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Zucchini Spaghetti with Pesto and Marinara Sauce - Raw, Vegan, & Gluten -Free

by Sima Cohen

July 21, 2014 | 8:36 am

Remember that spaghetti your mama made when you were knee high to a grasshopper? This is better than your mamas. There is no cooking involved, no chopping or dicing, you just throw everything into a high-speed blender for one minute, and voila, pasta a la better than mom's.

The "pasta" is made of zucchini, sliced with a mandoline in a noodle like shape. The marinara sauce, made with raw, fresh tomatoes, provides many health benefits, such as:

- Low in calories
- Naturally sweet
- Tomatoes are indeed rich in vitamin C, and this antioxidant plays a major role in strengthening your immune system
-They contain beta-carotene, which have disease fighting elements against heart disease and cancer
-Contains lycopene, that helps to defeat the risk of prostate cancer

Benefits of apple cider vinegar

- It is a fast, efficient boost of energy for your system
- Works wonders for your skin, and gives a glowing shine to your hair
- It regulates the ph of your skin
- If your teeth are discolored, whiten them up with a shot of vinegar
- Last but not least, apple cider vinegar helps with your weight loss

Zucchini Spaghetti with Pesto and Marinara Sauce - Raw, Vegan, & Gluten -Free

Serves 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 0


2 large zucchinis

Marinara sauce
31/2 cups of quartered tomatoes
11/2 cups of sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup of basil
2-3 garlic cloves (omit if you don't like the garlicy flavor)
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp of agave, coconut nectar, or honey
1/2 tsp sea salt
water as needed

Pesto sauce
4-5 cups of basil
4-5 cloves of whole garlic
1-2 lemons worth of lemon juice
1/3 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cups of water
2 cups raw cashews
1/2 cup raw walnuts


1. With the madoline, hold the zucchini in your hand, and create your noodles
2. For the marinara sauce, add all the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend for one minute (I like mine to have a bit if chunk in it)
3. For the pesto, add all the ingredients except for the nuts, and blend for a minute until it is nice and smooth
4. Add the nuts and blend for another 30 seconds
5. Divide the zucchini noodles into two plates and pour the marinara sauce on top, followed by the pesto sauce on top of the marinara sauce
6.Devour without a single ounce of guilt

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