Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vegan MoFo Day 18: Parsley Pesto & a Magic Bullet Scare

Another weird day in cleanseland wherein I wasn't at all hungry until the afternoon, when I finally finished the last bit of green apple with almond butter.  Yep, still gross; I won't be buying these again.

Due to a subsequent combination of minor nausea and lack of hunger, that was all I needed until dinner-  when I revisited the spiralizer!  In anticipation of the lentil walnut pate, I'd overbought parsley.  I picked some up from the supermarket and then came across an infinitely superior bunch at the health food store that I couldn't pass up.  Bet you can't tell which is which:

With all that parsley to use up and itching to resume spiralizing, I googled parsley pesto and was happy to see that it does in fact exist.  I threw together this recipe for 5 medium sized zucchini:

2 cups parsley leaves
4 tbsp lemon juice
10 tbsp water
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp EVOO
1/2 cup toasted almonds (I reserve pine nuts for pignoli cookies)
1 tbsp nooch
1 tsp sea salt 

There was a bit of a scare with my Magic Bullet when it began to sound strained, but then it powered back up again.  This has happened every once in a while for the last couple of years, so much so that I have a brand new back up at the ready just in case; I don't want to find myself Magic Bullet-less.  And then it really sputtered and...stopped.  I thought that was it.  When I removed the large cup I realized that one of the tabs had broken off, rendering it incapable of the the tri-pressure necessary to power the bullet.  Gasp!

No worries, I simply transferred the contents to a mug and was on my way.  My Magic Bullet is about 15 years old and still going strong.  Parsley Pesto:

More zucchini spiralizing:

Building the main event course, zucchini spaghetti:

...with pesto:

...garnished with diced tomatoes and red onion:

The spiralizer just doesn't get old; the dinner was great.  

But I did have my eye on this treat.  In the save pile!


  1. vitamix. that is all.

  2. Just wondering why you peel the zucchini? I just scrub and spiralize!

  3. Jessica, I peel when it's not organic! It would look much nicer unpeeled...& more nutricious too.

  4. What brand of spiralizer is it? It looks very efficient!

  5. Andrea, It's a World Cuisine turning slicer & it's grand. The two of us make fun of the juicer for being such a major p.i.t.a.

  6. I always buy parsley with great dreams of detox but it goes bad so quickly! I just threw a bunch out :( Is that apple butter or peanut butter? Apple butter is great but I don't know if that would be cleanse friendly either. Oh, as for the dressing - it's just nooch, olive oil, maple syrup, tamari, water, and minced garlic. The actual measurements are on the bowl link.

  7. Ah, FF- thanks for the extra set of eyes; it's almond butter! Sorry I missed the link to the dressing; that sounds great. Will revisit!


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