Tuna Basil Pesto Veggie & “Cucumber Pasta”

 

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I got a new kitchen gadget today- a spiral vegetable slicer on sale for only $14 from Superstore (we’ll see how long it lasts considering it’s so inexpensive AND I have a toddler!)

Here it is…Tada!! Everest is having a blast making cucumber spirals and it was a great and fun way for him to be more inspired to eat veggies! 😉

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Serves 2 plus one serving enough for one hungry toddler 🙂

Ingredients:

For “pasta”

2 to 3 long cucumbers, washed

1/4 of red onion, diced

2 carrots

1-2 tbsp Kirkland Basil Pesto Sauce (or make your own for a healthier, less sodium version) This was just quick and easy for us! We love this pesto sauce Costco sells!

Optional: 1 can tuna or protein of choice (chicken, turkey)

Pepper to taste

Note: You can get more creative by adding various other veggies: bell peppers, mushrooms, etc.

Directions:

1) Create spiral cucumber pasta with spiral vegetable slicer (this IS fun!) 

2) Grate carrots (or spiral too)

3) Add all ingredients together and toss in Basil Pesto Sauce!

4) Enjoy!

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BENEFITS:

Cucumber: Flushes out toxins, manages stress due to B vitamin (B1, B5 and B7), decreases risk of cancer, improving memory, protecting nerve cells from age-related decline, fights inflammation, contains numerous antioxidants (e.g., vitamin C and beta-carotene), skin friendly minerals (magnesium, potassium, silicon), supports heart health, supports digestive health and helps maintain a healthy weight (low calories, high water and fibre content) and freshens breath.

Basil Pesto: Basil is full of phytochemicals that act like antioxidants, which reduces your risk of cancer, heart disease and other chronic health conditions. Garlic lowers cholesterol, prevents & treats colds, and controls weight. Olive oil is a healthy monosaturated fat which help lower blood cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

 

 

 

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