There is certainly nothing like a comforting bowl of noodles, especially with a rich & creamy sauce! But when the weather heats up I like to lighten up that craving with a bowl of “spiralized” veggie noodles. My typical go to is the all mighty green zucchini, but the truth is, you can spiralize just about anything, and turn something like this…
Spiralized red beet “noodles.” Beautiful, eh?
I was on spring break from my school job last week & we had a bit of a heat wave. Nothing too extreme, but warm enough for me to open the windows, turn on the fans, slip into a summer dress, & crave delicious raw foods. A bowl of raw zucchini pasta with basil pesto sounded divine, except, there wasn’t a zucchini to be found in my kitchen, & as I was enjoying a lazy afternoon, I didn’t feel like making a trip to the market. Boring ole salad looked like it would have to make do, until I saw a bunch of beets in the crisper that had been seriously neglected. As I mentioned, you can spiralize just about anything…so why not beets?
And that is exactly what I did, & a few carrots too, but the beet’s deep red juices coated the carrots & turned them more of rich electric pink! Now, I must warn you that this is a messy endeavor. Take off that crisp white blouse, or t-shirt & put on something that you won’t mind getting a little dirty. Once spiralized, the beets begin to expel a lot of juice! Get ready for it to be all over your kitchen, hands, face, etc. Hope that no one walks in unexpectedly & passes out at the sight of all that beet carnage! Just kidding, kinda. It really does turn your workspace into a bit of a blood bath fit for a horror film. But that is the fun of it too. Rub a bit of juice on your lips & cheeks for some natural makeup, maybe do some finger painting? Have some fun with it. Oh & when it comes time to eat, make sure you tuck a paper napkin into the collar of your shirt & mind the splatter! I am realizing I might be talking you totally out of this recipe! Sure there is some clean up involved, & your hands may be pink-stained for the remainder of the day, but it’s all in the name of delicious raw vegan food!
For the sauce, I whipped up my favorite “lemon tahini dressing” adding a bit less water than usual, as the beets give off a lot moisture. The veggies quickly absorb the sauce, so it may not look like it’s there, but trust me, it is & your taste buds will know too! Set a bit aside to drizzle over the noodles before serving if more dressing is desired. To round out the flavors & add another pop of beautiful color, I added some fresh lemon zest & fresh basil.
- 3 medium beets, peeled & spiralized
- 2 small carrots, peeled & spiralized
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup tahini
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- ¼ - ½ cup water
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon zest, divided
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- Handful of fresh basil, chiffonaded
- Using a spiralizer, make beet & carrot pasta
- Combine evoo, tahini, lemon juice, lemon zest, water, salt & garlic in a blender & blend until smooth & creamy
- Pour desired amount of dressing over beet pasta & garnish with fresh basil & remaining lemon zest. Allow to "marinate" for up to one hour to soften noodles, or eat immediately if you don't mind a little crunch. Drizzle a bit more dressing over noodles before serving, if desired.
Another tasty addition is to add a bit of “cheese” to the noodles. I used my favorite recipe for “Sun Cheese” that I learned at my friend Katie’s cooking class. I make this stuff at least 2-3 times a month to sprinkle on salads, spread on crackers or sandwiches, or honestly, just eat right of the spoon! It’s a delicious raw blend of sunflower seeds, sea salt, lemon juice & garlic flavored olive oil. Yummmy!
And, I know, I know, beets aren’t for everyone. A big plate of dirt noodles might not be your jam. It took me a long time to learn to appreciate that “je ne sails quoi,” that I now gently call “earthiness.” But if you do have a bit of room in your heart for beets, give them a little whirl in the spiralizer. It’s a fun little art project that is surprisingly delightful.