Monday, July 28, 2014

Zucchini Spaghetti With Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Peaches and Tomatoes

Raw fruit is something new for Baby Brother, and raw peaches have recently been introduced.  It is such a treat to go to the farmer's market right now and bring home a basket of  juicy, sweet peaches for us all to enjoy together.  The best part, really, is that I can actually give my little guy what he is asking for when he cries out "peach, peach, peach." We also have been bringing home lots of zucchini, enough to fill up one crisper drawer along with tons of carrots and baby cucumbers for Big Brother.  Zucchini happens to be one of Baby Brother's favorites, as he has it daily this summer in his bone broth, so I look for many ways to use it: zucchini slice, stir-fry and a new favorite-zucchini spaguetti made with this sprializer.  This summer, I was inspired by this recipe from The First Mess.  It combines zucchini noodles with a delicious pumpkin seed pesto and fresh peaches. For my lunch, I added in vibrant tomatoes since I like the flavor combination and combined juiciness of tomatoes and peaches together with fresh basil. I also add a hard boiled pasture egg-since egg is tolerated by everyone right now, and I make several daily *Baby Brother only has eaten yolk so far and Big Brother is not so keen on the texture of the white.  For the pesto, I have swapped out the garlic for some green onion and lemon zest-I add lemon zest to just about everything since it's free flavor.  Also, I use sprouted pumpkin seeds that my local Whole Foods places aside for me before hitting bulk bin.  I am comfortable with this practice with my personal tree nut allergy.  Would you be ok with it for your tree nut/peanut allergic child ? 

What You Need For Salad:
4-5 zucchini, spiralized into spaghetti
2-3 peaches, sliced in wedges
2-3 tomatoes, sliced in wedges

What You Need For Pesto:
1 cup of pumpkin seeds
1 cup of basil leaves
3 tbsp olive oil
splash of water
1 tbsp lemon juice, plus the zest
1 scallion, sliced in small rounds
salt and pepper to taste

How To Make:
First step pesto:

Place pumpkin seeds in TM bowl and process, speed 7, until you reach coarse breadcrumb consistency

Add in the rest of ingredients and process, speed 7, until you get desired paste-like texture.

You may have to add another splash of water or olive oil to help move along.  You also may need to scrape down sides with spatula after a few seconds before continuing. 

Second step spaghetti:

Spiralize Spaguetti and place in a big bowl and toss with a pinch or two of salt.  Let sit to soften while slices peaches and tomatoes

Third step assembly:

Toss the spaguetti with the pesto.  Add in the tomatoes and peaches with some torn up basil leaves.  Add some extra bits of pesto and lemon juice to taste. 

A zucchini set aside away from prep area to make sure that
Baby Brother's noodles for his chicken soup are free
of cross contamination as the pesto was being prepped
I hesitate to use cucumber in the spiralizer at this point since
it appears as if Baby Brother does not tolerate them
Problem being that Big Brother eats tons of cucumbers and
shuns zucchini....

Baby Brother's noodles

Love that the veggies and produce are all local and from Urban Harvest 
Planning Week's meals around fresh ingredients

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