Avocado Pesto Zoodles

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We’re at the BIG DAY, you guys Big Game Sunday. One of the biggest eating days of the year. I mean, one of the biggest football games of the year.  Or both. Now, lots of these foods are amazing and delicious and possibly even a treat you indulge in but once a year. You know the foods I mean.  The buffalo chicken dips, the gooey, cheesy chilies, nachos topped with lots of guacamole…cater to your inner child for a whole lot of yum!!

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I say, let’s enjoy the flavors AND the game…without going haywire with calories and indulgences!  Let’s take the flavors and make some delightful and refreshing fare to bring along and share… and let’s start with a tailgating, game-watching staple ingredient: Avocados. Outside of a great guacamole dip, the three other best ways to enjoy avocados are as a spread, a snack, and a topping.  Super versatile and super yummy.  A favorite fruit that’s also a superfood! Yep. Superfood.  They contribute nearly 20 vitamin, minerals, and phytonutrients to your diet plus they are cholesterol & sodium free, and more than 75% of the fruit’s fat content is monounsaturated. They are so nutritious! 

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Interestingly, because of its region and warm climate, Avocados From Mexico are always in season – the only avocados in the world that are. Having a fruit always in season is something that makes me happy- as I’m missing the days of farm stands in abundance and fresh fruits that are actually, truly in season. Three cheers for the avocado!  AND, your friends and family will give you three cheers for bringing these creamy avocado pesto zoodles to the party- a little refreshing fare to balance out the other party foods on game day!

Avocado Pesto Zoodles Recipe- This Mama Loves

Avocado Pesto Zoodles

Ingredients - 

2 medium size, ripe avocados

1 tbs. pine nuts

a good handful of fresh basil (seriously, a good handful)

splash of water

salt & pepper to taste

4 medium size zucchini

1 C. cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in 1/2

2 tsp. olive oil

1 tbs. minced garlic

 

Directions - 

#1. Place the avocados, pine nuts and fresh basil in a food processor. Pulse to mix the ingredients into pesto. If needed, add a tablespoon of water a little bit at a time to help make it creamy.

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#2. Spiral the zucchini into zoodles and set aside. (Get a veggie spiralizer– it’s a game changer! Pun intended)
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#3. Add the olive oil and minced garlic in a medium saucepan. Add in the zoodles and sauté 5-10 minutes until tender. Add in the tomatoes and continue to sauté another 5-10 minutes until they burst. 
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#4. Slowly stir in the pesto mixture. I also did this by eye – I like my zoodles creamy so I added almost all of the pesto. If you prefer less creamy zoodles, add a little at a time.
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#5. Heat through and add salt & pepper to taste.

*Makes approximately 2 servings.

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What’s your fave way to enjoy the game?  Are you in the top-3 avocado eater category? Or are you like me, and a game-changer yourself?

Serves 1/2 total

Avocado Pesto Zoodles

Creamy zoodles (zucchini noodles) tossed with tomato and avocado pesto

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium size, ripe avocados
  • 1 tbs. pine nuts
  • a good handful of fresh basil (seriously, a good handful)
  • splash of water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 medium size zucchini
  • 1 C. cherry or grape tomatoes, sliced in 1/2
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbs. mince garlic

Instructions

  1. #1. Place the avocados, pine nuts and fresh basil in a food processor. Pulse to mix the ingredients into pesto. If needed, add a tablespoon of water a little bit at a time to help make it creamy.
  2. #2. Spiral the zucchini into zoodles and set aside.
  3. #3. Add the olive oil and minced garlic in a medium saucepan. Add in the zoodles and saute 5-10 minutes until tender. Add in the tomatoes and continue to saute anouth 5-10 minutes until they burst.
  4. #4. Slowly stir in the pesto mixture. I also did this by eye - I like my zoodles creamy so I added almost all of the pesto. If you prefer less creamy zoodles, add a little at a time.
  5. #5. Heat through and add salt & pepper to taste.
  6. *Makes approximately 2 servings.
Cuisine: Vegan, Vegetarian |
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16 comments… add one
  • I absolutely love this, looks delish!! Totally pinning :) xo

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  • Loving “a good handful” as a measurement. Absolute perfection. :)
    Thanks for joining us at Idea Box Link Party. I’ve included this deliciousness in my features this week!

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  • This looks so fresh and I love all the color! This is a very healthy dish and I bet it tastes very good! Thanks for linking up with delicious dishes recipe party!

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  • I’ve never used zoodles before, but this recipe makes me want to try them out.

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  • Wow! That sounds really good! I just got a spiralizer that I need to try out. :) Perfect! I would love it if you’d link up this recipe at my “Balanced & Healthy Living Link Up Party”. It starts tonight (Thursday) at 9:00 PM EST. Stopping by from the Idea Box party today. Have a great weekend!

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  • This looks so YUMMY! Avocado and pesto are my favorite. I would love to try it :)

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  • I’m trying to enjoy more zoodles! I just got a spiralizer but never thought about using avocado !

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  • I would love to try this recipe! I Pinned this one immediately – it fits in with my current dietary restrictions.

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  • I want one of those Zoodle machines. We eat pasta a lot and this would be a much healthier alternative.

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  • I love pesto, but I’ve never had it with avocado. I would love to try your recipe.

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  • Haven’t tried making zoodles yet. I need to get a spiralizer! This recipe looks so easy to make, healthy and delicious too!

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  • This looks like such a tasty dish. I can’t wait to get this on the plate.

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