Wednesday, 27 November 2013

I Have A New Toy + Raw Pasta

In my opinion, raw pasta is one of the most genius raw food creations to this day: its satisfying, full of oh-so-good-for-you vegetables, and most importantly, it tastes so unbelievably delicious. It's not so expensive or difficult to make either, especially when you've got a handy portable spiraliser by your side. Although of course, that isn't totally necessary, so don't shy away from this recipe just because you don't have one. I used to not have one too, so I completely understand. 

In fact, my handy portable spiraliser is a recent acquisition. I bought it just last week on a whim, although thinking back to it now I  really should've been looking at materials for my design studio. Oops. No regrets here though, considering that purchasing this mini spiraliser was the best decision I've made all week. Speaking of, I also got a mini portable food processor that is manually powered a few weeks back. I've just tried it now, and it seems that it works. 

Don't you just love mini portable raw- vegan-food-preparation-friendly appliances? I mean, just look at those beautiful zucchini pasta curls. Imagine having that smothered with the best pasta sauce ever on a camping trip. Raw pasta dinner with a view of the Alps or another place with equally beautiful scenery? Uhm, yes please.

Actually, now that I think about it, maybe that's something I should do. I don't think I've told any of you yet, but the top of the architecture building in my current university has a student cafe and a viewing deck. It doesn't just have a view of Munich either, but also of the Alps on a clear day. How cool is that? I bet that cafe with a nice view will be really handy when crit time comes, provided its nice and sunny. 

Actually, this pasta recipe will be pretty good for those times too, since it's a healthy fast food recipe. Literally. It takes less than 10 minutes to make, and is 200% better for you compared to things like instant noodles or chips. You're pretty free to experiment and jazz it up too, so that you won't get bored of having the same meal everyday. Pasta arrabbiata for lunch and pasta with herby lemon cream sauce for dinner? Yes please! 

Easy Zucchini Pasta with Tomato Sauce

1 zucchini
1 carrot

Tomato Sauce:
1/3-1/2C pureed tomatoes
1t miso paste
2T balsamic vinegar
1T liquid sweetener (I used coconut nectar)
Pinch of pepper
Pinch of salt, but only if preferred

Suggested toppings:
Ground flaxseeds
Sun-dried tomatoes
Sunflower seeds
Nutritional Yeast

If possible, use a spiraliser to turn the zucchini and carrot into raw pasta noodles. If not, use a peeler to cut the vegetables into thin strips, before then cutting these strips into noodle shapes. This would take a bit longer than 10 minutes, but it still won't take too long, I promise.

Mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a small bowl. If the pureed tomatoes seem a bit too watery, then feel free to add some of the ground flaxseeds in to soak up some of the moisture. Adjust to your taste.

Just before serving, arrange the vegetable noodles into a bowl or onto a plate. Smother with generous amounts of tomato sauce, and top with flaxseeds, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, nutritional yeast, or whatever else you fancy. If you want, you can even add in some chopped kale or other leafy green.

Serve, and enjoy!

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