One of my favorite summer dishes is creamy Avocado Pasta! It’s light, refreshing and
extremely tasty! It can be made as a vegan/vegetarian meal, Keto friendly, or with
regular noddles and protein.
12 ounces dry spaghetti or pasta or Zoodles
2 ripe medium avocados (about 6 ounces each), halved and pitted
1/2 cup lightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup lightly packed baby spinach leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup olive oil
Optional for serving: Parmesan cheese shavings, cherry tomatoes, or chopped fresh basil
leaves, grilled chicken.
Cook the pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until
al dente, 8 to 10 minutes, or according to package directions. Meanwhile, make the
Make the sauce. Scoop the avocado flesh into a blender. Add the basil, spinach, garlic,
lemon juice, and salt. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. With the blender running,
drizzle in the olive oil and blend until incorporated, set aside.
Drain the pasta. Drain the pasta in a colander, then, transfer to a large bowl.
Toss the pasta with the sauce. Pour the sauce from the blender onto the pasta and toss
to coat. Serve immediately.
Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3
days, but the color may darken.
1. Hi Tori, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
I grew up a military brat born on the Eglin Air Force base in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. I lived in 5 different states before moving to Texas at the age of 7.
Even though I’ve moved around so much, Texas has always felt like home. I have 10 siblings so my life has never been boring, and oddly I don’t come from a musical family. Growing up I was very athletic, (a major tomboy) and a track star in high school. It’s funny because now I’m super-girly even though I’m outdoorsy. At the age of 14, I began singing in our church choir, which led me to pursuing my dreams in music!
2.Who are some of your musical icons?
First and foremost, Dolly Parton is my queen. I always tell everyone she can’t go to heaven until I sing with her at least one time! I’m a huge Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James fan. Stevie Nicks is definitely my second queen.
3.What is the background story behind your latest song “Living the Dream?”
I wrote this song with my friend, Lyndsey Highlander right when I moved to Nashville 2 years ago. Prior to moving, I had been in the music industry since I was 16 years old. We wrote this song as an anthem for ourselves and for all dreamers. So many times you are told “no” and doors are shut, but then they are opened. It takes tenacity and determination to keep going. Through the years, I’ve missed out on a lot of happiness always living for “the future” and not loving where I am at. When we got together to write a song this poured out. We realized that we’re already “doing it,” we’re already “living the dream” and that’s so easy to lose sight of.
4.Is there anything else new coming up with your music in 2019?
Yes! The music video for “Living the Dream” coming out very soon. I can’t wait to share it with y’all. I’m also in the studio gearing up for a new album!
5.What are some of your favorite venues or events to play at?
In Nashville, so far one of my favorite venues to play at is The Listening Room. It’s kind of refreshing because people from all over come there to hear original artists and songwriters. I love that! My favorite venue I’ve probably ever played (so far) is the Chevrolet Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas. It’s a massive stage where artists like Kid Rock, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson have all played, in fact, the same year I did. The lights, the stage, and the crowd… it was nothing short of amazing!
6.What do you like to do in your free time when you are not working on your music?
I have two golden retrievers (who just turned one) so they keep me SUPER busy. I love to cook/bake, enjoy the outdoors, and hang with the hubs!
7.What is your recording process like when working on new material?
I really like bringing my songs to the table and to be involved in the creative process with my producer. Many times the songs are just acoustic/vocal demos and have tons of room for creativity. So, I love having a pre-production to dream and scheme. Then, hitting the studio after!
8.What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Bukowski
Country singer/songwriter, Tori Martin just release her brand new single “Living the Dream,” from her upcoming album. The song is available now through all streaming platforms and digital sellers. The song was co-written by Lyndsey Highlander and produced by Jake Saghi and the song is meant to motivate listeners to follow their dreams. A music video for this song will be released in a few weeks.
Martin also had her image to show on a NASCAR racecar in two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series races at the Iowa Speedway and at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway near St. Louis. The #10 Chevrolet is owned and driven by Jennifer Jo Cobb. Cobb is a long-time NASCAR driver who, like Tori, had a huge dream as a little girl and worked hard to make her dreams come true. Cobb and young karting racer Delana Hodge can be seen in the “Living The Dream,” music video.
Martin grew up in Texas and moved to Nashville in 2017 to follow her music dreams and continues to tour across the country. She has already accomplished success on the Texas Country charts. Her songs “From Here to There” (#22), “Done Deal” (#19) and “Woman Up (#20) are all loved by her fans.
Growing up in Azle, Texas, Martin who is 24 years old has always had a passion for music. She started singing in church as a child and was influenced by her country music loving Paw Paw, who bought her first guitar. She grew up on classics like Johnny Cash and Tammy Wynette. “Stand by Your Man,” was the first song she learned to sing at 14 years old. She started playing at opry houses around Texas. She recorded her first EP, “Falling Straight Up,” in Nashville at 16 years old and played first headlining a concert that same year.
Some of Martin’s musical icons are Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, and Stevie Nicks. She became known for her great vocals and genuine songwriting. In 2014 she was named one of the “New Faces of Country,” by Renegade Radio Nashville and was a contestant on Season 14 of American Idol. The following year, she was nominated for “New Female Vocalist of the Year,” and at the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards. She also performed at Taste Addison, headlined by Granger Smith in 2017. Martin currently co-hosts the “Music Biz Besties Songwriter’s Series,” at Just Love Coffee in Nashville.