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Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Proponents of a raw diet say that raw foods are higher in vital enzymes -- but it doesn't take a scientist to tell you that raw vegetables are good for you. This recipe (adapted from Eat Raw, Eat Well) is vegan, gluten-free and totally raw except for the sunflower seeds in the pesto, but you can use raw seeds instead of roasted ones. The dish takes quite a bit of prep work, but it's super- easy to make.

See also: Vegan gnocchi pesto bake for a satisfying dinner on Meatless Monday

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

You will need: 3 large parsnips 4 medium carrots (3 large) 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (cold-pressed) 2 lemons 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt 4 cloves garlic 1/2 cup sunflower seeds 1 bunch fresh cilantro

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

1. Peel the carrots and parsnips.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Using a Y-shaped ("slingshot-style") vegetable peeler, peel the carrots and parsnips into long, thin ribbons (lengthwise).

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Put them in a large bowl as you peel. Juice the two lemons.

 

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon of salt and toss until the vegetables are coated. Set aside to let the ribbons absorb the flavors while you make the pesto.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

2. Peel the garlic and place in a food processor.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Add the sunflower seeds.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Add the remaining lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Process until blended -- but you don't want the sunflower seeds totally pulverized, so don't go too far!

 

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

3. Rinse the cilantro and then pull off the leaves and add them to the food processor.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Process -- you should have a thick pesto now.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Add the pesto to the carrot/parsnip ribbons.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

Toss until the vegetable ribbons are coated with pesto.

Raw parsnip and carrot "fettucine" with pesto for Meatless Monday

You can also make this recipe with a more traditional basil/pine nut pesto -- or experiment with different kinds of vegetables.



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