Spaghetti & Zucchini Noodles With Greens & Avocado Sauce

Spaghetti & Zucchini Noodles With Greens & Avocado Sauce
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Here is another easy and nutrient dense dish. We all know how absolutely essential greens are for good health. They are low in calories, low in sugars, low in sodium, no cholesterol, high in fiber and is a nutrient powerhouse!

Kale
Kale

They contain a high amount of antioxidants,  iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, C , E, K and B . They are rich in phytonutrients which helps boost our immune system and protect against cellular damage.

Raw Avocado Source:USDA
Raw Avocado Source:USDA

Avocados or alligator pears  contain about 20 different vitamins and minerals, has absolutely no cholesterol and very little sodium. The majority of it’s fat is oleic acid which has been shown to  reduce inflammation and also have beneficial effects on genes linked to cancer.

Avocados are fruits not vegetables.
Avocados are fruits not vegetables.

These oils also help us better utilize fat soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K. So not only are avocados highly nutritious all by itself, but when combined with other plant foods it can dramatically increase the absorption rate of the nutrients in that food as well.

Raw Zucchini Source:USDA
Raw Zucchini Source:USDA

This is in fact, one of my preschooler’s favorite dish, it’s almost right up there with palak tofu, a vegan variation of palak paneer. If you’re not particularly fond of the taste of greens, reduce the amount of greens and increase the amount of cashews.

Ingredients

24 oz greens (approximately 8 cups)
1 large avocado
5 garlic cloves
2 or 3 tbs of olive oil
2 or 3 tbs of nutritional yeast
1/4 to 1/2 cup of walnuts
1/4 cups cashews
1lb spaghetti
2 zucchinis

Directions:

Place a large pot with 4 quarts of water on the stove. Don’t add salt to the water yet as it will elevate the boiling temperature of water and will slightly increase the time it’ll take to bring the water to a boil.

Kale, Chard & Spinach
Kale, Chard & Spinach

While you are waiting for the water to boil start preparing the sauce by wilting the greens. You can use your favorite greens like kale, collard, spinach or even a blend. This time I am using a blend of kale, chard and spinach that I picked up from Costco.

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Just place the greens in a pot with a tight lid and heat on high for about a minute or two until the pot warms up.

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Reduced to about 2 1/2 cups

Don’t be tempted to lift the lid just put it aside for a while and let the heat wilt the greens. All that greens will reduce to about 2 1/2 cups.

Spaghetti
Spaghetti

When the water comes to a boil add about 1tbs of salt followed by spaghetti and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente. Here is a short video on how to perfectly cook pasta.

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While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce by blending all the ingredients except for the zucchini and pasta in a high speed blender.  When it’s smooth and creamy set aside.
Pasta liquid
Pasta liquid
When the pasta is al dente, make sure to reserve about a cup of pasta water.
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Once drained, mix hot pasta with sauce and use reserved pasta water to loosen it up if necessary.
Julienne peeler
Julienne peeler
Now using a julienne peeler make zucchini noodles and mix it into the pasta. I use the entire zucchini including the skin and seeds especially since the skin is particularly antioxidant-rich.  Buon appetito!
Buon appetito!
Buon appetito!

 



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