Zucchini Noodles w/ Cilantro Pesto

As I gear up for Spring, I have begun to think about quick & easy dinners so I can enjoy more time outside, and less time in the kitchen.

I recently purchased and tested out a few veggie spiralizers to start making more raw, or lightly sauteed dishes to make quick healthy dinners. My first purchase was a countertop Vegetti Spiralizer. I initially chose the countertop after reading countless positive reviews and to make larger batches in a small amount of time. Unfortunately, I was less than thrilled with it's performance. The suction aspect of it did not stick to my counter, and the noodles were not coming out as noodles but rather small ringlets of vegetables. I was most irritated when the unit popped off my counter, knocked over my bowl and spread my veggies all over my kitchen floor. Needless to say, the unit immediately went back in the box and to the store.

I then exchanged it for a $9 handheld Vegetti Spiralizer. I was so surprised (and thankful!) how this simple, easy contraption worked like a charm! It goes to show that bigger is not always better! For small batches, and personal use, this kitchen gadget is perfect!

Now that I had the right tool, I got to testing. I made some sauteed batches, and some raw batches. The dish I present to you is my Zucchini Noodles w/ Cilantro Pesto. The entire dish is gluten, soy, corn & dairy free!

AND my quick & easy dinner mission was complete!

PREP TIME: 10 min

COOK TIME: 5 min

SERVES: 4

This is one of many dishes that will be featured in next week's

Spring Detox cooking demos & dinners!

For event details go to www.viaMelissa.com/events

Via’s Zucchini Noodles with Cilantro Pesto

Zucchini Noodles

Ingredients

2 zucchini

1 tbl sp olive oil

3 garlic cloves

Dash garlic powder & sea salt

Directions

Using a handheld or electric spiralizer, spiralize zucchini into long strips

Dice garlic

Heat a pan on medium het with garlic and olive oil

Place zucchini in pan

Coat with garlic powder and sea salt

Cook 3 minutes then remove

**For raw version - just spiralize and top with cilantro

Cilantro Pesto

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts

1/2 cup olive oil

1 oz water

5 garlic cloves

1 ½ cup spinach

¾ cup cilantro

1 tsp sea salt

Directions

Add all ingredients to food processor

Blend until smoothe

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