Light, bright and easy-to-make, these avocado, lemon and dill zoodles are the perfect summer side dish. Whole30-friendly, paleo, vegan, gluten-free and, most important, delicious!
Simple might be my all-time favorite word. Next to serendipity, which I think is just the prettiest and happiest word in the dictionary. Simple means no fuss and no sweat. However, it DOES NOT mean boring. In fact, I think we can all agree that we need more simplicity in our world of crazy Snapchat filters, endless to-do lists and myriad emojis (thank goodness for the new ones though). Why not start with our food?
I’d like to think that I’m a relatively simple person. I don’t need/want a fancy car or expensive clothes. I get excited over a fully stocked fridge, a ripe avocado and when my dog (and now puppy!) greets me at the door. I like quiet, low-key nights. I have zero issues just sitting on the couch and not doing anything.
But in many ways, big and small, there is room for improvement when it comes to simplicity. I don’t need 10 jars of nut butter at once (want, yes. Need, no). I could spend way less on groceries (see above). I catch myself mindlessly scrolling through social media on my phone, while watching TV nonetheless (not proud of this habit). I tend to over think situations and cause unnecessary worry.
Simplicity feels SO good, but it’s no doubt hard to follow through in some cases. Yoga and running outdoors are two times/places/events that really help me find that calmness in life. Oddly enough, another place where I’m starting to feel calm is in the kitchen (the only caveat is when my entire family is in our very small kitchen at the same time. Then I want to scream). I 100% understand if that’s not the case for you, because I got anxious in it for years. Even though it can be overwhelming, I’ve found a style that doesn’t stress me out. I gravitate toward minimal ingredients and preparation.
Truthfully, one of the reasons I was hesitant to start posting recipes on my blog is because most of the things I cook don’t “require” recipes. I just make them up as I go along and feel silly for writing and publishing them. I see tons of other blog recipes that are very simple, and you could argue don’t “need” a recipe, so I figured why not chime in myself. I see so much benefit in sharing ideas and hopefully sparking interest or inspiration for others. That’s the point in the circle of blogging life, right?
To summarize, you don’t need no college degree to make or follow this recipe. It’s just a bunch of flavors put together that taste amazing.
I’m honestly mad at myself for waiting this long to post a zoodle recipe because I eat them at least three times a week in some shape or form (check my WIAW or Instagram for evidence). They are just so versatile and fun…or as fun as vegetables can be. I have two go-to zoodle recipes, this one and an even more simple two ingredient one: sauté the zoodles with lemon and olive oil. Add basil if you’re crazy.
As for this one with avocado sauce, I love pairing it with some baked salmon or chicken. It’s a lighter, summery dish but filled with all the good stuff (healthy fats and greens).
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- 2 large zucchini
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup of chopped dill
- 1 avocado
- 2 tsp of olive oil
- Mix avocado, dill, lemon juice and olive oil in a food processor until full blended.
- Wash, peel and spiralize the zucchinis.
- In a large bowl, throughly mix avocado sauce with zoodles.*
- Serve and enjoy.**
- *I used my hands to mix the sauce and zoodles. Whatever works :)
- **You can store in the fridge for later, but I suggest saving the sauce and raw zoodles separately and mixing before eating.
Join the conversation:
How do you add simplicity into your life? How could you improve?
What is your favorite meal that “doesn’t require a recipe”?
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