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Monday, February 1, 2016

Basil Pesto over Zucchini "noodles"

She's done it again! My friend and Sponsor Tracey Campbell (with TLC One Drop At A Time) came up with a great recipe I love! Not only is it outRAGEously delicious, it's also very healthy. Perfect for folks looking for a ton of flavor and not a lot of empty calories. 

What blew me away the most was the fact that the 'noodles' are really vegetables! Tracey served her zucchini 'noodles' raw, and it was SO very good. It was fabulous just like that. 

She told me she got this veggetti thingy, so I tried it out too. Piece of cake!! I took 2 organic zucchini and twisted them through. The 'noodles' come right out! The little girl inside me chuckled with delight! Ok, maybe it was the 'adult, misted with wine' but I do recognize joy... 

I wanted to see what'd happen if I cooked the 'noodles' a little, so I blanched them in boiling water for 2 minutes & 30 seconds. For me, the texture was perfect. 

Tracey's recipe works great with regular noodles too. (You're welcome :-) If you're trying to change your eating habits, this could be a great stepping stone. Even if you substituted just some of your regular noodles for zucchini, it'd be a good start to cutting calories and carbohydrates. ;-) A whole zucchini has only THIRTY CALORIES and also a little fiber and protein! 

Here's Tracey's recipe for the pesto. 

Tip: Be sure to remove your pesto from the plastic part of your food processor and transfer it into a glass or stainless steel container before you add your YLEO! 

I toasted pine nuts in my iron skillet. I figured it'd be easy to clean up. Lol. I also added a pinch of pink himalayan sea salt to my pesto. I had great conversations with my 12 year old son Sebastian when we were making this. He's a bit of a foodie as well as a receptacle for interesting facts. Sebastian told me that these are actually nuts from pine trees (I didn't know, wow!) and Native Americans in the Southwest collected and ate them. I looked it up and by gosh, he's right! I am including the link to wikipedia on pine nuts, because there were other really interesting facts. I found it fascinating, actually but I admit I'm a dork. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_nut

AND, I finally used the food processor part of my Ninja! :-) I confess, I tried to make this in the smoothie cup, LOL, and ended up with a "creamy pesto". It was very tasty, but not what I wanted...

And it was easy! Tastes like...fresh. :-) I do recommend getting organic ingredients whenever you can. Just a couple pulses on the food processor until presto, you have pesto! And take note where Tracey explains, you will not be able to buy an essential oil off a store shelf that is safe for consumption. If you'd like to know more about why that is and what makes Young Living so special, read about that here.

If you'd like to buy a Veggetti, here is an affiliate link to buy it on Amazon. OXO has one too. They're a brand I know and trust, their product reviews were great and at the time of writing this blog, OXO's vegetable spiralizer is less expensive than the Veggetti.

Hey, add more vegetables to your diet, along with YLEO, and you can't lose!

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