Raw Almond, Pesto & Zucchini Pasta Recipe

Before I became vegan, pasta was a staple of my diet. But now that I no longer eat gluten, I make most of my pasta dishes out of zucchini.

Zucchini is SO good for you, and it's delicious when shaved and tossed with olive oil and an acidic dressing like .

Ingredients:

Pasta:

  • 2 zucchini, shaved long
  • 4-5 large sun-dried tomatoes
  • 6 artichoke hearts
  • 10 raw almonds
  • Bunch of basil
  • (Optional: fresh corn, peppers, mushrooms or carrots)

Directions:

Shave the zucchini and then put the remaining ingredients in your food processor.

Pasta Sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 2 drops basil essential oil
  • 2 drops thyme essential oil
  • Himalayan sea salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Directions:

Once dressing is mixed toss all ingredients together and assemble to your liking on a plate.

Added bonus: Top with chia seeds!

I use essential oils in my recipes because of their amazing therapeutic properties. You simply can't get that same amount from the fruit or herb itself.  

Lemon Oil: Very refreshing and widely known for its cleaning benefits; also a mood elevator!

Basil Oil: Extremely restorative and calming; also aids with digestion and helps get rid of inflammation.

Thyme Oil : Helps improve circulation, acts as an antioxidant and is extremely cleansing; it's also known for killing pathogens.

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