Raw Vegan Pesto Pasta

This is the simplest no hassle pesto pasta that I know of.. Its completely raw ( no cooking) and gluten free, has the wholesome goodness of soaked nuts and a variety of greens. It takes only 15 minutes to make 🙂 and works as a meal or a salad, however you like it..

Watch me making the pesto on the link given below

OR just follow the steps below 🙂

The ingredients are –

1 cup walnuts ( soaked over night and then washed and dried) Walnuts can be replaced with pine nuts, or cashews as well..

1/2 cup mamoth basil,

1/2 cup parsley ( you could also throw in some coriander if you’d like )

2 cloves of garlic

rock salt to taste

1 tbsp lemon juice

1 Zucchini

STEPS 

Blend the nuts along with lemon juice and a few spoons of water till it becomes a nice frothy paste.

Add in the garlic and salt, and the greens little by little and blend till all is well mixed and you get a lovely light green creamy pesto 🙂

Peel the outer payer of the Zucchini and then peel the rest into fettuccini. Or use a spiralizer to make it into sphegetti.

Mix it well with the pesto and eat 🙂

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Winter Berry bowl

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Since I mostly eat only fruit for breakfast, I often experiment with how different and exciting can I make my breakfast. Apart from fruit only smoothies, I love to blend fruit and eat it from a bowl ( like one would their cereal or meusli).

This is one is super simple – looks amazing and is really delicious, its amazing for these winter mornings!!!

So here are the ingredients

4-5 ripe red strawberries

10 mulberries

handful of cranberries ( optional)

1 frozen red banana ( if you dont get red, go for the normal )

2 tbsp date paste

a handful of frozen black raisins

STEPS 

Blend all ingredients together except the black raisins.

pour into a bowl. Top with frozen raisins. Dive in!

Easy Green Juice

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A green juice is literally a nutrient fast food ! It packs in concentrated nutrients from green vegetables and leafy greens in their most easily available form.

It takes 10 minutes to make, 5 minutes to drink and another 30 min for our body to absorb its nutrient goodness which includes a gamut of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. These help us clean out accumulated toxins ( preventing all kinds of disease in the future),  help build clean blood ( improved circulation and immunity) and alkalize our cells ( healthier organs, more energy and vitality, better skin, hair and lesser inflammation). It a steal deal that you really should not be missing out on.

Now a single glass of green juice contains a lot of vegetables and leafy greens. If one were to try and eat these with their fibre intact, it would be quite a task. Therefore, a green juice is great if you’re looking to detoxify your system, give your immunity a boost, or recovering from an illness and need the nutrients, but do not have enough energy to actually take them in along with fibre.

A typical green juice should have 4 components : –

1. One or more leafy green ( Eg. spinach, mustard greens, beet greens )

2. One or more high water content vegetable ( Eg. Gourd, squash, pumpkin, cucumber)

3. One or more herb ( Eg. mint, coriander, basil )

4. Flavor enhancer ( Eg. lemon, ginger, kokam, gooseberry). If one likes sweet flavour, a fruit can be added (eg. apple, pear pineapple).

So here’s are a couple of my favourite combinations, that probably do not require anything that you would already not find in your refrigerator..  cool and refreshing. Go ahead. Enjoy!

BIO LIVE GREEN

Ingredients 

Dill – ½ cup ( washed and chopped)

Cucumbers – 2 ( washed well but not peeled)

Mamoth basil – 10 leaves

lemon juice and rock salt to taste.

HEALTH NUT SPICY GREEN

Ingredients

Mixed greens (Lettuce, spinach, dill, mint, coriander etc.) – 2 cups,

Bottle gourd/cucumber – 1 cup,

1 clove of garlic,

½ green chilly,

lemon and rock salt to taste.

SHREK

Ingredients

Spinach – 10 -12 leaves,

Bottle gourd – 1 cup ( chopped but not peeled)

mint – ½ cup

coriander – ½ cup,

ginger root – 1 inch,

lemon and rock salt to taste

Method (same for all three) 

Run all ingredients together through a regular blender till they are blended. Strain. If you like it think use a regular sieve, if you like it thin, use a muslin.

If using a regular blender, you will need to add 1/2  cup of water to blend the ingredients.

Experiment with quantities of ingredients to discover what’s perfect for your palate.. and do share it with us too 🙂

Do you have a cold press juicer? Even better. Because the cold press juicer extracts every bit of the nutrients from the vegetables, with adding in any water and because it uses the pressing method, the nutrients remain more intact.

Do not throw away the fibre. Mix it in flour and eat bio live green chapatis 🙂

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