Avocado Veggie “Pasta”

AvocadoVeggiePasta

Since coming down with a systemic candida infection a few years back, I’ve had to drastically reduce my carbohydrate intake and essentially eliminate grains from my diet.  As a result, I’ve really missed my creamy pasta dishes, and so I came up with this recipe as a veggie-loaded, low-carb substitute.  It comes together quickly (but if you’re really in a time-pinch you can sub frozen veggies for the fresh).  The only fat in this recipe is from the avocado sauce, making it a delicious & healthy alternative to traditional cream-laden sauces.  Fantastic as a lunch or a dinner, this is one recipe you can truly feel good about feeding your family.

Attributes: Vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free, soy-free, low-carb

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Pasta Ingredients:

8 ounces frozen shelled edamame
2 carrots, thinly sliced
½ medium red onion
2 tablespoons water
½ bunch cherry tomatoes on the vine (about 6 ounces), or 1 medium tomato (chopped)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 bunch kale, washed and chopped
1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt (or Celtic sea salt)
1 large zucchini, spiralized*

Avocado Sauce Ingredients:

1 large, ripe avocado
Juice of 1 lime (or lemon)
4 – 6 tablespoons water (or ¼ cup plus more as needed)
½ – 1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder

Directions:

Prepare avocado sauce by combining all ingredients in a Nutribullet or blender (you can also use a handheld blender for this). Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more water and salt if needed.

In a wok or large skillet, cook edamame, carrots, and red onion in 2 tablespoons water over medium heat until edamame is mostly cooked and carrots softened. Add tomatoes and red bell pepper and cook for a few minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in kale and salt, and continue cooking until kale has wilted and ingredients are well combined.

Remove from heat and toss with zucchini noodles and avocado sauce. Serve immediately.

* To see the spiralizer I used for this recipe, CLICK HERE.  If you’re not ready to make the investment in a spiralizer, I have also used this julienne peeler and this mandoline in the past with great results!

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