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IMG_7712Papaya Pasta – Thank you, lovely BRA*ZIL, for the inspiration!

I had THREE goals in mind when I made this recipe.

1. (Optionally!) Use the spiralizer. ~ From the {fave raw food kitchen gadgets under $50}

2. Do something different using BRA*ZIL‘s succulent tropical fruits.

3. Make sure it’s easy and delicious, as always! :-)

I had no idea this recipe would turn out so fabulously, but WOW, it sure did! If you can get papaya and avocado where you live, join me from anywhere in savoring the flavors of BRA*ZIL. So here goes… I so hope you enjoy this one! Love, Eva

PASTA INGREDIENTS
3 medium zucchinis
1 large carrot

PASTA INSTRUCTIONS
[Note: BEFORE you start spiralizing, go ahead and cover the cashews and/or Brazil nuts with water to soak a bit longer!]
Spiralize the zucchinis and carrot using the angel hair (or larger pasta) setting. Set aside your “nubs” (the end pieces left over after spiraling) for the blender!

SAUCE INGREDIENTS
1 cup cashews and/or Brazil nuts
1/2 medium papaya
seeds from the FULL papaya!
zucchini and carrot nubs
1 lime, juiced

SAUCE INSTRUCTIONS
1. While preparing the other ingredients for this dish, soak your cashews and/or Brazil nuts.
2. Scoop the papaya meat out of your papaya, and include ALL the seeds in the blender. Set aside the other half for garnish.
3. You should have bits of leftovers from spiraling the zucchini and carrot. Add those to the mix!
4. Discard the soak water from your nuts, and blend everything together until smooth.

GARNISH
1 avocado, diced
1/2 medium papaya, diced
1/2 medium bell pepper, diced
Salt + pepper, to taste

PLATING & BEYOND
You may like to plate this dish with the dressing already mixed together with the noodles (as pictured) or to drizzle the dressing onto the noodles. Add your garnish to the top for a lovely mix of colors, and ENJOY!

SPECIAL NOTES – PAPAYA SEEDS!
When I was pregnant with Lilla I had a noteworthy experience with papaya seeds. On a lovely summer day there I was sitting outside at Viva Verde Cafe, ready to enjoy a green smoothie. The special of the day included papaya seeds, unbeknownst to me. I was overwhelmingly repulsed at the flavor while our (non-pregnant) clients enjoyed the same smoothie without challenge!

I was so surprised at my strong reaction, that I researched papaya seeds more in depth and found out that in many cultures, women who are pregnant completely avoid papaya seeds. Of course I did too after my awkward display of disgust at our own smoothie!

On a somewhat related note (except that it sounds pretty strange to mix children with parasitic creatures)… Ask any earthy woman in the countryside of Brazil and they’ll tell you that papaya seeds are AMAZING for killing parasites.

OPTIONS – IF YOU DON’T HAVE A SPIRALIZER
Check out the {fave raw food kitchen gadgets under $50} for more info. It’s SUCH a great investment if you’re up for it!

If not – no worries!

(Alternative Option 1) Julienne the carrot and zucchinis.
(Alternative Option 2) Using a veggie peeler, peel your veggie lengthwise so you have long fettuccine-like noodles.

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