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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

"Ease Into Raw" Savory Garden Zoodles (GF Vegan)

My parents are not vegans or raw foodists, but they are trying to eat mostly plant-based and enjoy the meals I make for dinner. However, they rarely eat raw fruits and vegetables which is vital for health. I decided to ease them in by making pasta! This provides the warmth and heartiness of a cooked dish with the refreshing lightness of a raw meal.

Serves: 3 | Time: 35 minutes

4-5 medium Zucchini
2 1/2 cups Tomato Sauce
1 1/2 cups Diced Tomatoes
3/4 lb raw Kale, destemed
1 1/2 cups fresh Green Peas
1 cup cooked Lima Beans
1 cup cooked Chickpeas
3 large Carrots, chopped
1/2 Red Onion, diced
2 Celery Stalks, diced
1 Lemon, squeezed
1 cup Vegetable Broth
1 tbs Italian Seasoning
1 tsp Celery Seeds
1 tsp ground Cumin
1 tsp ground Turmeric
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Cayenne
Dash of Pink Salt
Dash of Black Pepper
Optional: Cherry Tomatoes

To begin, spiralize your zucchini or any summer squash. Add to a large mixing bowl and squeeze half of your lemon on top. Toss and set aside.

Destem your kale and chop (if  necessary). Add to a steamer and cook for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, chop your veggies.

To a large saucepan, add half of your veggie broth and turn the heat to medium. When small bubbles appear, add your onion and cook for a few minutes. When fragrant, add the rest of your vegetables and simmer for 5 minutes.
When the liquid begins to evaporate, add the rest of your vegetable broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and spices. Let simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on.

When your kale is done, squeeze the rest of your lemon on top and stir it into your veggie tomato sauce with your beans.
Pour over zoodles, toss and serve in large bowls. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, if desired. Enjoy! :)

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