My love affair with avocado will never cease to exist. This glorious, tasty green fruit brings so much joy and delight to my life in the most simplest of ways. :::swoon:::
In looking for new ways to incorporate my favorite fruit into something other than <3 Avocado Toast <3, I took some inspiration from IG and google and found Avocado Pesto! (There are a variety of recipes out there and I used one from POPSUGAR as a base)
Take note: I love to cook, I love eating fresh food (heck, I love eating ;) ), but when you're running around all day, time just gets away, and the priorties become: let's eat something and eat something quick before the HANGER sets in! I'm all about meals that are simple, quick, healthy and of course TASTY! This recipe hits ALL categories!!! The creaminess from the avocado almost makes this meal like a decadent, indulgent treat!
I've been saying this for a while now... Fat is your friend (the healthy fats to be exact) and the avocado is
P U R E P E R F E C T I O N! Great for your skin, full of fiber and good for you heart healthy fats! This kind of fat is what will keep you S A T I S F I E D!
For this meal in particular I chose to go half pasta and half zucchini noodle. Why, you ask? Well, your bod does need some carbs - it is a part of the fueling process! Being a T1D, I choose Barilla Plus as it is high in Protein and Omegas - this slows the breakdown of carbs (whether you're T1D or not, def not a bad option!).
Adding the zucchini noodles will help fill your plate, and is a great way to add some extra greens and good for you nutrients without packing on extra calories and carbs. Your bod needs carbs, but unless you are running a marathon there is no need to overload!
*Here's a little something.... if you've never truly measured out what a serving size of pasta actually is, I HIGHLY suggest doing so. It will open your eyes to seeing what a true serving size is, and sadly it is a far cry from what you are served at a restaurant. This is where I insert the Zucchini Noodle love ;)
What you will need:
Serving Size of pasta measured out (optional)
1-2 Green Zucchini
Basil Leaves 1/3 cup (or dried - I used dried as I did not have fresh - 3 tbsp dried)
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp for sauce, 1-2 tbsp for Zucchini
Garlic (I prefer more so I used 2 cloves)
1/2 lemon (juice)
Tomatoes (optional - this is my add in)
Parmesan Cheese (optional - of course this is my add in... it's Cheese and little sprinkle goes a long way!)
While your pasta water is boiling - get your zucchini noodles prepped and put off to the side and start on your sauce.
For the sauce: combine Avocado, Basil, Salt, Lemon, & Garlic. Personally, I do not have a food processor, but use an Immersion Hand Blender. Blend until smooth.
(SIDE NOTE - The Immersion Blender is one of my absolute FAVORITE appliances! I use it for everything from Sauce, Soups, Smoothies - it takes up very little space and so easy to use!)
Saute your zucchini noodles in a little Olive Oil until done to your liking, then combine the Noodles and Zoodles together. Pour in your sauce, add tomato if you like (I love tomatoes in this, it is a perfect filler, adds beautiful color to your plate and is another heart healthy fruit!), plate and sprinkle a little parmesan to finish! (You know I had to add a lil cheese in there somewhere!)
And there you have it, minimal prep, minimal clean up, all good for you real foods, & ready in under 25mins!!!
I'm looking forward to when it gets warmer out to try this one chilled!
Keep it Tasty friends,