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Simple Raw Pesto Pasta

Raw food has a reputation for being time-consuming and difficult to make. This may stem from people trying to make dehydrated recipes. While I have a dehydrator and use it occasionally, I predominately use my Vitamix, cutting board, chef’s knife and sometimes (for this recipe) a spiralizer. These are my key tools for raw food. You don’t need a dehydrator to add plant-based foods into your life! You just need to know what to make to keep your palate entertained.

I made this recipe for my husband the other night. It’s a pesto pasta that is full of healthy fats, zinc and protein. He loved it. I loved it. I only had to make one dinner. This rocks!

Try toping this with some crushed pine nuts, basil micro greens or a toss of sea salt. This is great as a main dish with a kale salad along-side. Enjoy!

Raw Pesto Pasta

  • 2 medium zucchinis/li>
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 cup cashews or pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2/3 cup EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • 1 cup fresh basil, stems included, packed tightly
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 garlic clove (optional)
  • Black pepper to taste
  1. Spiralize your zucchini and carrots. Set aside in a bowl.
  2. In a food processor or vitamix, blend together the cashew, pumpkin seeds, EVOO, basil, garlic if using and pepper.
  3. Once it is well blended, transfer on top of the spiralized noodles. I use my hand (washed of course!) to get the pesto all blended in to the noodles.

Summer Sanders

Summer Sanders has long had a passion for hol istic health and fitness. Growing up in Sedona, Arizona, her love of fresh food s, natural healing and fitness was nurtured by this forward thinking community. She train ed at the Matthew Kenney Academy and eventually took a job as the head instructor o f the online raw food educational program.

Summer now runs a whole fo od cleansing and health consulting company called Radiantly Raw Lifestyles. She is a certified personal trainer , weight management coach, prenatal exercise coach, and fitness nutrition specialist with National Academy of Sports Medicine. Summer splits her time between San Diego, CA and Sedona, AZ with her husband Mike. She's expecting her first child in October!

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