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Kale Pesto

31 Jan

kalepesto

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 🙂

Sesame Soba Noodles

12 Aug

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It’s been a while since my last post.  No, I haven’t stopped cooking.  I haven’t been on some tropical summer excursion.  It’s simply this: I hate my kitchen!  It’s low on counter space and natural light – especially in the evenings when I do most of my cooking – making it difficult to take the pictures I want to take.

But enough complaining.  Let’s make some sesame soba noodles!

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Sweet Potato, Kale and Sausage Soup

14 Dec

MMMM this soup.

Sweet potato soup has been a winter staple in our house for a while now.  It can be thrown together pretty quickly, and I almost always have the ingredients on hand – sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, chicken or veggie stock.  Cook those things together on the stove until the potatoes are fork tender and puree with an immersion blender until silky smooth.  You’ll swear there is cream in there, but there isn’t!  Hearty, filling, feel-good food.

This is one of our favorite twists – the addition of smokey, salty sausage and kale, wilted into the soup in the last 20 minutes.

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Green Smoothies and Chia Seeds

12 Dec

This weekend we got together with friends to celebrate the holidays and some very exciting news!  Our hosts introduced us to the wonders of chia seeds!  These tiny seeds are packed with Omega-3, antioxidants, protein, fiber and calcium.  Our friends claimed that they also kept them feeling full and gave them more energy during work-outs.  We were sold!

Another friend at the party shared her recipe for green smoothies, and after a night of delicious leg of lamb, roasted chicken, butter and bacon laden side dishes and tiramisu, we thought we’d test out both the smoothie recipe and the chia seeds for breakfast!

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