DIY Wednesday: Parsley Cream Zoodles

This is quite possibly the simplest dinner I have ever made.  On Memorial Day, I spent the day with my parents and got back home right around dinner time.  I didn’t have much in the house and really didn’t feel like cooking.  Many people might eat peanut butter straight from the jar and call that a meal full of “good fats” (totally not talking about me…) but I wanted to be somewhat of an adult.  I had a few zucchini’s in my fridge and I had made this sauce earlier when I noticed my parsley was going a little limp.  So I quickly spiralized my zucchini, tossed it with this sauce, and called it dinner. DIY Wednesday: Parsley Cream Zoodles | Life Healthfully Lived

Level: Adulting like a boss.

This is a great dinner for those nights when you don’t feel like cooking, it’s too hot to turn on the oven/stove, or you somehow forgot you need to eat dinner and want food fast.  You don’t even have to use zucchini.  You could use regular noodles, other vegetable noodles, even quinoa or brown rice.  You could get fancy and add some cooked chicken, shrimp, or beef or you could add extra vegetables like cherry tomatoes, carrots, or summer squash.DIY Wednesday: Parsley Cream Zoodles | Life Healthfully Lived

The point is when you need food in your food hole NOW this is the meal you can turn to.  Maybe that will be my new blog motto.  Food for your food hole NOW…. Has a nice ring to it.

Parsley Cream Zoodles

  • 1 cup parsley leaves, stems removed
  • 1/2 cup cashews, soaked overnight or in boiling water for 15 minutes
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp dried minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk or 1/3 cup water (coconut milk will make it creamier)
  • 1-2 zucchini, spiralized or cut into thin strips (could also use regular noodles or some other vegetable like cucumber)
  1. Put all the ingredients except the zucchini into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.  You don’t want any large chunks of cashew.  You can also make this sauce ahead of time and keep it in an airtight container until you’re ready to use it.
  2. Spiralize or cut your zucchini and put it into a large bowl.  Pour in about half the sauce and stir to coat all the zoodles.  Add more sauce if necessary or if you just want to be a rebel and eat all the sauce.  You do you.DIY Wednesday: Parsley Cream Zoodles | Life Healthfully Lived

That’s it.  You could be eating in about 10 minutes, less if you already made the sauce ahead of time.  Don’t ever think you don’t have time for a healthy meal.  That’s just a lie the pizza delivery guy wants you to believe 🙂

 

Things I’m Loving Lately

I haven’t shared one of these posts with you in awhile so I thought I would let you in on what I’ve been liking in my kitchen, in my belly, and in fitness!

Yuca RootThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

For our very first Christmas, Adam got me this cookbook called Roots.  It’s all about root vegetables and I was thrilled because 1. I like food 2. I love root vegetables 3. This book had gotten amazing reviews.  I dove in and started learning more about root vegetables and where they come from and traditional ways to prepare them. It’s as much a history book as it is a cookbook.  I love that!  Well, I got to the yuca chapter and kind of skimmed over it but didn’t pay much attention.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I’m grocery shopping.  I see a yuca root at Jewel and on a whim I decide to get one.  I had no clue what to do with it but I knew I had a whole book about it at home.  I made chips with it and they were awesome and I’m obsessed.  I’ve been playing around with it so expect to see some recipes soon….

Maca PowderThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

See? I told you I’m all about the root vegetables.  Maca powder comes from the maca root which is typically grown and consumed in the Peruvian region.  It has this nice malty-caramel-y flavor and I’ve been adding it to baked goods and my smoothie bowl.  It also has a pretty impressive health profile.  I got this brand from Amazon and I’m pretty happy with it.

My Homemade Coconut MilkThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I’m still amazed at how easy it is to make coconut milk and have been making a batch of it every week for smoothies, coffee, baking, and cooking.  It’s pretty impressive and you don’t need a fancy blender to get a good result!

ParsleyThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I know this isn’t that exciting but for some reason lately I’ve been obsessed with parsley.  I buy at least 2 or 3 bunches and put it in everything.  I blend it into my scrambled eggs, top all my vegetables with it, gnaw it raw like a rabbit… ok I don’t do that last one but you get the idea.  I think I’m just ready for farmer’s market season and all the fresh herbs.  Once I can get my hands on some fresh basil that isn’t $2 for half an ounce, all the pesto shall be made.

All-Clad Fry PanThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

For Christmas this year, Adam got me a double-handled all-clad saute pan and then this fancy fry pan that claimed to be the non-stick of all non-sticks.  Yeah. It sucked.  I took care of it exactly how the instructions said and everything stuck to this pan.  I’m not a happy camper when half of my dinner is left in the pan.  My all-clad saute pan, on the other hand, was a dream.  So last weekend I got an all-clad fry pan and all is right with the world again.

Strength TrainingThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I know I’ve talked about Fitness Blender before and told you that we’ve been doing their workout programs but I’m going to say it again.  I seriously love them and these programs.  Their strength training programs, in particular, are awesome and I’ve gotten stronger and am surprising myself with what my body can do.  That’s always a good feeling.  Plus, Kelli and Daniel are motivating, positive, and funny.  All good things when it comes to working out.

Things I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I think Daniel nailed it…

 

So that’s what I’ve been enjoying lately, how about you?  Any new things that you’ve fallen in love with?  Let me know in the comments and have an awesome Monday friends!