of my favorite dishes and I’m excited to share the recipe and health benefits with you. This dish is entirely plant-based and you wouldn’t even know it. I even fooled my husband, he really thought he was eating actual pasta!

Here is a serving size for two, which is perfect for a date with your loved one or spouse.

Noodles:
2 large zucchini
1 summer squash

Use a Julienne peeler to peel long and even strands of your zucchini and summer squash.
Boil for 3 minutes or less for “al dente.”

Marinara Sauce:
2 generous handfuls of cherry tomatoes
1 ripe tomato
5 garlic cloves
Dried oregano
Fresh basil

Warm over medium heat on the stove
Use blender or food processor
Top your sauce with fresh chopped basil

Parmesan “Cheez”
2 generous handfuls of raw cashews
3 garlic cloves
Himalayan salt to taste

Set oven at 275 F.
Use a food processor to blend cashews, garlic and salt.
Gently warm in oven for 5 minutes.
Sprinkle as much as you’d like all over your finished pasta.

Health Benefits: 

Zucchini – Extremely low in calories, but it gives you the feeling of being full. At just 21 calories per cup, it makes a welcome addition to a calorie-controlled diet. With a rich nutritional profile, it offers health benefits thanks to its phytonutrients, mineral and vitamin content. Great source of Vitamin C, which aids in nerve cell communication, helps your body metabolize cholesterol and keeps your tissues strong. 

Summer Squash– Iron and Folate are commonly found in high concentrations in meat, eggs and other animal-derived foods. Yellow squash is an alternative vegetable source of these nutrients. A cup of sliced yellow squash provides you with approximately 0.5 milligrams of iron and 35 micrograms of folate. Your body requires iron and folate to maintain a normal rate of red blood cell production and prevent anemia. Folate is also important during early pregnancy, supporting the normal development of the fetal brain and nervous system.

Tomato –  A superfood, packed with antioxidants, dietary fiber and vitamins, tomatoes are one food that should be on every health-conscious person’s eating plan. These are an important part of a heart-healthy diet because they help reduce cholesterol and keep blood sugars in a healthy range. The May 2007 Singapore Medical Journal reports that the antioxidants in tomatoes are especially good at stopping the damage to heart arteries that precedes plaque formation. The authors add that cooking tomatoes releases more of the antioxidants for the body to take in than raw tomatoes.

Cashews –  Cashews help maintain your body’s balance of minerals needed for optimum health, as they are high in mineral content, with copper being the most abundant. A 1-oz. serving of roasted cashews contains 0.6 mg of copper, which is more than 30 percent of the recommended intake set by the Institute of Medicine. Copper is needed by your body for the production of hemoglobin, collagen, elastin and the protection of nerve fibers. Other minerals in cashews include magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, iron, potassium, selenium and calcium. 

Source: Livestrong

Essential Tools:

Vitamix 5200 Series Blender, Black

Vita-Mix Corporation

Have you tried zucchini pasta before? If you haven’t, you will fall in love!

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