Healthier Pasta: Spicy Raw Vegetable Spaghetti

Healthier Pasta: Spicy Raw Vegetable Spaghetti

I’m always on the lookout for healthier alternatives to pasta. This Spicy Raw Vegetable Spaghetti recipe from Neal’s Yard Remedies Healing Foods Cookbook is just the ticket.

We’ve really changed our way of eating in the past several months. After reading Grain Brain and several studies linking high-carb diets to heart disease, cancer, and dementia, we’ve been eating grains and pasta less than we used to.

Being vegetarian, we used to subsist on a lot more carbs than we do today. Of course, everything in moderation, and complex carbohydrates have plenty of nutrients that the body needs. Besides the delicious taste, the ingredients in this Spicy Raw Vegetable Spaghetti have the added benefit of helping to rejuvenate and clear your skin.

Spicy Raw Vegetable Spaghetti

From Neil’s Yard Remedies “Healing Foods Cookbook

Spicy Raw Vegetable Spaghetti Ingredients
A handful of pine nuts
2 TBSP furikake (a Japanese seasoning of sesame seeds, seaweed, and other flavorings), or 1 TBSP each of black and white sesame seeds
2 carrots, peeled
2 medium beetroots, peeled
1 green and 1 yellow zucchini, stalks removed
3 small radishes
A large bunch of fresh cilantro leaves, large stalks removed and finely chopped

Dressing Ingredients
Juice of 3 celery sticks (about 4 TBSP)
1 TBSP hemp seed oil
2 TBSP pumpkin seed oil
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
2 tsp tahini
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a food processer or blender, then set aside.

To toast the pine nuts and sesame seeds, heat a small frying pan over medium heat, add the pine nuts and seeds, and dry-fry, stirring until lightly golden.

Put the carrots, beetroots, zucchini, and radishes through a vegetable spiralizer to turn them into long thick ribbons. Alternatively, use a vegetable peeler, or a Julienne Peeler.

Place all the vegetable strips except the beetroot in a serving bowl and toss with the chopped cilantro leaves (adding the beetroot separately prevents the salad from turning pink). Add the beetroot, pour over the dressing, scatter a few of the pine nuts and furikake or sesame seeds, and serve.

Serves 4

Please leave a comment to let me know how you like this salad, or any other recipes you try from Neal’s Yard Remedies Healing Foods Cookbook.

2 Responses to “Healthier Pasta: Spicy Raw Vegetable Spaghetti”

  1. Sandy

    This sounds very good. I’m going to check out a vegetable spiralizer. I’ve just recently been seeing things made with one.

    • Heidi

      Thanks so much for your comment Sandy. I’ve not tried a spiralizer myself, but do use the julienne peeler I link to in the recipe, and it works really well. I’ve tried about four other brands of julienne peelers, and this one, made in Japan, definitely works the best of any that I tried. Let me know if you get a spiralizer!


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