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Meatless Monday – Raw Vegan Zucchini Pasta with Garlic and Tomatoes

Hello and welcome (back) to the Miratel blog and thank you for joining us for another Meatless Monday vegan recipe share. The Meatless Monday pledge aims to reduce meat consumption 15% by eliminating it just one day per week to preserve personal and planetary health. Miratel supports this great initiative and includes it as part of its CSR business strategies to spread awareness of the impact of food choices on our environment.

For tonight’s dinner we are going with a raw vegan entrée again that capitalizes on the sweetness of seasonal produce. We featured a raw vegan recipe last week as well that you can check out. A raw – or live food – vegan diet essentially consists of uncooked plant-based food which makes it even better for the summer months. Although food can be heated, the temperature cannot exceed 118f so that the natural, nourishing enzymes of the food are preserved. Just a tip – slicing the zucchini on a mandaline will make this much easier but you can cut it by hand as well. Our thanks to Evil Chef Mom for this amazing recipe and beautiful photo.

Ingredients
8 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 whole raw pine nuts
2 tablespoons torn fresh basil, plus leaves for garnish
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise, slices cut into 1/4 inch long strips
Himalayan salt and free cracked pepper to taste
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Squeeze lemon juice (go light and add to taste)

Directions
In a bowl, combine tomatoes, garlic, pine nuts, basil and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Let stand for 20 minutes. Toss with zucchini, lemon juice and zest and let sit for 10 minutes. Garnish with basil.

This recipe for zucchini pasta with garlic and tomatoes will yield two portions but can be adjusted for more portions as leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day and no microwave required.

I know the raw food diet may sound like an extreme choice to make but you don’t have to be 100% raw to enjoy the benefits of the diet. Being cognizant of your raw vegetable/fruit intake and increasing it any percentage will be beneficial to your overall health. The summer months is the perfect time to sneak in a raw day or two each week as produce is truly at its peak. Close your eyes and savour the raw, juicy goodness of Mother Earth’s banquet.

Give raw a chance – enjoy!

Our thanks once again to Evil Chef Mom for this recipe and beautiful photo.

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to visit the Meatless Monday website and join us in taking the pledge today. Spread the word at home and at work and promote CSR business initiatives to make your green call centre, office, factory, shop, restaurant or salon even greener.

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