My good friend Russell James, the Raw Chef, is KING in the RAW arena. I've pretty much tried all of his recipes, bought his amazing e-books, and think he's one cool dude. So, this recipe is dedicated to him and his awesome RAW recipes! To find out more about Russell, head to: www.therawchef.com and find even more amazing RAW recipes!
Before I get into the way to prepare this awesome recipe, I thought it best to explain why RAW is so important in our diets.
Now that summer is nearly here, we are more likely to eat raw food in summer because we are crave lighter, cooler dishes such as salads, juices, chilled soups and smoothies. And that's great as raw fruit and vegetables deliver far higher levels of nutrients to our body than cooked food. I always try to have ONE RAW DAY.
One day of the week; immerse yourself into raw foods – it's awesome! Go to the your local store and buy a huge amount of organic fruits and vegetables. Having one 100% raw day per week can give your body a rest and let it heal and rebuild. Think of it as like a ‘detox' one day a week. If you're new to RAW, then why not sign up for my Green Smoothie Challenge. Click here for details!
And now onto the recipe! It's easy peasy, lemon, squeezy. My 14-year old even said so as she helped me make and then we ate it!
Okay, one more thing.. if you don't have a spiralizer… it's okay! Although they are very inexpensive so if you think you're going to do more recipes like this, definitely invest in one! You can then use a mandolin or julienne slicer instead of a spiralizer.
For the Courgette Spaghetti: 2 green courgettes or in America, we say zucchini 🙂
For the Sundried Tomato & Almond Sauce:
1 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked
1/2 cup almonds, soaked for 4- 6 hours
zest and juice of one lemon
1 garlic clove
1 Tbsp. olive oil
sea salt and fresh pepper
Marinated Red Peppers
1 red pepper, sliced
50 ml apple cider vinegar
50 ml tamari
Red peppers, red peppers, red peppers, where for art thou red peppers? Remember, I was Captain of my Cheerleading squad in High School so my brain is all about poems, rhymes and cheers. Well, red peppers are an awesome ‘super' food. A quick summary: All peppers are rich in vitamins A & C, and K, but red peppers are simply bursting with them. Vitamins A and C, awesome antioxidants, help to prevent cell damage, cancer, and disease related to ageing (am all over that one!) , and they support our immune system. They also reduce inflammation like that found in arthritis. Vitamin K promotes proper blood clotting, strengthens bones, and helps protect cells from free radical damage. There's LOADS more information on what Red Peppers can do for you health wise, but if you've been reading my blog for a while, I try to keep it simple so that you can remember snippets here and there rather than slamming you with a War & Peace novel of information.
So, slice your red pepper and marinate it with the tamari and the apple cider vinegar. Cover your peppers and set aside in the fridge to allow the tamari and the apple cider to absorb in the red peppers.
Next, get your spiralizer… so fun! But don't worry , you can still have fun without one and use a mandolin or julienne slicer instead. You're aim is to create spaghetti or taglietelle like strips out of the courgettes. If you think you'll use this recipe again and again, then spiralizers are actually very inexpensive to buy. Put your strips into a bowl to have ready for the sauce.
Now put all of the Sauce ingredients into your blender and whizz away. You should get a paste-like sauce, but if that's too thick for you add just a bit more water to thin it out.
Pour the sauce over your Courgetti, mix well and top with your marinated red peppers! If my 14 year-old raved about this and ate it all up, then I hope you will too! If you like this, then why not LIKE my Facebook page too!