Vegetable Spaghetti with Cashew Cream


For the cashew cream
1 1/2 cup raw cashews
2-3 fresh garlic cloves, peeled
1 heaping tablespoon nutritional yeast
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
5-6 fresh basil leaves or 1 tablespoon basil from tube such as Garden Gourmet
1 to 1/2 cups water
For the vegetable spaghetti
4 medium size organic zucchini, rinsed
2 organic yellow squash, rinsed
1 red or orange organic bell pepper, rinsed
2 organic green onions, rinsed
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Garnish: chopped basil or flat-leaf parsley


Specialized equipment: vegetable spiralizer or hand vegetable shredded, high-speed blender such as NutriBullet
Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover with 2 cups of boiling water. Let stand for 4 hours or overnight. Drain cashews and transfer to a high-powered blender. Add the garlic, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and basil. Add only 1 cup of water and process. Add more water as needed to reach desired consistency, not too runny.
Spiralize the zucchini and yellow squash. Seed and core the pepper and cut into very thin strips. Using only the green part of onions, slice into thin strips 2-3 inches long.
Toss with salt, transfer to a colander. Place the colander over a bowl to collect any liquid, and refrigerate for an hour or more until ready to serve. (This helps soften the squash so that it’s easy to eat, almost twirls like regular pasta.) Top with cashew cream and garnish with chopped basil or parsley.


This is a great recipe to start in the morning for serving later in the day. I used to always prepare my evening meals in the morning when my kids were in school. Their after-school activities often stretched well into the late afternoon or early evening leaving me no time to cook when I got home. You can serve the vegetable spaghetti right after spiralzing, but it’s stiff and doesn’t give with a fork. If you let the vegetables sit for a couple of hours, they soften up. What is spiralizing you might ask? It’s basically cutting the vegetables into long thin strips. Spiralizing gadgets are available in a variety of forms, from hand crank contraptions to simple shredders.





Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 4:44pm


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