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?

6 Comments

  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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