Monday, May 12, 2014

Zucchini Noodles with Spinach Pesto 
I bought my mom a "spiralizer" gadget for her birthday and decided to utilize it for our Mother's Day picnic. This contraption is so easy, I got these beautiful "noodles" that don't even have to be cooked. Super easy.

Then I smothered it in this pesto sauce:
1/2 cup basil
1/4 cup pine nut and almond combo
2 cups spinach
2 garlic cloves
3/4 cup olive oil
1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
Salt to taste
juice of 1/2 lemon + zest if desired

Combine basil, nuts, spinach, and garlic in the food processor. Slowly add in the olive oil so it can emulsify nicely. Then add remaining ingredients to the food processor. Do a taste test and add whatever your taste buds feel it is lacking. Pour the pesto over the noodles and toss it together. I added cherry tomatoes and topped with more Parmesan :)
*Note: when I let the noodles sit in the pesto, there ended up being a watered down pool of the pesto at the bottom of the bowl because the zucchini noodles have a lot of water content. It still tasted good though!
We also had a nice French baquette, Boursin cheese and smoked salmon to accompany the zucchini noodles. YUM.

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