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Monday, August 27, 2012

Tomato Basil Zucchini Pasta and Nut "Parmesan"

Victory! Finally a gluten-free raw vegan meal that is quick, easy, and (most importantly) delicious! With a little help from our friends at Whole Foods and my own intuition, my first attempt at Zucchini Pasta was a success. *contented sigh*

*Save yourself some dishes, and eyeball your quantities.

Julienne zucchini on a mandoline*. Dice tomatoes. Throw in some herbs (I used basil, oregano, and chives), drizzle with olive oil, and add a splash of lemon. Sprinkle with nut cheese (see below) and enjoy! Prep time is about 5-15 minutes, depending on the number of servings you make, and does not require any forethought - as long as you have the ingredients. If something is missing, improvise! Substitution is half the fun :)

*If you don't have a mandoline, a potato peeler or a large-holed cheese grater will do.

Nut cheese has been my family's saving grace through this transition. Nutritional yeast, hemp seeds, nuts, and salt ground in a food processor. We've used cashews, almonds, brazil nuts... the sky's the limit! ....Okay, nuts are an easy thing to over-do on a vegan diet, so eat responsibly :)

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