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Oodles of Zoodles

August 9, 2010

Hey guys! Sorry for the disappearing act today—I was busy making a new friend! Danielle, a teacher in State College, found my blog through one of my posts about a local restaurant and asked me if I wanted to meet for lunch today, to which I said, “Of course!” 

We met at the East-West Crossings Cafe, and enjoyed a nice light lunch.  I got a vegetable wrap with fresh veggies, cashews, and avocado.  My camera batter was dead (boo!), and I attempted to take an i-phone pic, but it didn’t really turn out. 

My pic of Danielle’s lunch, on the other hand, was clearer, and I’m glad, because hers was really cool! She got a salad with fresh veggies, a rice pilaf, and lotus root, which I’ve never seen before! Look how beautiful:



Danielle and I actually sat and talked…for THREE hours!!! It was 3:00 by the time we got up to leave.  Needless to say, we hit it off! I’m glad to have another friend so close by! We’ve lived here for over a year, so it’s taken some time, but I feel like slowly but surely, we’re making friends and meeting more people.

Tonight, dinner was raw.  I picked up a HUGE zucchini at the market last week, so I knew zoodles would be involved in our meals at least once this week.  Check out this huge pile of zucchini noodles:

zucchini noodles 

Whoa! That’s the great thing about eating raw—can you imagine eating this much pasta and not feeling gross?  I can’t! But you can eat a MOUND of veggie noodles and not feel overly-full afterwards!

To go with our zoodles, I threw together a Mediterranean tomato sauce that ended up being really great. 

Raw Mediterranean Sauce:


3 tomatoes, chopped

1 tbsp. capers

5-6 basil leaves, torn

3 garlic cloves, finely minced

1/4 cup red onion, thinly shaved

1 tbsp. lemon juice


Combine all ingredients and let sit for at least ten minutes.  Stir and enjoy!


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Zoodles + Sauce: 

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My plate:

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I topped the meal off with a piece of raw chocolate, and a few raw macaroons.

And now, it’s Bachelor Pad time, my friends.

See you tomorrow!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2010 12:04 am

    That is such a gorgeous lunch! What a beautiful presentation. Love meeting new people through the blog world — hopefully you and I can get together sometime! 😀

  2. August 10, 2010 12:44 am

    What a beautiful lunch! And your dinner looks awesome, I haven’t tried zucchini noodles but I might have to soon 🙂

  3. August 10, 2010 12:45 am

    Looks delicious!!

  4. August 10, 2010 1:23 am

    Your friend’s meal was plated so beautifully!! Totally blogworthy!! 🙂

  5. August 10, 2010 1:55 am

    Oh, I tried East-West Crossing Cafe for the first time just last week. Isn’t it quaint? I’ve been meaning to go back to try some of their teas. And hooray for more girlfriends!

  6. August 10, 2010 2:51 am

    I love that you are calling them zoodles. 🙂

  7. August 10, 2010 2:59 am

    How did you make the zoodles so perfect looking? And did you have them raw or sautee them a bit? Just curious 🙂

    PS. I can’t wait to watch Bachelor Pad online tomorrow!

    • August 10, 2010 11:47 am

      I use my spiralizer– it makes them perfectly pasta-like! And nope, just raw!

      Enjoy Bachelor Pad– it’s everything you’d think it would be 🙂

  8. August 10, 2010 4:20 am

    raw marinara and zuke noods are such a great combo..and so easy and if you really want to un-raw it b/c dinner guests just cant handle it being totally raw…you can pop it into the dehyd for a half hour to warm it OR just nuke it for 30 secs which i have been known to do for scott

    your snowballs and comment that you dont have to actually dehyd them…CORRRECT. How do you think i came up with an entire series of recipes, chocolate coconut snowballs (dark, mint, amazing grass, etc)…it’s b/c i thought that dehyd’ing macaroons was a waste of time and the batter was better without dehyd! They are all on my new recipe tab that i am so damn proud of LOL

  9. August 10, 2010 5:29 am

    I want to try zoodles!!!! I just need a spiralizer….

  10. August 10, 2010 7:26 am

    Such beaitful food and slicing in the 1st pic/er..thinning!? in the 2nd pic! But what the heck is lotus root!?

  11. August 10, 2010 11:13 am

    I love making new friends. In fact, Nicole of Prevention RD just moved to COlumbus with her husband and we are hopefully going out this weekend, I love it! Nick and I rarely get out. I’m glad you made a new friend in your area.

    So I assume you have a spiralizer?? I need to get one of those!! We are growing so many zucchini in our garden, and I’m running out of ideas on what to do with it. This meal looks amazing!

  12. August 10, 2010 11:56 am

    That looks like SUCH a gorgeous restaurant meal! I love when places take extra time to plate things…it really makes the meal feel special. It’s been too long since I’ve used my spiralizer, thanks for the reminder to bring it out again!

  13. August 10, 2010 11:58 am

    It’s fun to make friends through the blog! Glad you had fun.

  14. Ginger permalink
    August 10, 2010 12:20 pm

    That dinner looks great – and so easy!! I’ll have to try it (maybe get a spirulizer) Congrats on the new friend – things are picking up, aren’t they?

  15. Emo permalink
    August 10, 2010 12:38 pm

    Hooray for new friends! That’s a really interesting side effect of social media, I think.
    The zoodles look delish! That dish reminds me of a Southern Living pasta recipe I make sometimes, with red wine vinaigrette, onion, tomato, and cucumbers tossed together. It’s really good cold, so I bet it would be good with zoodles.

  16. August 10, 2010 12:44 pm

    How are you finding all of these cool people in central Pennsylvania?! Almost everyone I knew there I knew from before I moved there, with the exception of you and one or two other people. And, of course, my hairdresser.

    I’m jealous! But glad you are making friends!

  17. August 10, 2010 1:06 pm

    Yay on meeting someone new and hitting it off. How fun. That sauce looks and sounds so good – and easy. Gotta love the easy part of it.

  18. August 10, 2010 1:28 pm

    That dinner looks amazing. I can’t wait until more of my zucchini and tomatoes ripen so I can try this out.

  19. greensandjeans permalink
    August 10, 2010 3:41 pm

    That lotus root is beautiful! Also, I forgot how annoying Tenley is…

    • August 10, 2010 3:45 pm

      When we were watching the show, Ryan said, “I feel like it’s becoming more and more clear why Jake didn’t pick Tenley.” He’s becoming a real Bachelor aficianado.

  20. August 10, 2010 4:39 pm

    the photos look great, makes the food look so real!

  21. August 10, 2010 5:18 pm

    Meeting people through the blog is lovely, good to hear that you had such a great time!

    Your dinner looks so good!! I really miss zucchini…

  22. August 10, 2010 5:27 pm

    How fun meeting people through your blog, I’ve really enjoyed that part of mine too.

    Amazing meal photos here, right up my alley. I love hunting for the perfect zucchini to spiralize. 🙂

  23. August 16, 2010 11:36 am

    that looks absolutely delicious! i love zucchini noodles and anything raw…i need me a spiralizer!!!


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