RAW ZUCCHINI PASTA + ALMOND PESTO

by Holly on August 10, 2012

in dinner,gluten-free,happiness,Italian,recipes,TV appearances,vegetarian

Consider the funk gone!

Well…first let me back this blog train up a giant step or two and tell you I’ve been in a total funk/rut/the-whole-world-doesn’t-seem-to-make-sense-right-now-so-I-am-going-to-be-crabby-about-it mood for the past couple weeks. I don’t know what it is, but I seem to get in these moods from time to time. I know they are totally normal, but they are also totally annoying.

Could you tell though? Sometimes I wonder if by reading my posts you can tell what I’m feeling like in my personal, off-the-blog life. The one that includes paying bills and manfriends and $400 car repairs and lots of un-ladylike sweating in my new not air-conditioned apartment.

Because I totally wear my heart on my sleeve, and you’ll know if I like you or if I don’t or if I’m mad at you or if I’m secretly judging you for wearing a mullet skirt.

No offense friends, but I will judge you for clothing that reminds me of a trendy Wisconsin haircut.

To remedy my useless funk, I made a zucchini gratin, ate chocolate peanut butter ice cream, went out to lunch and doodled endlessly with my new Sharpie Pens, of which I am obsessed with.

Then, I decided to redesign my blog. Because sometimes when life throws a flour bomb of crabbiness in your face, you have to fight back the only way you know how – with a new blog header and custom HTML coding. And I love it!

Fresh, crisp and clean…just how I wish my showering habits were.

Then, I went on my favorite local TV station on National Zucchini Day to talk about ways to use up your annual summer abundance of this bountiful green vegetable.

If you can’t see the above video, click here.

Talking fonts + zucchini = two things always guaranteed to put a smile on my face.

That and knowing in the next three months, I’ll be traveling to Boston, NYC, Minneapolis and….ARGENTINA! As you can see, there was no reason to be in a funk knowing I will be dancing that dirty Argentinean tango with the manfriend in South America come October. Not to mention the egregious amounts of empanadas that I will eat.

So take that funk! Be gone.

Just leave me some zucchini pasta + pesto before you leave, mmmkay?

Raw Zucchini Pasta with Almond Pesto
Prep time: 15 minutes

4 medium-sized zucchini
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup raw almonds
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt + pepper, to taste

Using a julienne peeler or sharp knife, slice zucchini lengthwise into thin “noodle-like” stripes. Place in a bowl, and sprinkle with salt. Let zucchini sit for 10 minutes, and drain and pat zucchini dry.

Meanwhile, in a blender or food processor, pulse basil, garlic, almonds and lemon while streaming in olive oil slowly until mixture is blended but still slightly chunky. Scoop into a bowl, add parmesan cheese and salt + pepper, and toss until mixed.

To serve, place zucchini noodles in a bowl and mix with two heaping tablespoons of pesto.

Makes 4 servings

P.S. Zucchini is super fibrous, super low-calorie and super anti-oxidant-laden, meaning it’s super good for you. Pesto adds healthy fat, fresh herbs and of course – cheese.

P.P.S. In other words, this is the perfect meal.

{ 35 comments }

Christa @ Edible Balance August 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

It’s been FAR too long since I’ve made raw zucchini noodles! This looks delicous :)

PS I LOVE the redesign!

Mindy August 10, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I love the redesign!

megan August 10, 2012 at 4:15 pm

love the redesign, love the recipe (picking up a fresh CSA box tonight and I’ll have more than enough zucchini to make this. several times!) and I love your straightforward and honest posts-it happens to the best of us and congrats on working around it and creating more wonderful things for us!

Hillary August 10, 2012 at 4:22 pm

LOVE the new design. HATE that I am missing you in Boston by a mere three weeks. WANT you to take me on vacation to Argentina. I swear I’m the best third-wheel-travel-companion that has ever existed.

Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

The redesign looks awesome!

Chocolate peanut butter ice cream would absolutely make me feel better too. :-)

Karis August 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Great new design! Any tips? I’d love to change mine up, but am not even sure how to start.

steph August 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

love the new look of your blog! it looks amazing…

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 10, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Snazzy look to the blog!!!

I can’t wait to hear about Argentina. Be careful not to end up in Chile like I did. LOL!

Barb N. August 10, 2012 at 8:57 pm

There’s so much to love.
The new look.
The PB ice cream.
The Sharpie pens.
No more funk.
The zucchini.

I could go on forever.

Marjie Scheib August 10, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Please tell me where you found Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream in Madison PLEASE! The only place I have found it is Baskin Robbins and there just are not too many of them around anymore. Yours looks like the kind they had…..I must have some soon!!!!

sarah @ sarah learns August 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

i love love LOVE your new header, holly! :)

Carolyn @HealthKitten.com August 10, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I lurve the new site design! Very clean….but still exudes your personality.

I’m SO JEALOUS of your South American trip!! Embrace the humidity and the curl that will come with it! ;-)

Stephanie August 11, 2012 at 2:48 am

Loving the new design and OMG this recipe is right up my street! I have almond languishing in the cupboard and zucchini in the fridge. Not a glut mind you as we haven’t had the warm weather this year in the UK so my own zucchini growing in the garden is only about 2″ long and there are only 2 of them!

Glad to hear the funk is gone and you have come out with a cracker of a recipe!
X Steph

Lauren August 11, 2012 at 5:18 am

Girl, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new blog layout. Simply beautiful. And this “pasta” looks incredible. I’m all about the zucchini pasta, I just never have the motivation to actually do the work to make it.

Have a wonderful weekend love!
PS- See you so soon! xoxo

Michelle @ Eat Move Balance August 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

I love zucchini pasta!!! This dish looks delicious! :) And the new blog layout is very cool–nice work!

Abby August 11, 2012 at 10:44 am

This looks absolutely delicious!! And I love the new look :) Everyone does get funky (not in a disco kind of way) now and then, glad you’re on the other side!

Avery @ Texas Teen Keeps Lean August 11, 2012 at 11:05 am

All your recipes look so good! My computer bookmark is about to get some serious usage!

Kristie August 11, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I completely love your redesign. Simple, crisp and …happy! Simple is best, always always.
You also just gave me a mad craving for pesto and sharpies. Not together of course.

Emily August 11, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I LOVED Argentina when I was there!!! Chile was awesome too!! Feel free to e-mail me at ekoebnick@gmail if you want. So jealous!

Ginny August 11, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I’ve been in a funk too! Definitely going to have to try this. Also, SO JEALOUS about Argentina!

k August 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Thank you for writing this blog. Your ‘everythingtarian’ lifestyle has helped me overcome my screwed up view on eating. Your an inspiration woman!

Hannah-lyz August 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

Zuchinni (courgette as it’s known on my side of the Pond) is perhaps my favourite vegetable! Thinly sliced, it adds a fresh flavour and crunch on top of avacado & tomato on toast for breakfast (extra chilli, please) , it’s great raw in salads for lunch, or chopped into batons for crunchy crudite snack, and as spaghetti it’s amazing for dinner ♥ I can, and often do eat it at every meal! Crazy? Yes. Tasty? Hell yes.
And we all know Hell yes trumps a plain ole’ yes any day.

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] August 12, 2012 at 8:18 am

this looks amazing! I’ve been so lazy with food lately but this might have just pulled me out of that funk. Lesson learned: Holly fixes funks. :)

I might have to hit you up for a blog redesign…

Madeline - Greens and Jeans August 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Love love love the new design! I’ll have to share my empanada recipes with you! (stolen from Margaret of course)

Dana August 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Gorgeous new layout! Stunning, my dear. And I love this recipe – looks delish.

Bravo friend!

Purely Twins August 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

love the new look!!

and love zucchini pasta

sara @ real fun food August 13, 2012 at 3:00 am

Just wondering … did you do all the redesign by yourself? It’s awesome – love it!

joelle (on a pink typewriter) August 13, 2012 at 7:47 am

This sounds delicious, AND I love the redesign! Although I loved your old blog’s layout too. :) I’m so excited to see what you come up with for mine!

Mackenzie August 13, 2012 at 10:35 am

OMG. WANT. IN MY MOUTH RIGHT NOW! this looks divine and holy CRAP ON A STICK, i cannot wait for all kinds of “holly and man friend take argentina” posts. i am excited for the hilarity that will ensue.

Megan (Braise the Roof) August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am

I have a lot of comments to make on this post. But most importantly, I just want to say that your funk was not apparent on the blog and even if it was I adore you anyway. I don’t let just anyone get me half drunk and empty the contents of my purse onto a cocktail table. ;) This dish looks awesome and your photography is so purty!

natalie@thesweetslife August 13, 2012 at 2:05 pm

funks are totally allowed. you’d be abnormal if you didn’t get them from time to time!

in other news, LOVE THE HEADER.

Lauren T August 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Love the new blog design! It really suits the blog :) Awesome recipe too, and hooray for getting over funks! Funks are really the worst!

Alysha @Shesontherun August 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Yay for traveling to exotic places :)

Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning August 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

The new design looks SO GOOD!! I’ve been planning to redesign mine FOREVER… and just haven’t. I pretty much hate the header, but never make it a priority! One of these days…
I love seeing you on your local news! You’re always so darn cute!
And, um- I am SUCH a font nerd. I have a BA in Graphic Design- and remember that we had to spend MONTHS designing our own font (and make it all in Illustrator, vector by vector) – and I freaking loved it. Don’t say words like kerning, tracking or leading to me. Or ligatures… I might just explode. (In a good way!)

Stephanie August 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Yummy! You are a genius!!! I made this tonight and it was super easy and delicious. Thanks for the wonderful idea. Love the new layout.

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