This freaking heat has really been getting to me lately.
As a result, I have no appetite for anything heavy.
I picked up my CSA yesterday and had 4 zucchini, 5 cucumbers, a bag of chieftan potatoes, and basil. With the extreme drought and high temps (2+ weeks straight of 100+ degree weather) the CSAs haven’t been quite as bountiful.
With the basil, I absolutely wanted to make pesto, but definitely didn’t want heavy pasta. Instead, I opted to make zucchini pasta. I had done this before with eggplant and figured it would work with zucchini, too.
The pesto was fantastic, plus I got to use my mortar and pestle!! Overall, the “pasta” turned out pretty well. The only downside is that this takes some time, because you’re supposed to let it drain. I personally don’t know if this really makes a different or not.
Zucchini Pasta with Walnut Pesto
-using a potato peeler (or a mandolin, or whatever you want), thinly slice the zucchini
-place zucchini slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt, and let sit for 30 minutes
-using the mortar and pestle, smash a clove of garlic
-add fresh basil leaves and continue to smash the leaves and garlic, add olive oil as needed
-add walnuts until you reach the desired consistency
-add salt, to taste
Normally pesto has parmesan, but I didn’t have any. I really don’t think it made a difference.
To go with this, I also added some goat cheese and chicken I had cooked and previously frozen.
Total Price: $8.60
-4 organic zucchini: $4.00
-1/2 package organic basil: $2.00
-1 organic garlic clove: $0.10
-handful organic walnuts: $0.25
-4 organic chieftan potatoes: $1.00
-organic goat cheese: $0.25
-1/2-ish pound organic chicken: $1.00
I had no idea this ended up being so expensive. I suppose what I have found is that grains are certainly cheaper than fresh vegetables. Obviously I think this has a lot to do with the recent weather, as the shares haven’t been as large lately. oh well.