Veggie Confetti

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Like many people, when I first heard about all the things to initially avoid on this healing diet, my response was, “What in the world CAN I eat?”  I would feel all mopey and woe-is-me-y, pining for foods I could no longer eat.

Now, after years of eating differently, I’ve changed my mindset.  I’ve changed how I regard food.  I try to have FUN with my food.  To me, nutritious food is a celebration, a creative outlet, and a radical form of self-care.  (I say “radical” because what we are doing is kind of radical, compared to the standard American diet.)

Veggie Confetti started out of a desire for some veg, and a hunt for available suspects in my fridge.  I could have just roasted some carrots, or sautéed some zuke, but I wanted to have some fun.  The result was this dish.  Doesn’t colorful, spiralized squash look like streamers, and smaller bits of veg look like confetti?  And doesn’t fresh oregano jump out and yell, “Surprise!”?  I’m here for it.

You can enjoy this side dish with your breakfast patties, or your dinner sliders.  Enjoy them at any meal.  And think of streamers and confetti, celebrating your radical self-care…

Veggie Confetti
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Serves: 4
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • ½ cup finely chopped celery
  • ½ cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 small zucchini, spiralized and cut to shorter ribbons (a Vegetti works well to spiralize soft veggies)
  • 2 small yellow squash, spiralized and cut to shorter ribbons
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet or chef's pan over medium high heat. Add onions and saute until they are just beginning to brown at the edges, about 5 minutes. Add carrots and celery. Saute until softened, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and saute only until squashes are "al dente." Serve next to chicken, or beef, or...well, anything!


About Wendi Washington-Hunt

Wendi lives in an increasingly emptying nest with one wonderful husband, one amazing teenage daughter, and one spoiled yellow lab, who appears in nearly every episode of her cooking show on YouTube. By day, she is a mild-mannered piano teacher; by night, an autoimmune kitchen warrior. Before autoimmune disease entered her life, she was a martial arts practitioner, and had a career as an opera singer. Her active lifestyle included running and weight lifting. Then she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. She began researching ways to take her health into her own hands. During a serendipitous encounter with an associate at a book store, she learned about the Autoimmune Protocol. Soon, AIP cooking became both the start of healing, and a creative outlet. She believes that humor, loving relationships and fabulous foods are essential for healing. Find her at her website, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.


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