Spicy Zucchini Pinwheels!

Hey friends!

I’m back from Denver and in Ohio shooting a commercial this week!

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Gosh, Denver was absolutely beautiful, and I had such a splendid time. If you missed that recap post, you can check it out here!

I was thrilled by the delicious gluten free options I found there!

Well this week, being on set, I like to bring my lunch! And this meal is perfect for traveling or taking along on a picnic. Not only is it beautiful, but it can be eaten at room temperature, and is hearty enough to last in a Tupperware until lunch time ๐Ÿ™‚

What exactly is this beautiful dish?

Spicy Butternut Zucchini Pinwheels over Cauliflower Rice!

I don’t care if it’s the middle of summer, I love butternut squash.

Heck – I even make ice cream out of it! And if you haven’t watched my video, consider this your personal invitation!

Yes – butternut squash: the gourd with a funny name that is a bit cumbersome to peel, but that is equally delicious, and — dare I say it —ย BETTER than pumpkin!? *gasp!* “Did she really just…” Yes. I. Did.

So — allow me into introduce these beautiful little two-bite beauties.

They Grain and Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet friendly, and Paleo!

Here’s what you need: (Serves two)

2 Zucchini, sliced thin into ribbons, either with a mandoline, vegetable peeler, or sharp knife

2 cups butternut squash, cubed and steamed
2 medium carrots, diced
1/2 cup cashews
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup onion, diced
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp salt

1/2 head of cauliflower, riced in the food processor
6 button mushrooms, sliced
fresh basil (garnish)

mandoline slicer
Good Sharp Chef’s Knife (This is the one I use and love)
Food Processor
Nonstick Grill Pan
Non stick frying pan
Steamer basket
Ziplock bag

First, slice your zucchini into thin ribbons. I got 7 ribbons from each zucchini.

Next, in the food processor, rice the cauliflower by processing it until it resembles rice. Remove, place in a bowl, ad set aside. Reassemble your food processor. (You don’t have to wash it) – you’ll use it again soon.

Steam the butternut squash by either steaming it in a steamer basket, or microwaving it in a 1/2 inch of water for about 7 minutes. (I microwaved mine).

Meanwhile, sautรฉ the onion, garlic, carrots and spices in 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Le theme cook for about 6 minutes over medium heat, until the carrots soften. Then, add the cooked squash. Let that cook for another 4 minutes, and then remove from the heat. Carefully transfer to the food processor, add the cashews, and process until smooth. You’ll need to scrape the sides several times.

Next, grill the zucchini on a grill pan, over medium heat for about 3 minutes per side. You’ll need to grill it in batches. Lay felt and set aside. Also, grill the mushrooms for about 3 minutes.

Finally, transfer the squash and carrot mash into a ziplock bag. This will serve as a makeshift “piping bag.” Snip one corner of the baggie and pipe the mash onto each zucchini ribbon, down the length in the center.

To assemble, roll up the zucchini ribbons, and place on a bed of the cauliflower rice. garnish with the mushrooms and basil.

Goodness gracious, you guys. What a delicious and striking meal! IT was tasty, filling, and beautiful to boot!

The flavors were wonderful – warm and spicy from the cumin and chili powder. It was complimented by the subtle sweetness from the butternut squash and carrots. And there was a slight smokiness from the grilled zucchini. Just perfect!

Finally, I loved the colors! The deep green with the burnt orange filling looked like a beautiful and earthy masterpiece. Plus – they looked like flowers!

Alright, that’s it for now!

Hope you’re having an amazing week so far! I’ll see you tomorrow on my podcast, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning!” – or right here for programming as usual!


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61 responses to “Spicy Zucchini Pinwheels!”

  1. Iโ€™ve got to try this. I absolutely love butternut squash. (Itโ€™s even better than sweet potatoes when properly prepared. ๐Ÿ˜ณ)

  2. That’s an awesome recipe! Thanks so much – I too love butternut squash any time of year (def better than pumpkin). Being quite lazy though, I sincerely dislike that peeling and dicing bit so what I do is cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, put the squash halves on a tray and roast in the oven at low temperature until cooked. A bit of of your favourite vegetable oil rubbed into the open squash faces helps prevent drying. Once the squash is cooked, all you have to do is remove it from the oven, wait until it cools and scoop out the goodness. But of course, steaming will give it a slightly different flavour so maybe steaming is best ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you so much! Yep! Thatโ€™s what I do too! I bake probably 4 butternut squash a week! Haha I love roasting the seeds too!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugs and love xox

  3. Looks great and inviting, my dear friend ๐Ÿ™‚
    Yam, yam – slurp slurp LOL – my eyes and thoughts are already eating ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a great day my friend

  4. My religion is food (isn’t that universal๐Ÿ˜), so I love these posts of yours. Will have to try this one out when I have some time. Actually today would have been best (Thursday being vegetarian day in our house) but don’t have all the ingredients. I don’t eat meat, so for Thanksgiving my wife always makes a “vegetarian” turkey for me. Roasted butter nut squash with stuffings(Basmati rice, nuts, raisins, spices etc. etc.). Other than that, don’t consume butter nut squash that much. Will take your word that butter nut squash is better than sweet potato(that I use a lot) and try as replacement.

    • Aw thanks so much! Oooh that sounds like an amazing dish. ๐Ÿ™‚ yes!! Hugs and love xox

  5. Great Dish. All the right stuff to provide an experience. I find that your posts reveal much about you and sustains the opinion that you are truly amazing. Bless you Girl xo

  6. Not only does this sound deliecious I love the way you write. So quircky and cute ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the post ^^

  7. Yum, personally more of a carnivore but I’d be lying if I said this didn’t look and sound like a juicy meal! Thanks for sharing this with us, definitely a recipe to try out next time greens are on the menu.

  8. Thank you for sharing your creative colourful and vibrant dishes. Food shared around the table brings life and oneness. Your food offers an invitation to simply enjoy and be spoilt. The Lord bless you for your artistic flair…… Many thanks !

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