I’ve been obsessively checking the weather forecast everyday, searching for a hint of cooler weather so I can slap on those boots and that scarf I’ve been dyyyyyyying to wear. I’ll throw the windows open and light a few scented candles, spend the afternoon puttering away in the kitchen.
I’ll settle for 77 degrees. Admittedly, the boots may start to feel sticky after a few hours and the scarf may feel like a noose by the waning afternoon light. But, I’ll settle, because the forecast right now is calling for mid 80’s to 90’s all across the board.
No dice. So, if I have to still suffer my flip-flops (which are starting to look pretty shabby by now), I suppose I’ll keep away from the pumpkin for just a little bit longer. I’ll capitalize on the harvest of summer vegetables that still crowd the markets. I’ll eat stone fruit and blackberries, and I’ll like it.
These sesame zucchini noodles have 90 degree days written all over them. It’s veggies on top of veggies with more veggies thrown in. The sauce is nutty and fragrant with sesame. It’s coating noodles that you’ve ingeniously made from zucchini. There’s carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and cilantro thrown in for color and crunch. Color is always a good thing. Crunch is fun, too.
I’ll be crunching on this while I wish snappy, cold days and golden leaves into existence – at which point I’ll likely start yearning for the balmy, late days of summer, again.
Sesame Zucchini Noodles
1/2 cup almond butter
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons agave syrup
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups zucchini, spiralized or julienned
1 cup yellow pepper, julienned
1 cup cucumber, julienned
1 cup carrots, julienned
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
Combine the almond butter, water, soy sauce, olive oil, lime juice, agave syrup, ginger, sesame oil, and salt in the bottom of a large bowl and whisk until thick and emulsified. Add the zucchini, yellow pepper, cucumber and cilantro. Toss until evenly coated. Best served the same day it is made.
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