Veggie-Centric Meal

Our Avocado Spinach Pesto “Zoodles” dish is the perfect summer dinner meal, as it’s light, easy to make, and filled with seasonal produce. Children will also love this dish, as the “zoodles” are a fun way for them to eat their vegetables while still giving them nutritional benefits. The Avocado Spinach Pesto can also be used as a dip or a sauce for chicken, fish or pasta.

Nutrient Booster: Zucchini, Avocado, Spinach + Hemp

In today’s world, our Western diets have led to a decrease in potassium intake. This is because our consumption of fruits and vegetables in also reduced and our diets are higher in sodium and processed foods. Zucchini is a great source of potassium. Potassium plays a key role in blood pressure, heart health. and bone health. A diet rich in potassium is shown to decrease blood pressure.

Not only do avocados add a delicious and creamy texture, but nutrient content as well. Avocados offer dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C, E, K, folate, vitamin B-6 and more! Unlike typical fruit, avocados are low in sugar. Avocados are low in saturated fatty acids and higher in unsaturated fatty acids, making them beneficial for heart health. Consuming avocados has been found to increase absorption of other phytochemicals, too! Overall, this creamy fruit is a delicious and healthy addition to this pesto recipe.

Traditional pesto recipes don’t call for spinach, but with the added antioxidants, we thought it would be a fabulous idea. Spinach is a good source of essential nutrients like carotene, ascorbic acid and more. Spinach is also a good source of antioxidants which are extremely beneficial in oxidation-related diseases. To keep oxidative stress at bay, it’s important to include antioxidants in your diet to help fight free radicals. in the body.

Hemp hearts contain all 10 essential amino acids and are rich in protein! They also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and the rare omega-6 Gamma Linoleic Acid (GLA). GLA is shown to help cholesterol levels, inflammation, hormone balancing and heart health! Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts are easy to add to your favorite foods, but we especially love them in this recipe! For more information, check out the Manitoba Harvest website.

Perfect Pairs

 This dish acts a delicious main or a fulfilling side! We love to pair this with a protein-packed meal like our Black Sesame Seed Encrusted Salmon, Baked Tofu with Thai Style Peanut Sauce or our Simple Black Bean Burgers.

Avocado Spinach Pesto Zoodles

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

Avocado Spinach Pesto

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 avocados
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup basil, packed
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts

Zoodles

  • 8 medium zucchini, washed and spiralized
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

Instructions

Avocado Spinach Pesto

  1. In a food processor add the garlic, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper, and process for one minute. Add the avocado, spinach, basil, hemp hearts, and pine nuts to the food processor and mix for about 2 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.

Zoodles

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and zucchini and cook for 5-6 minutes, stirring often. Place in a large bowl when done. Slowly add the pesto to the "zoodles", mixing intermediately between batches. Top with cherry or grape tomatoes

Recipe Notes

Nutrient Analysis:
Serving size: 1 cup, Calories: 160 calories, Fat: 12 grams, Saturated fat: 1.5 grams, Carbohydrates: 11 grams, Sugar: 5 grams, Sodium: 83 milligrams, Fiber: 5 grams, Protein: 5 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

 

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