When I stepped outside this morning,
I looked up at the frosted glass sky
and something caught my eye
I thought it was a bird, but
it was a leaf,
A perfect crunchy crisp orange leaf turning to brown.
It was spiraling slowly down, in a graceful dance,
released from a majestic Maple,
and I stood there mesmerized by it.
The sky was incredible, too.
Veiled with clouds, alive with mist
the air somewhere between mild and chilled
all the shades of grey making the remains of the autumn leaves on the ground,
even what was left of the green grasses all the more vibrant.
Such a strange and beautiful sight dappled among the first January frost.
I didn't even pause to take a picture of it for you,
because sometimes you lose the moment that way...
The imagery of the spiral is everywhere, if you are willing to look.
It carries with it ancient wisdom of the outer conciousness leading to the inner soul: the path leading from the ego into enlightenment.
Divine union with cosmic energies.
I see taking care of ourselves as a spiral journey. We usually begin from a place of vanity, and gradually find our way inward, to healing and supporting what cannot always be seen, but has a profound effect on the whole, and, yes, the exterior.
You've heard me say many times, "beauty begins on the inside."
It begins with giving, love, and compassion from our hearts, and extends to how we experience nourishment. When we feed ourselves from a place of kindness, both for ourselves and for the planet, baby, it shows.
Which brings me back to my wish for you to indulge in the beauty of living, loving, radiant raw plant foods, even as the sky turns somber, and the air boldly ventures towards glacial. I gave you a few basic tips in my last entry, but you know me...I like to keep things interesting.
And so, I have a very seductive ladyfriend I want to introduce you to:
This alluring hourglass is known by her street name: The Spiralizer. And, Beasties, she packs a wallop. There are enormous, weighty, stupid-expensive versions of her out there that will take up all of your counter space, and theoretically work better, but I prefer the feel of this lightweight, packable vixen right in my hands.
Her magic? She creates noodles out of vegetables!
That's right, my Loves, you can enjoy all your fave sauces with a light and nutritionally dense "pasta", keeping it raw and real.
I conjured this for you as a gorgeous cold-weather raw dish, satisfying and sensuous, deeply flavored and easy on your beautiful belly.
Wanton Walnut Pesto Noodles
- 2-3 large organic carrots
- 2 large organic beets
- 1 large organic zucchini
- 2 C fresh organic cilantro leaves
- 1/2 C walnuts, soaked for 2 hours, drained and rinsed
- 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1/4 C olive oil, extra virgin and cold pressed
- A pinch Celtic salt, plus more to taste
- Freshly ground pepper, to taste
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
The fist thing you must know is that you can find a spiralizer in in kitchen shop, or online.
The second, that you can use a variety of vegetables here. I've chosen the ones easiest to spiralize, but you can omit anything you don't like, and get playful, won't you? Try different combinations with different sauces, get creative with seasonal veggies...I love the colors here for shaking up a dreary day.
The mistake often made is making the noodles and plopping them right into the sauce, which makes them too crunchy. You won't make that foible, of course. You're going to rinse the veggies first, and lop off the inedible ends. Then, if needed, cut them down so they are slim enough to put through the spiralizer. The zucchini and carrot will be fine as is, but you may need to trim the beets a little. You just take the vegetable in one hand, the spiralizer in the other, start at the top, and twist. (See how it works? Yes! That's it!) You will have little conical bits left at the end that can be chopped up and added to salads, or into a juice shake.
So now, when you have a bowl full of stunningly pretty noodles, sprinkle them with a pinch of Celtic salt, and let them sit in a colander in the sink for about a half hour. This is the trick to making them soft and pasta-y.
While they're relaxing, just toss all the remaining ingredients except the additional salt and pepper into a food processor, and pulse until it gets creamy and mostly smooth. Now ease it onto the noodles, a little at a time, tossing with tongs to really get the sauce in there. Don't drown the noodles with the sauce, Lovers. Just use enough to coat them, and save the rest. You can always make another noodle batch in a day or two, or use it as a pesto-ish spread on gluten-free bruchetta. Add a few grinds of fresh pepper, a tiny pinch of salt only if needed (taste it first!), and a dash of cayenne if you desire some heat.
Now you're ready to plate and...devour!
Vitamins, minerals, macro-nutrients...they're all there, as always, my Darlings, for you, transformed into a luscious and libidinous feast, bringing magick into the body, and radiating outward...
I love you.