Can you believe it’s already June!? Summer is officially just a few weeks away and we’re already feeling the heat here in the North East. It’s great to live in a climate with seasonal changes and for me, there’s no greater feeling than when the last cold days of spring pass and summer comes through with sunshine, warmth, happiness, and best of all, the freshest, juiciest fruits, vegetables, and herbs!
Speaking of herbs, I may be cilantro’s number one fan. The flavor is so bold and unique and for a little green leaf, it comes with quite a lengthy list of health benefits. Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue, making it a great natural remedy for people suffering from mercury exposure. It has also been shows to have anti-anxiety effects, improve sleep quality, demonstrate anti-fungal activity, have a blood-sugar lowering effect, and provide strong antioxidant activity.
To kickstart the summer, a time when most people jump on the healthy-eating bandwagon and embrace nature’s bounty, I’v put together this savory bowl of creamy cilantro noodles. It’s 100% raw, gluten and dairy free, has no added salt or oils, and will leave you feeling refreshed, renergized, and ready for the season ahead.
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 Servings
- 3 zucchinis
- 3/4 cups soaked cashews (soak for 4 hours, drain the water and rinse well)
- 1 cup cilantro
- 1/2 cup of Italian parsley
- 1.5 TBSP chopped yellow onion
- 1 ear of fresh sweet corn
- 1 cup filtered water (or coconut water)
- 1 clove fresh garlic
- 2 Sweet Peppers
- 1 scallion
- 1/4 of an avocado (optional)
1. In a high-speed blender, combine cashews, cilantro, Italian parsley, onion, garlic, filtered water (or coconut water), and 1/2 the ear of corn (shucked). Pour over the zucchini noodles and mix until they are well-coated.
2. Top the noodles with some sliced sweet peppers, the remaining half of the sweet corn (shucked), chopped scallion, and optional avocado.