It’s only in recent years that I jumped aboard the whole zucchini noodles (aka zoodles) thing. It’s not that I couldn’t wrap my head around it, or had any aversion to zucchini, because, goodness, I very rarely meet a food group I don’t like – I simply was too lazy to get a spiralizer.
If you find yourself in that same boat, this dish may just turn things around for you. The delicate taste of zucchini, smothered in a sunflower seed pesto — a sauce of fresh basil, sunflower seeds, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan. The outcome: a plate of balance and brightness, crunch and savory sweet goodness. It’s worth every bite.
Sunflower Pesto Zoodles
Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Keto
Recipe makes 4 servings
What You’ll Need
3/4 cup olive oil
2 cups fresh Basil
1/4 c cup roasted whole sunflower seeds
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
3 garlic cloves
sea salt and pepper to taste
4 Zucchin, spiralized
1 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup chopped onion
What You’ll Need To Know
Pesto: In a food processor, pulse the sunflower seeds and garlic clove until all are ground well. Add basil, Parmesan and olive oil and pulse together until well incorporated, but don't over mix. Taste for seasoning. Add additional olive oil if needed.
Zoodles: Wash, rinse, and spiralize the zucchini into a large bowl. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the zucchini noodles and sauté until tender, 3 to 4 minutes more.
Add the pesto and toss until the noodles are well coated.
Serve warm, garnished with fresh basil, sunflower seeds, and red-pepper flakes, to taste.