Hello my delectable! How’s your summer going? Mine is, well, going! It’s crazy how quickly it’s passing. I feel like I just pulled out my sandals! Just wanted to pop in and share what I’m loving lately, what I’m doing lately, and what I think you’ll love too! There’s too much to even list, but this is a start. Look for more “lately” posts for weird and random current obsessions from now on. And read till the end to find out how to use up all the zucchini that’s kicking around right now!
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3. I’ve been teaching more. I seem to talk and sing a lot in these classes, and I tell you what it’s kind of a nice change. I love that I get to share my love of the practice with a tiny bit more theory than I do just cranking people into a bind. Though hey that’s great too. Check me out at Euphoria Yoga in Woodstock 11:30 am Thursday the 16th and Thursdays thereafter. And stay tuned for updates! I hope to host a few pop ups, include some recipes and treats, and generally step it up. What are YOU craving in a yoga class or gathering this late summer and early fall?
4. It’s zucchini season! Yup it’s full force right now. Did you know August 8 was National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day? It is. It’s a thing. They even give you instructions. You sneak over there quietly, leave your zucchini and run away.
But there are lots of great ways to use it up, even if you’re sick of it. This latest one is a go-to of mine, but I don’t know if I’ve ever published it. Sometimes I don’t even sauté the noodles, I’m that lazy, and they’re good raw too. But it’s only a 5 minute stove top affair if you want them cooked. The dish is shown here with some raw mushroom falafels I pulled out of an old recipe book, but it doesn’t really need anything fancy. My favorite toppings are ripe summer cherry tomatoes and raw pine nuts with an extra swirl of olive oil and a sprinkle of basil. But you could put any protein you like on top too.
And with that, here’s how you can use up the zucchini I leave on your porch…
Have a delectable week. And don’t forget to contact me for your free health history.
- 4 zucchinimedium sized, or 2 larger zucchini
- 2 Tbsp. Avocado Oilor other neutral, heat resistant oil
- 2-4 cloves garlicminced
- 2 Avocados
- 1small bunch basil leavesfresh, chopped, but save a few leaves for a garnish
- 2Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1Pinch Sea Saltor to taste
- 2Tbsp. Nutritional Yeastoptional, but awesome
- 1 tsp. Garlic PowderAlso optional, but adds flavor
- Slice the avocados in half and scoop out the flesh adding it to the bowl of your food processor. I like the small bowl, since it gives the blades more contact with the small amount of avocado for easier blending.
- Add remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth and creamy. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides a couple of times.
- Taste, and add seasoning and more oil to taste, and then blend again until completely smooth.
- To make the noodles, cut the ends off your zucchini and make noodles according to your spiralizer's instructions.
- In a heavy bottomed skillet, heat the oil over medium high heat, add the garlic and stir to cook, about 3 minutes. Don't let it burn! If it seems to be sizzling, turn down the heat to medium.
- Add the zucchini noodles to the pan and sauté until just soft. Don't cook too long or they will shrink a lot and release too much water.
- Divide the noodles among four plates. Place a large dollop of cream sauce on each and toss to coat well. Top with desired "fixins" and enjoy!
- Notes: 1. Never, ever, ever add salt to the zucchini noodles until ready to serve. They will release water like crazy and the whole thing will be a soggy mess. 2. You might have extra cream sauce left over. It's great as a dip too! A squeeze of lemon on top, or a floater of olive oil, can help keep it from browning. Refrigerate until ready to use...if it even lasts past dinner. 3. Nutritional yeast is also a great topper. Replaces parmesan well as a topping.