Julienned Zucchini Vegan Mexican Bowl
This Julienned Zucchini Vegan Mexican Bowl is perfect when it’s really too hot to cook, and this is loaded with good flavors. Omit the black beans for a lower-carb version.
In Utah it’s expected to hit 104F this week, and it seems likely we’re going to set a record this summer for the most days above 100F. I hear some people lose their appetite when the weather is extra hot, but that never happens to me; in fact when summer produce is abundant I’m always thinking up new ways to use it.
My latest experiment was this Julienned Zucchini Vegan Mexican Bowl, and the fact that the only cooking involved was 2-3 minutes to quickly saute the julienned zucchini made this a great hot-weather dish. If you like zucchini and you’re looking for a light summer meal where you don’t need to heat up the kitchen, I bet you might enjoy this as much as I did.
I did make this the idea of a meatless recipe in mind, but I actually didn’t realize the dish was vegan until I was eating it. One thing I thought made this extra good was the chopped fresh Poblano chile pepper, which added fantastic flavor to the black bean, avocado, tomato, and lime mixture. I’m falling in love with these dark green chiles, which are often called Pasilla peppers in U.S. grocery stores.
How to Make Julienned Zucchini Vegan Mexican Bowl:
(Scroll down for complete recipe including nutritional information.)
- Rinse black beans and let them drain while you make the dressing. (Omit beans for a lower-carb or Paleo version.)
- Zest one of the limes and then squeeze the juice. (You need 5 tablespoons lime juice total, probably 3 limes.)
- Whisk together lime zest, 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, olive oil, Spike Seasoning (affiliate link), ground cumin, and chile powder to make the dressing. (Spike is not Paleo.)
- Toss the drained black beans with 2 tablespoons of dressing.
- Peel and dice the avocado and toss with 1 tablespoon lime juice.
- Cut up the tomato and toss with the black beans.
- I used this wonderful Progressive International Vegetable Chopper (affiliate link) to chop the Poblano into very small pieces, but you can definitely chop it by hand. (This pepper is fairly mild, but still be careful about washing your hands after you handle it and don’t touch your eyes or face.)
- Stir the finely diced Poblano into the tomato/black bean mixture. Then add the diced avocado and enough dressing to moisten the mixture and gently combine. (Save at least 2 tablespoons of dressing to season the zucchini.)
- I used an inexpensive Julienne Cutter (affiliate link) to make the noodles, although there are many Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini; take your choice.
- Heat the oil and saute the garlic just until it’s fragrant; then discard the garlic.
- Add the julienned zucchini and cook 1-2 minutes, just until it starts to soften. Then stir in a tablespoon of dressing and cook zucchini about 1 minute longer.
- Serve zucchini in a bowl with a couple of generous scoops of the tasty salsa and enjoy!
This is easy and delicious for a meatless meal!
More Tasty Zucchini Recipes:
The BEST Slow Cooker Zucchini Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Zucchini Ribbon Salad (Plus 23 Zucchini Recipes) ~ The Perfect Pantry
Summer Veggie Stuffed Zucchini ~ Mountain Mama Cooks
Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini with Brown Rice, Black Beans, Chiles, Cheddar, and Cotija Cheese ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
I shared Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini or Other Vegetables. That post might be helpful. Now that I have a Spiralizer, I would definitely prefer that.
If you’re not making four servings at once, don’t julienne or saute the zucchini until right before you’re going to eat it. The black bean mixture will keep in the fridge for a day or two. (I ate some of mine over scrambled eggs, which was also delicious!)
Recipe created by Kalyn when it was really hot but she still wanted to experiment with zucchini. Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 4.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24.9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 426mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 17gSugar: 6.5gProtein: 12g
I shared Three Ways to Make Noodles from Zucchini or Other Vegetables. That post might be helpful. Now that I have a Spiralizer, I would definitely prefer that. If you’re not making four servings at once, don’t julienne or saute the zucchini until right before you’re going to eat it. The black bean mixture will keep in the fridge for a day or two. (I ate some of mine over scrambled eggs, which was also delicious!) Recipe created by Kalyn when it was really hot but she still wanted to experiment with zucchini.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything in this Julienned Zucchini Vegan Mexican Bowl is a low-glycemic ingredient, and this would be approved for any phase of the South Beach Diet. For other low-carb diets, including Paleo or Whole 30, omit the beans and use more avocado.
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