Avocado Pesto Zoodles

 

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I finally tried ZOODLES (I know I’m late to the party!), but trying out my Veggetti for the first time is officially a game changer. This year my husband and I have made a commitment (note I didn’t say resolution!) to prepare more plant-based meals at home. Given that we are now half way through a 21-day Daniel Fast, I’ve been busy experimenting in the kitchen have been meaning to try zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) for some time now. I’m not sure if I’ll ever eat regular spaghetti ever again. Choosing a plant-based source to replace your regular white or whole-wheat pasta is a great way to not only get in your veggies in, but to feel satiated for longer. Zoodles can be eaten raw and cold or heated slightly. I chose to toss the zoodles in a pan for about 5 minutes to soften and warm them up a bit before folding in the pesto. I’ve tried making my own homemade pesto before but never really liked the taste of pine nuts, so this avocado version offers a great nut-free and dairy-free alternative. If you’re looking for something fresh and zesty, yet light and creamy you have got to try this Avocado Pesto! Keep in mind that although the lemon juice will help preserve the avocado in the pesto, ideally you should consume it right away or at least within 24 hours to keep that fresh and zesty taste!

I also chose to sautee some tofu, kale and baby tomatoes and a dash of soy aminos to add on top to make this dish extra hearty.  Remove the soy and this recipe becomes Paleo-friendly in a addition to being Daniel Fast approved. Here’s what you’ll need…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • The juice of 1 whole lemon
  • Dash of salt & pepper

Tofu, Kale & Tomato Stir Fry:

  • 1 tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/4 cup of cubed tofu
  • 2 handfuls of fresh or frozen kale
  • 10 baby tomatoes sliced
  • Mrs Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning blend
  • Dash of soy aminos

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wash and peel your zucchini. Using a Veggetti (or any other spiralizer) create the zucchini noodles, cutting them into smaller pieces as they form. Place the zoodles on a paper towel and set aside in a strainer.
  2. Add the avocado, garlic, coconut aminos, extra virgin oil, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a blender or food processor (I used a Ninja). Blend until smooth and set aside.
  3. In a large pan, heat grapeseed oil and add tofu. Sprinkle with Mrs Dash seasoning before adding in the kale and tomatoes. Cook for about 5 minutes and set aside.
  4. Add zoodles to the same frying pan you just used to sautee the tofu. Allow the zoodles to cook for about 3-5 minutes (until they are soft but still firm). Place zoodles in a bowl to cool.
  5. Add the prepared pesto to the zoodles and stir all together. Then, place tofu mixture on top. Enjoy!

This recipe will make 1 serving so be sure to double it if you plan on sharing. 🙂

 

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Happy cooking!

ALIFIT ❤

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Cranberry-Walnut Hemp Protein Power Bites

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I have been obsessed with hemp protein and hemp hearts lately! (Check out my Hemp Matcha Morning Latte post if you haven’t already). Although I am not a vegetarian or vegan, I have been seeking plant based sources of complex protein. The high fibre and high digestibility of hemp protein makes it an ideal post workout source for athletes. The higher the digestibility of a protein, the more efficiently it can be used by the body.

The combination of oats (complex carb) walnuts (brain healthy fats) and cranberries (a sweet yet tangy treat) make this recipe a great option for on-the-go breakfast. Take 3 or 4 of these along with a banana and you’re good to go for the day! The texture is very thick and these will harden when baked, so if you’re looking for a more chewy texture try adding more almond butter and a bit of baking soda.

The other great thing this about this recipe is that you can add other seeds or super foods as you see fit! Being the chocolate lover that I am I would also replace the dried cranberries with chocolate chips to take it up a notch. You could also add gogi berries, raisins or even almonds. In typical ALIFIT fashion the recipe includes only 7 ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients together and bake for only 10 minutes. Here’s how…

INGREDIENTS

  • 1.5 cups rolled oat (I like to use “Only Oats Wheat-Free Oats”)
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla hemp protein powder (I like to use the “Manitoba Harvest” brand)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together oats, cranberries, protein powder, walnuts, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together almond butter and maple syrup.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and mix well.
  5. Drop cookies onto a non-greased baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

If you try this recipe, be sure to tag me @_alifit_ and has tag #fitbygracewellbyfaith

Happy baking!

ALIFIT ❤

This recipe was adapted from The Greatist