Zucchini Jumble+Pesto

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 | 6 comments

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Inspiration for today’s totally terrific recipe :) originally came from the super talented Angela at Oh She Glows! Once I saw Angela’s recipe for oil-free pesto, I immediately wanted to try it as I love a good, creamy topping!

Before I knew it, a week or so had past and I still hadn’t made the pesto! Thankfully, Nicole at Making Good Choices posted a recipe for pesto, also inspired by Oh She Glows, reminding me that I had yet to try this beautiful green sauce.

To top off the inspiration from above, I had went to the Farmer’s Market and I had basil along with zucchini galore in waiting! :)

When Friday came, I couldn’t wait any longer and before leaving for work that morning, I asked Travis what he thought about my plans to create a jumble of zucchini with pesto. Not seeming super thrilled,  he went along with it, as he often does when I mention an unfamiliar recipe. I might add, he is typically pleased with the end result, which was just the case with the following recipes! :)

Zucchini Jumble 

1/2 c. onion (chopped & sautéed)

1 garlic clove (chopped)

1 lg. yellow zucchini

3-4 sm. green zucchini

1 T. Braggs Liquid Aminos

1/2 T. Spike

2 T. chopped basil

1/2 T. nutritional yeast

1 c. quinoa (cooked)

  • Chop and sauté onion and garlic in large skillet
  • Slice zucchini and add to skillet along with chopped basil
  • Add Braggs, Spike,nutritional yeast
  • Add quinoa
  • Cook in skillet until zucchini is tender or to desired texture

Pesto (inspired by Oh She Glows & Making Good Choices)

1 1/2 c. chickpeas (drained & rinsed)

1/2 c. basil

handful of spinach

2 garlic cloves

1/2 t. coconut oil (optional)

2 T. nutritional yeast

4 T. warm water (more to thin mixture)

Spike (approx. 1/2-1 t.) (optional)

Salt & pepper (to taste)

It was a perfect dinner! I must say that I was so excited to try the recipe that I didn’t really use exact measurements of the ingredients, thus the above are ‘good’ estimations, so feel free to modify!

Do you like pesto? What is your favorite way to use pesto?


  1. Yum! I love your zucchini jumble. Hope you liked the pesto, it was different but good right?

    • The zucchini jumble was delicious!! I really liked the pesto too! I haven’t made or eaten too much pesto in the past & I really enjoyed this recipe! Have a great day!

  2. So happy Travis liked it :) And this does look good!!
    I LOVE pesto! I usually just make it of walnuts, basil and olive oil! Best thing I know is to top of roasted veggies with it. YUM!

    • I haven’t heard of making pesto with walnuts…sounds interesting!! Perfect for roasted veggies sauce..I agree! Have a wonderful day!

  3. I LOVE pesto! It’s the main reason I try to keep my little basil plant living. Men are so funny, sometimes my husband isn’t very excited about a meal when I tell him about it but he ends up loving it too.

    • Guys… :) That’s so awesome you have a basil plant! We planted a cherry tomato plant, but it hasn’t produced the best products yet…it is kind of struggling..I think it might have gotten a bug..literally! :)

      Have a beautiful day!

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