My head is saying bathing suit, but my heart is saying pasta.
Sorry heart. Head wins, rn.
However, I’m not sacrificing fun or pleasure this summer. So I’m getting experimental with vegetable noodles and enjoying the light, plant-based results. If you still haven’t gotten a spiralizer, you’re going to want one because zucchini noodles will change your life (and spiral carrots on a salad aren’t too shabby either.) I really love this spiralizer which is a great for beginners who aren't sure if they can even get down with pasta made of veggies. Hey, also don’t forget last year’s vogue pasta alt – spaghetti squash.
Another key to enjoying summer non-pasta, is the sauces. For the past couple years, I have survived on keeping a jar of fresh kale pesto in my fridge. It’s my favorite condiment to schmear on toast under a poached egg, or drizzle on quinoa with cherry tomatoes and almond parmesan. My advice – always have a jar of this on hand. You won’t run out of ways to use it, and it’s a great way to use up kale before it goes bad.
Here’s how I do it.
Summer Squash Noodles with Fresh Kale Pesto
- 1 large spaghetti squash
- 2 large spiralized zucchinis
- 4 cups of loosely packed kale
- 1/5 cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- ½ lemon, juiced
Preheat oven to 425. Halve spaghetti squash long-ways and scoop out seeds. Drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for 40 mins.
In blender, mix kale, olive oil, nutritional yeast, garlic, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. (Disclaimer: Two cloves of garlic is very conservative. I usually use 4 because #garlicislife and I don’t care how I smell. Do you.) Blend until liquid. Add ingredients to taste.
Remove spaghetti squash from the oven and let cool. Scrape meat with fork long-ways to create long “noodles”. Over low heat, toss spiralized zucchini to soften it up. Mix both squash and pesto in a large bowl and serve topped with fresh pepper.
Save remaining pesto in a jar in the fridge for up to two weeks and get creative. It probably won't last that long.