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Illustrated Recipe: Zucchini Pasta & Creamy Avocado Sauce

The day has finally come.

I’m a proud owner of a spiralizer!!

I’d been dreaming about having a spiralizer for a while now. I try to avoid refined carbs as much as I can, and a spiralizer would make it easy for me to substitute pastas and noodles and add more veggies to my dish.

Dave got me this spiralizer from Paderno as an early anniversary gift! And I’m so in love ❤

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Oh spiralizer, how I longed for you…

I saved this Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce recipe on my Pinterest a few months ago and decided to make it the next day I got my new toy.

It’s been super hot here, and our apartment overheats really easily, so I’m happy to have recipes that don’t require me to turn on the stove after, like, 10am.

It was really easy to assemble and use the spiralizer. Making my zucchini noodles was a breeze!

 

This recipe is so simple. I was eating my zucchini pasta with avocado sauce within 10 minutes.

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Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce. It’s a light and tasty dish perfect for summer lunch!

I had a bunch of cherry tomatoes and basil from our gardens, and they made a nice addition to this cool summer dish.

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So refreshing and healthy!

It was so good, I practically inhaled it!! 😀

There will be more spiralizing happening in my future for sure! Do you have any favorite spiralized vegetable recipes? If so, please share in the comment 🙂 I’d love to hear!

xo Yuko

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Illustrated Recipe: Raw Zucchini Hummus

I love to cook with seasonal fresh ingredients. During the summer, our gardens provide us with abundance of summer veggies, like cucumbers, eggplants, tomatoes, and of course,  zucchinis.

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Summer is here!! Eat your rainbow every day 🙂

I’m always looking for creative ways to eat zucchinis because they usually come in such abundance.

I have a few go-to zucchini recipes, but I get bored of them after a while… 😀 And before you know it, your crisper gets so full of them! You can’t fit anything else in there, and when you try to jam in your lettuce, they end up getting smushed by the firm zucchinis. I’m sure I’m not the only one who occasionally resents how prolific they are!!

During the summer our tiny apartment gets overheated due to the big west facing windows and the subpar insulation. We try to cook outside on our BBQ grill whenever possible so we don’t have to turn on the oven or the stovetop.

I was delighted to find this raw zucchini hummus recipe on The Detoxinista because 1) it uses the zucchinis raw and 2) I love hummus!

(BTW, I love The Detoxinista so much! Probably my #1 favorite cooking/recipe blog right now. Everything Megan posts there is pretty easy to make, and it gives great options to accommodate many food allergies/sensitivities!)

Bean-free raw zucchini hummus recipe from detoxinista.com
Bean-free raw zucchini hummus recipe from detoxinista.com

I have allergy to several kinds of beans, and chickpeas, depending on how they were prepared, are sometimes hard to digest… so this zucchini hummus is a great bean-free alternative!

It’s light and refreshing and goes great with your favorite veggies and crackers! YUM.

And I love how easy it is to put together. Just chop up the ingredients and blend them together! That’s my kind of cooking… 😀

What’s your favorite zucchini recipe? Tell me in the comment below and help me keep up with our zucchini production this summer!!

xo Yuko

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Illustrated Recipe: No-Bake Metta Balls (Gluten, dairy & egg-free)

I’m back!!!

(OK, not really – I’m writing this post before I left for my 10-day meditation retreat…and am just about done and getting ready to come home when this post comes out :))

Anyway, I’ll tell you more about how my meditation retreat went next week. I promise.

For now, you can assume it was ________________ (fill in the blank: life-changing, awesome, terrible, hard, boring, enriching, deeply insightful, painful, healing, waste of time, so worth it, tiring, etc. etc.)

Since I don’t have much to say about my meditation retreat yet, I wanted to share a recipe for Metta Balls today! 

What’s a Metta Ball, you ask? Metta is a term used in Buddhist teaching, meaning “loving kindness.”  Metta Ball is a no-bake, nutty and sweet treat that is super easy to put together and of course, so very good.

Meal time is definitely a highlight of the meditation retreat when all you do is sit and try to observe your inner chatter all day long.

And every once in a while, they serve you a dessert. Metta Ball is one of their dessert options.

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At the time I’m writing this post, I’m really hoping they serve it at the retreat! With my current dietary restrictions, this is pretty much the only dessert I can eat out of all of their options.

I know I’m supposed to let go of my desires and wishes during the meditation… but desire for a good dessert is probably the last thing I’ll let go of 😀

Be warned – it’s addictive.

When I made these a few weeks ago, I kept peeking in the fridge and reaching in the tupperware, like every 20 minutes. This little treat goes perfect with milk. Or rather, you need milk to wash down the peanut butter that sticks all over your teeth 😀 He he.

I hope you enjoy!

xo Yuko

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