Paleo Recipes: Zucchini Pasta with Avocado, Roasted Tomato & Bacon
We have bacon again this week. It’s always a winner. This recipe for Zucchini Pasta with Avocado, Roasted Tomato & Bacon is from the new book by Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth (otherwise known as Paleo Parents). The book’s called Beyond Bacon.
Every single recipe in the book involves some part of the pig which is some doing in my opinion. But it is more than just a cookbook, it is a great educational resource teaching about why and how we should eat the pig from nose to tail and the importance of eating a humanely-raised animal both for ourselves and the environment.
Zucchini Pasta with Avocado, Roasted Tomato & Bacon
Zucchini is an amazing vegetable. Somehow, it manages to absorb flavor and play well with almost anything you cook it with. It even serves a sthe perfect replacement for noodles! This dish employs zucchini noodles, the base of a dish with the classic flavors of a BLT.
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes
- 6 strips bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
- 1 tablespoon Lard, melted
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 medium zucchini squash, about 2 pounds
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1. Bring a large pot with salted water to a boil, covered over high heat.
- 2. On a baking sheet, toss together the tomatoes, bacon, and basil with the Lard. Sprinkle with pepper, and toss again to fully coat.
- 3. Bake the tomatoes, bacon, and basil at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
- 4. Meanwhile, cut off the ends of the zucchini, and cut them into 1/8 x 1/8-inch "noodles" down the length of each squash using a peeler, mandolin, knife, or spiral slicer.
- 5. Blanch the zucchini noodles for 2 minutes in the pot of boiling water. Then, immediately run cool water over the zucchini to stop cooking, and drain them thoroughly with a towel.
- 6. Once the tomato mixture is finished cooking toss it together with the zucchini noodles and avocado and serve. The avocado will mash a bit during the tossing, but this creates a creamy, wonderful consistency. Don't do this too early before serving, however, or the avocado will brown from the heat of the other ingredients.
- There are special vegetable peelers designed for making vegetable "noodles" that you can find online and in stores relatively inexpensively. If you used to be a pasta lover, it's well worth the investment.
Adapted from Beyond Bacon
Adapted from Beyond Bacon
Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth are the bloggers behind the Paleo Parents website and podcast, The Paleo View. Their success story of drastically improving the health of the whole family and losing over 200 pounds as a couple is a testament to the power of the ancestral health lifestyle.
Part of their journey has led them to an appreciation for the environmental and health benefits of sustainably raised, pastured animals. Their second book, Beyond Bacon, is their grown-up idea of food – it is a love letter to pork that shows you how to cook every delicious part.
They are co-authors of an earlier paleo recipe book, Eat Like a Dinosaur, an allergen-friendly family cookbook.
Are you struggling to sustain a paleo lifestyle change? Or not sure how to start? Or perhaps those around you are resistant and you're feeling undermined and unsure. The Modern, No-Nonsense Guide to Paleo provides practical tools to ease the transition to a full-on paleo life. Each chapter includes strategies, tips and checklists to identify the actions to power you on your paleo journey and create sustainable change. Buy it at Amazon.com.