Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Basil Sauce

zucchini noodles recipe via naturalwellnest.com

This is one of my absolute favorite dishes I have made all year. I just HAD to share the recipe with you! Zucchini noodles are a great alternative to regular pasta noodles for those sensitive to gluten, are grain free or simply want to add more veggies to your diet. They are fun and simple to prepare too! You can easily mix it up and use a different sauce recipe or go meatless and add extra veggies to make it vegetarian or vegan. There are countless zoodle recipes you can come up with! Yum! For this recipe I prepared each ingredient individually and then combined them all together at the end. I served this dish with a simple salad and It was perfect! ENJOY!

Ingredients

For Zucchini Noodles:
6 Small Zucchini (zoodled + sautéed with 1 clove of minced garlic)
1 Garlic Clove

For Broccolini:
1 Bunch Broccolini (sautéed with 1 clove of minced garlic)
1 Garlic Clove
sea salt to taste

For Meatballs:
1 lb Ground Turkey
3 Curly Kale Leaves (torn from stem + minced)
1/4 of an onion (chopped)
sea salt + favorite seasonings to taste (I used sea salt, turmeric, dried parsley, garlic powder and real garlic salt.

For the Sauce: Adapted from Eating Well recipe
1 small bunch fresh basil
2 ripe avocados
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350. Put your ground turkey, minced kale and chopped onion in a large bowl with your favorite seasonings and form your meatballs. Place them on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven until done.

Once those are in the oven begin sautéing your broccolini with the garlic until softened and cooked the way you like. Set aside.

Next, take your zucchini (skin on) and use your Spiralizer
to create your noodles. This is the Spiralizer that I use and it is very simple to work! Just chop off the ends, hook it on to your device and start cranking away! Set the noodles aside in a large bowl.

Next, prepare your sauce by adding all ingredients except olive oil to food processor. Pour olive oil through the opening at the top and blend! Set aside.

And finally, once meatballs are done cooking you will cook your zucchini. Using the same pan you cooked your broccolini, add some olive oil to a pan, sauté some garlic until fragrant. Then add your zucchini noodles and sauté them for a few minutes. Not too long because you don’t want them to get soggy. Just enough so they are warm and cooked a tad but still have a crunch to them. Once it is cooked to your liking add it to a large bowl and mix your avocado sauce and add meatballs and broccolini. Mix until combined. Season to taste. Serve immediately.

Serves 3-4

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