kitchen appliances: the veggie spiralizer

We recently began eating "high raw" for health reasons, but also because we are learning a bunch about how our bodies need more fresh enzymes and nutrients that we don't get in a typical Western diet. 

Anyhow, in this learning journey - we have been experimenting with new gadgets that make eating healthier FUN - like this incredible Spiral Vegetable Slicer!!  We haven't experimented a ton with all the options and blades and variety of veggies, but we are thoroughly impressed and loving our veggie pasta!  This nifty gadget makes long spiral noodles out of squash, carrots, potatoes, cucumbers and fruits too.  All of these can be substituted for pasta, or used in all kinds of salads - as a raw alternative!  The blades are really sharp - so be careful, especially with kids around. 

I didn't think raw zucchini would taste good, but it's amazing!!  I especially love the crunch-factor.  I am excited to begin experimenting with more veggies, and also try new sauces to spice up our new pasta dishes.  I think there is a cheeze sauce made with cashews!!?  Off to experiment some more.....

walnut pate (non-meat balls)

1 cup raw walnuts (soaked)
1 Tb. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp tamari
1/4 tsp garlic powder
dash of salt
1 Tb. minced fresh parsley
1 Tb. onion

Combine everything in your food processor (with your "S" blade) and pulse/grind until smooth.  You will need to scrape with your spatula a few times to get all the chunks processed well.  You can spoon into balls and refrigerate for later.  We sometimes serve with zucchini pasta/marinara sauce, but you can also use for a yummy spread on crackers or use in a lettuce wrap.  This make about 2-3 servings, so we usually double this recipe above to have more on hand! 
glory to Mom for teaching us how to make these!!