Disclaimer: Manitoba has provided me with a sample of their #hemphearts for this review+recipe. I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.
I am determined to eat my zucchini raw. I have eaten awful zucchini pasta dish after awful zucchini pasta dish, all in the name of beautifully defined biceps, glowing skin and mental clarity. Seriously…I feel amazing when I eat raw zucchini regularly.
The last time I felt successful about zucchini pasta was when I steamed it a bit in the skillet with my Paleo Zucchini Pasta with Mushrooms. But you know me. You know that if I think something is good for you, I will keep eating it until I find a way to make it taste as good as it is nutritious. I can’t help it, it’s in my DNA. I was determined to make my noodles raw. If you are interested in the nutritional difference between cooked/raw zucchini, check out this article.
When I made this dish for two and my friend tried it, she asked me if the noodles were soba noodles! That’s how little these noodles taste like raw zucchini once the sauce starts being absorbed. She also did a double take on the roasted vegetables since they were so “meaty.” My personal reaction on my first bite: Yassss! I did it. This ginger-balsamic flavor mingles the flavors beautifully with the hint of herbs from the fresh basil and sage. This is a mostly sweet dish with a hint of salty from the parmesan, avocado and seeds. Upon eating it, I really felt like it was missing that goat cheese type sour/salty flavor, but my friend thought it was great without it, so, I will leave it up to you.
As I told you in my last post on Simple Stuffed Pumpkin Manicotti, I made a trip to the lovely Underwood Farms for the Pumpkin Patch to get $2 sugar pumpkins. And I intend to use them! There is so much nutrition packed in this meal and lots of veggies to boot. If you are looking for ways to incorporate your pumpkins and pumpkin seeds in one recipe, you have to try this out!
Pumpkin seeds are quite amazing for nutrition, especially zinc. The mineral content in general is pretty insane! They have protein, manganese, zinc, magnesium and copper. Definitely worth having these in your fall diet. They are also known for prostate health, so make sure all the men in your life eat these regularly. The Huffington Post touts pumpkin seeds being great for energy and hemp seeds for toned muscles.
So of course I have to include hemp seeds in this recipe since I am super excited to find a way to use hemp seeds in something other than smoothie bowls and smoothies. Hemp seeds are crazy nutritious and worth the time to find ways to use them.
Why You Should Find Ways to Incorporate #Manitoba #HempHearts in Everything
- They taste great – Some people say hemp seeds taste like a sesame seed or pine nut. I love them in this Roasted Vegetable Zoodle Pasta recipe because they add that pesto texture I was trying to create.
- Easy to Use – Just sprinkle away! The sky is the limit. I like to pretend they are an ice cream topping for my friend’s kids when I make them “breakfast ice cream.” They love it!
- Nutritious – Hemp Hearts pack a whopping 10 grams of protein and 10 grams of omegas per 30 gram serving. Manitoba keeps them raw and completely vegan-friendly. In fact, the only thing they process at their hemp facility is hemp.
- 2 Spiralized zucchinis (or at least 1 medium zucchini per person eating)
- 1 chopped sugar pumpkin* (save the seeds to make salted pumpkin seeds)
- 2 chopped carrots
- 1 chopped golden beet (or whatever root veggies are in your fridge!)
- 1/2 chopped sweet onion (I use Vidalia onions)
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp oil (olive or avocado)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- about 2-4 tbsp salt (to taste for pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, packed in!
- 1 fresh sage leaf (if you have it, otherwise a dash of powder)
- 1/2 inch- ? of fresh ginger (no need to peel if you have a high speed blender)
- 1 date (optional, but it adds nutrients with the sweet)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (use the good stuff!)
- 1/2 tsp mustard powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup walnuts (add last & pulse)
- Salted Pumpkin Seeds (from the sugar pumpkin directions or store bought)
- Manitoba Hemp Hearts
- Chopped Walnuts
- Avocado chunks OR soft goat cheese if you aren't vegan
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Prepare 2 baking sheets (I don't grease them since I add oil and toss the veggies in it)
- Chop up the pumpkin first and scoop out the seeds (unless you prefer prepared pepitas)
- Rinse the seeds in water, spread out on the baking sheet, put in the oven for 30 minutes (yes, nothing is on them yet)
- While that is cooking, finish chopping up your vegetables and put on the other baking sheet.
- Toss with oil and sugar, then drizzle about 2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar over the top
- Put in the oven with the seeds (I put my seeds on the top shelf and the veggies underneath).
- Once the timer goes off, add oil to the pumpkin seeds and toss. Then sprinkle salt to taste. Set the timer for another 30 minutes.
- Spiral your zucchini
- Once the timer goes off, take the pumpkin seeds out to cool (taste for desired salt level).
- Flip the vegetables and put the broiler on low. Put the vegetables in the broiler for 10 minutes or until caramelized.
- Throw all your dressing ingredients in the food processor or blender except for the walnuts. Blend until smooth, then pulse the walnuts in or chop the walnuts separately.
- In a salad bowl, mix the dressing with the zucchini noodles, then serve each plate with the noodles and hot roasted veggies.
- Serve and enjoy!
*You can replace the pumpkin with a different squash if you can't find a sugar pumpkin
Now for the #hemphearts giveaway!
One lucky winner will win a 2 oz/56g bag of hemp hearts from Manitoba to try with your next recipe.
- You must live in Canada or the United States
- You must have a physical address
- You must not have won a Hemp Hearts contest before to win.
If you don’t win or miss the deadline, use the promo code: HHSP1015 for 20% off Manitoba’s entire web store at www.manitobaharvest.com. Promo code expires December 31, 2015.