A gluten-free summer zucchini noodle salad, packed with summer flavors like corn, basil, and zucchini and vegetarian protein from feta cheese and tofu!
Ever since I became a mother, I have started valuing convenience more than I ever have before.
Simple food preparations seem unnecessary and I find myself buying pre-sliced brussels sprouts, broccoli florets over a whole head of broccoli (unless I’m spiralizing the stem, of course) and cooked beets (love this brand.)
It leaves more time to spend with my family and makes mealtime easier – I can throw something together quickly, because I already have the prepping (and some of the cooking) out of the way.
This is why I’m especially excited for my collaboration this year with Nasoya, my favorite tofu brand!
Nasoya has launched a new organic product called Toss’ables, which come in two flavors: Garlic & Herb and Balsamic Vinaigrette. I incorporate tofu/soy, a great source of plant-based protein, into my monthly diet (and baby Luca’s!), and this makes it even easier – you literally toss the tofu pieces in whatever you’re making for enhanced flavor and healthy protein!
Proteins can be the hardest because they usually require cooking (and cooking = time), so unless you’ve meal prepped, you have to spend some time cooking.
With these Toss’ables in your fridge, you’ll always have an easy, lean, tasty protein waiting for you. They warm up easily in pastas or work well in cold pasta salads, like this pesto zucchini noodle salad.
Since balsamic and pesto are two of my favorites in the summertime, I knew I had to make the perfect picnic salad using the Balsamic Vinaigrette Toss’ables! I topped with grilled corn (hello, Jersey corn’s the BEST!) and some feta for more protein and a salty, creamy bite, but that’s optional if you’re vegan (the pesto is homemade and vegan, but you could also buy our own!)
If you’re weary on raw zucchini noodles, fret not – the longer the pesto sits with the zucchini, the more the zucchini softens. I eat pesto zucchini noodles ALL summer long.
If some of the ingredients in these Toss’ables don’t work for you or you want to make this NOW and can’t get Toss’ables quick enough, I’ve included a separate recipe to make some easy balsamic tofu cubes, using Nasoya’s Extra Firm Tofu!
You don’t need to be a mother to appreciate convenience – if you’re a busy person (or heck, a lazy cook!), these Toss’ables and other time-saving cooked products are key in sticking to a healthy lifestyle.
Note: Although this post is sponsored by Nasoya, all opinions are my own, always.
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