Archive | January, 2013

Kale Pesto

31 Jan

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Do you miss summer as much as I do?  Fresh basil, juicy tomatos, outdoor dining…something other than greens and root veggies from your local farmers?

This kale pesto is a great way to mix things up and hold you over until it’s basil season – and it’s super easy (and vegan)!

All you need is a 1/2 cup of nuts, 3 cloves of garlic, 2 cups packed kale leaves (remove tough stems), 3 Tbsp olive oil, good pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.  Combine everything in a food processor, pulse a few times, scrape down sides, process until it’s pesto (refer to photo).

You can use any kind of nut (I used cashews; pine nuts are traditional-pesto; walnuts are trendy-pesto).  You can use less garlic, or more.  You can add red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese (or nutritional yeast if you’re vegan!).

This can totally be a 10-minute lunch.  Toss it with some steamed veggies and rice.  Put it on some pasta.  Spread it on an english muffin, top with veggies and cheese and stick it under the broiler – mini pesto pizzas!

It’s also good right off the spoon 🙂

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10-Minute Lunch

30 Jan

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I made this super simple and delicious (and pretty!) lunch today, so I thought I’d share in a new segment called “10-Minute Lunch!”

I like to keep lunch quick and easy.  I’m usually in between meetings around noon and can’t always get away to make an elaborate meal.  If I don’t have pre-made salads, left-overs or soups on hand, I can usually throw something fresh and healthy together in 10 minutes or less.

Here’s what I did today:

  • Baked sweet potato** (Wash the skin and pop it in a 400-degree oven for 45 minutes to an hour.  This is so hands-off, I didn’t count this cook-time as part of the 10-minutes.  You could use the microwave to bake the potato if you are more limited on time!)
  • I used this method for a soft-boiled egg.  Worked like a charm!
  • While egg was cooking, I lightly tossed arugula and thinly sliced red onion with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
  • Stack them all on a plate – and eat!

Look at that perfectly runny yolk!

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Sweet Potato Bean Burgers

22 Jan

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If you are a vegetarian who likes to dine out, you have surely had your fair share of bean burgers.  Although I have been known to groan when finding out a bean burger is my ONLY option on a menu, truthfully, I do love them.

What helps keep things interesting is the wide variety of bean burgers you’ll find out there if you’re looking.  Black bean burgers, quinoa bean burgers, black eyed pea burgers, spicy pepper bean burgers, curry chickpea burgers…everyone has their own spin on it.  And you can, too!

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