I don’t eat nearly as much raw food as I should and over the past couple of months I’ve been trying to change that. I get most of my raw food intake from smoothies and salads. But salads can get really monotonous even when I’m totally changing up the ingredients. I’ve recently been following the blog Choosing Raw which always has a ton of yummy looking rawcipes and this week I finally tried one: Zucchini pasta with sweet pepper marinara. I don’t have a spiralizer so I just used a peeler to make the noodles.
The sauce turned out to be amazing and it could not have been easier. It literally took a grand total of 5 minutes to chop the ingredients and whip them up in my beloved Magic Bullet blender. I stuck to the recipe except for omitting the stevia and I’m glad I did because the red pepper added just the right touch of sweetness. When you’ve got such vibrant ingredients you know the end result is gonna be good:
I have to admit, however, that as I was eating this dish, I became increasingly depressed. Yes, I realize it sounds weird to say that a meal made me depressed, but there was something about this meal that just made me think that healthy food choices are not satisfying. Now I know this isn’t true, but in this case, I simply did not enjoy eating this meal cold. The zucchini noodles were the biggest problem. I didn’t have delusional expectations about the noodles being anything like real pasta but they were just so bland. Of course in the future I could season them first, but I also found the texture totally unappealing. Maybe it would be better if I did have a spiralizer, because in this state, the cold thin slabs were just not very appetizing. While I forced myself to finish the dish raw, it took everything I had not to pop the whole thing into the microwave to warm it up. The flavors of the sauce were so wonderful but I couldn’t help but pine a warm version.
I guess for now I’ll be sticking to smoothies and salads for my raw food needs. I definitely plan on making Gena’s sweet pepper marinara again but I will probably end up heating it or maybe even making a thicker version for a dip.