Do you use an EBT card for WIC? Do you have foods you bought with SNAP funds? Do you despise the cleanup aspect of the dinner hour?
How about Angel Food Ministries goods? Or food from a pantry or food commodities? Do you have those? Well, there’s still clean up whenever you prepare food…
In cruising around the web Mother Connie discovered a great idea for a no-cooking meal. This is a great notion for the mom and dad who work all day and come home just too exhausted to cook and clean up the mess! The best part for me, though, is that this is an extremely healthy and delicious meal.
Healthy Squash “Pasta”
And Spinach-Parsley Pesto
5 to 6 large zucchinis and yellow squashes
1 ½ oz. Parmesan cheese, shredded
1 garlic clove, minced
¼ cup blanched almonds, chopped (these can be found ready-chopped)
About ½ cup olive oil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
About 4 cups spinach – dried well and chopped
About 1 cup fresh parsley – dried well and chopped
With a vegetable peeler, peel the all of the zucchini and squash into thin strands. This easy step should take about twenty minutes, and you can actually eat the result as is. The zucchini and squash “noodles” have a pleasant, crunchy texture, and are heartier than a simple salad.
Combine cheese, garlic, almonds, and 2 Tbsp of olive oil in a food processor. (If you’re low on time or you don’t want to deal with a food processor, marinara sauce or pre-made pesto works well too.) Pulse briefly, until a paste forms. Add salt and pepper. Pulse a few more times, and then add in the greens. While the processor is on, add the rest of the olive oil. Make sure not to over-process the greens.
Spoon the pesto over the “noodles” and garnish with a sprig of parsley.
This will be a wonderful summertime dish, too, because “no oven” preparation will not heat the kitchen. Squashes are more plentiful and gentle on the food budget in the summertime, as well. We are grateful to the folks at LearnVest for sharing that great recipe.
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