We love this Vegan Keto Pesto Zoodles dish! Why? Because it’s easy to prep, very quick to knock up, and the end result is a super fresh, crunchy, flavor FULL meal. It’s keto, it’s vegan, it’s DELICIOUS.
Why Choose Vegan Keto Pesto Zoodles?
For me, the reason I can stick to a vegan keto diet is because I am not missing anything from my old diet, except maybe swollen, stiff joints, and low energy! 😂😂😉
Unless you are a rock-eating alien from a far-away planetary system, you probably loved all things Ital before you embraced vegan keto. And I’m sure, if you were like me, you were concerned (freaked out) at the thought of NEVER eating pasta or pizza again.
And then, again like me, you must have been pleasantly surprised (Super-duper STOKED) when you discovered that vegan keto eating comes with recipes just like our Vegan Keto Pesto Zoodles.
This dish is so quick to make, not expensive, and has oodles of flavor. And oodles of Zoodles… the keto-friendly kind, of course!
Every ingredient adds to your nutritional daily values. Take pine nuts, for instance.
One ounce (28g) of pine nuts contains:
- 3g Fiber
- 4g Protein
- 19g Fat (excellent!)
- 3g net carbs
Zucchini has all this:
- Fiber 1g
- Protein 1g
- Fat >1g
- Vitamin A 40% of RDV (cooked). Raw it only has 5%!
Potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, iron, copper, manganese, vitamin C, A, K, Bs, calcium, and zinc.
How easy (and fast) is it to make Vegan Keto Pesto Zoodles?
This type of dinner is perfect for busy parents who want to feed the fam a nutritious meal in a flash. The vibrant green color of the zucchini Zoodles (zoodles) is locked in cos the cooking time is so short. I love green food! And these Vegan Keto Pesto Noodles are so easy to make you could even train your kiddy-winkles to make it. (Work smart, not hard!😁)
Will This Recipe Break the Vegan Keto Bank?
Pine nuts can be costly, but not if you have them once in a while. And if you can’t get reasonably priced pine nuts you can switch them for macadamia nuts. Other than that, this meal’s definitely no bank buster.
Vegan Keto Pesto Zoodles Hero Ingredients
Pine nuts are perfect for pesto! They complete this dish without a doubt. As I mentioned above they are high-fat, low-carb, and do contain a bit of fiber and protein. Unlike cashews and pistachios, the carb value is low enough for them to be considered keto-friendly.
While I was looking for a good brand to recommend I compared prices. Pine nuts start at $1.25/oz. But only if you buy in bulk. Bulk being 1lb or more. And this price was for 5lbs. So unless you have a huge family or use pine nuts daily, it’s just too much. As soon as you start buying 8oz bags the price shoots up to around $2.25/oz.
The 2lb bags cost around $1.40/oz. This brand was the best price in the 2lb range.
- Food processor or hand blender
- Vegetable spiralizer – ( I use this one, it’s stainless steel. Although we can’t do away with plastic entirely every bit helps)
- Large mixing bowl
- Frying pan
Energetic and excited. This meal is light enough to satisfy your appetite without weighing you down.
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With love from Kind and KetoPrint
- Vegan Pesto
- A bunch of basil
- 1 tbsp pine nuts
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 medium zucchini
- 4 tbsp vegan pesto
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp pine nuts
- Few basil leaves
- Place basil, olive oil (for pesto), nutritional yeast, lemon juice, pine nuts, salt, and garlic into a food processor. Blend until smooth texture. 1-2 minutes.
- Cut ends off zucchini and cut into “noodles” using vegetable spiralizer or peeler.
- Transfer zucchini into a large bowl, add salt. In 2 minutes wring out the liquid.
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet or a frying pan. Add the zucchini and cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.
- Add the pesto and mix well. Continue cooking 2 more minutes for “al dente” or more till soft.
- Serve with pine nuts and fresh basil leaves.
- Category: Dinner