Last week one of my good friends came over for dinner. It was a Saturday evening, but instead of going out on the town we decided to keep things quiet and hang out in my favourite place: the kitchen. The kitchen is where I let myself go. I hang my worries by the door and allow myself to get lost in the moment. I spend most of my time in the kitchen alone, so it's a nice change once and a while to have some great company. Food by its very nature is such a social activity and I always feel so refreshed after an evening of creativity in the kitchen with friends!
Although my friend isn't a raw vegan herself, she was very enthusiastic about trying out a raw recipe. We decided to be adventurous and to try something new. After raiding the fridge, we ended up deciding on sweet potato, zucchini, and cilantro as the basis for our meal. The result was a surprisingly light and satisfying raw pasta dish with a zesty and nutty pesto.
To balance the crunchiness of sweet potato noodles we added one small zucchini into the mix. You can make this recipe using any kind of herb for your pesto base - or even a blend of a few!
Sweet Potato Pasta with Cashew Cilantro Pesto
Here's What You'll Need:
- 1 sweet potato
- 1 zucchini
- 1 red pepper
- Fresh cilantro to garnish
For the Pesto:
- 1 cup raw cashews
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 cup of fresh cilantro (or other herb)
- 1 clove garlic
- Filtered water (up to 1/2 a cup based on desired consistency)
This recipe is so simply to put together you'll love it. Start by spiralizing the sweet potato and zucchini. If you don't have a spiralizer you can try using a vegetable peeler to create thin flat noodles. A cheese grater or food processor can also work in a pinch. If you're super brave and have a lot of spare time, you can try making this dish without any special tools at all...but you'll be slicing for a long time. Don't say I didn't warn you!
Set your noodles aside and pulse together the cashews, lemon juice, cilantro and garlic in a food processor, adding water slowly. Lastly, slice up the red pepper and toss everything together. Garnish with some fresh herbs and take a moment to admire your handiwork.
Bon Appétit! :)