Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Paleo Creamy Avocado Zucchini Noodles

I know better than to grocery shop hungry. That said, I almost always do it. When my kids are in school I usually work out and then run my errands. When food isn't involved in the tasks I'm just fine until lunch, but when I am grocery shopping I suddenly crave just about everything I don' usually eat.

It doesn't help that the caveman is about as far away from living paleo as possible these days. He's very stressed with work and still recovering from being hit by a car in August. While of course this is precisely the time he would benefit most from eating well, instead he's all about simple carbs and white flour and sugar.

When I'm cooking for him he eats well, but when he needs a quick bite to eat it's definitely not my choice of foods. Today I picked up shepherd's pie, a tuna wrap, breakfast burrito... you get the idea. I don't even want to eat any of them, honestly, but when I'm hungry and sweaty I start wishing paleo lunches could be a little more convenient.

So I came up with this pretty speedy lunch that uses one packaged item (a frozen salmon burger) but is otherwise fresh and homemade. The sauce does require a food processor, but other than that the prep and clean-up was nice and fast.

It won't win any beauty pageants, but I can assure you this is a tasty dish! I topped saucy zucchini noodles with a cooked, crumbled salmon burger and an egg. I'd intended to fry the egg but let it cook a little too long, so it wound up being more of a sliced omelette. You can always serve the noodles up on their own or with your choice of protein.
Paleo Creamy Avocado Zucchini Noodles

one large zucchini, julienned
one ripe avocado
2-3 cloves garlic
large handful cilantro
1/2 jalapeno (can omit if you don't want spice)
2 tbs. olive oil, plus additional for noodles
salt and pepper, to taste

Place julienned zucchini in a colander over sink; sprinkle with salt and allow to sweat while you make the sauce.

Put avocado, garlic, cilantro, jalapeno (if using) and olive oil in food processor. Run until smooth, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper.

Heat a little olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add zucchini noodles and cook until they're soft enough to your liking. Plate and toss with avocado sauce.


  1. Yum...I don't know about the salmon burger, by I love how you made the noodles with avocado sauce!

    1. Ha ha Lisa! The salmon burger was a bit of an afterthought, but the noodles didn't look too pretty on their own. SO tasty though!