Thursday, 4 April 2013

Zucchini Pasta with Tomatoes and Broccoli

Major crisis has struck: we have very little vegetables and no bananas left in our house. Except for a few cherry tomatoes, a couple of zucchinis, and two heads of broccoli. I like those vegetables too (well, the first two are technically fruits), but I sure am craving some leafy greens. Oh well. I'll have 'em tomorrow, and for now this raw pasta will have to do for dinner.

Ha, who am I kidding, raw pasta is great. 

For this recipe I literally threw in whatever we had available, since my household needs to desperately go to the supermarket for some produce. The zucchini pasta is tossed in a mixture of tomatoes and dried herbs (boo, no fresh herbs either except my little chive plant), and served with some marinated and dehydrated broccoli. Yep, I'm giving raw broccoli another try. I must say dehydrating it certainly gives it a better texture, but lightly steamed is still my favourite. Sorry hard core raw foodies. 

Zucchini Pasta with Tomatoes and Broccoli

Marinated Broccoli:
3T coconut aminos (tamari or soy sauce is okay too)
1/2t blackstrap molasses
1 garlic clove, minced
A handful of tomatoes, chopped
Pinch of salt
1 small head of broccoli

1 zucchini, cut into noodles

Tomato Sauce:
1/2C tomatoes, chopped
1T coconut nectar
1t dried mixed herb
Pinch of salt
Pinch of chilli (or more, if you like things extra spicy)

Combine all the ingredients for the marinated broccoli, except the broccoli, in a food processor until roughly combined. Pour into a container and marinate the broccoli for around an hour. Dehydrate until your desired texture is achieved. Mine was dehydrated for around 4-5 hours, since I prepared the broccoli as I was preparing lunch. 

Process all the ingredients for the tomato sauce until well combined in a food processor. It's okay to not fully puree it, since I personally like having little chunks of tomato in my pasta. Toss in a bowl along with the zucchini pasta and the dehydrated broccoli. Serve with a sprinkle of chilli flakes and dried or fresh herbs. 

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