This recipe is part of Brooke’s 5 Day Healthy Meal Challenge. Brooke, from The Intentional Momma asked me if I would be up to creating healthy, easy, affordable recipes for a five-day meal plan. I was definitely up to the task! You can follow Brooke’s mini-series on her blog, and see how she does trying my recipes (and read what her verdict is too).
I wanted to share with you one of the recipes from DAY 1 that is super easy to do and is surprisingly delicious! Yes, I used surprisingly – because let’s face it, the first thought that comes to mind when I say that you are going to eat zucchini instead of pasta noodles…well, is probably not you, jumping for joy. Or maybe it is! Either way, I think you’ll be happy to try this healthy, light-weight alternative to traditional noodles.
This makes an ideal work lunch. You can prepare the noodles in advance and tote them and the marinara sauce in separate containers, mixing only when it’s time to eat. Plus, when you leave the zucchini noodles to ‘sit’ outside the fridge for a 2-4 hours, they take on a more noodle-y texture. And the beauty of such a light meal is that you’re not weighed down for the rest of the afternoon
Bon Apetit !!
Raw Zucchini Noodles with Marinara Sauce
6 large zucchinis
1 1/2 cups of blended tomatoes (3-4 Roma tomatoes blended in blender or food processor)
1 clove of garlic
1 green onion, chopped
2 Tablespoons of virgin olive oil
1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
Pinch of sea salt or pink Himalayan salt
- Wash and prepare all vegetables.
- Use a spiral slicer or like me, a good ole’ vegetable peeler to make noodles from your zucchinis. Hold them firmly and run the vegetable peeler along the top to bottom. Place each noodle in a dish as you prepare them (I curled mine, because I thought it looked prettier).
- The earlier you make your noodles (2-4 hours in advance), the more they will feel like traditional noodles. So if you can, prepare them and let them sit on the counter before serving them.
- In a blender or food processor, place peeled garlic, onion, tomatoes, lemon juice, and olive oil.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve the noodles in each individual dish and then top with marinara sauce. Add a pinch of salt or grated himalayan salt on top for taste. Enjoy!