This is probably my most favorite thing to make and have on hand at all times because it elevates any meal to gourmet status almost instantly with minimal effort. With an abundance of home grown tomatoes from our CSA delivery, I almost cannot resist preparing them without this pesto. It’s like wow, all of these incredible flavors bursting in your mouth…….a treat for the mind as well as the body. All it takes is a generous cup of basil, another cup of arugula, zest from one lemon, one clove of garlic and three tablespoons of toasted nuts, a little salt and squeeze of lemon juice. Oh, and the best olive oil you can get your hands on. So simple, it’s hard to believe such complexity of flavor can come from just these few ingredients.
To make it, toast your favorite nuts in the oven or a dry skillet first until they begin to turn a shade darker and you smell their yummy, toasty aroma. Allow the nuts to cool while you gather the other ingredients. Toss washed basil and arugula into the bowl of a food processor, zest a lemon over it, roughly chop a clove of garlic and toss it in too. Have a quarter of a cup of extra virgin olive oil ready to go. Add a bit of salt and squeeze some lemon juice into the bowl and follow with the cooled nuts. Put the top on and give it a whir. Now, pour the olive oil into the top opening of the food processor with it running. You might need to stop it and scrape down the sides a couple of times, but keep going until everything is tiny in size and uniform. Pack it in a beautiful little glass jar! It will keep in the fridge for a week, but I promise it won’t last that long! Enjoy! xxo!
This yummy smoothie is a slam-dunk for those kiddos afraid of green drinks….adults too!
2 C fresh almond milk (or your fav)
2 T chia seeds
3 T cacao powder
2.5 T almond butter
1 tsp vanilla extract-optional
1 handful of spinach
1/4 avocado or 1/8 C plain yogurt
5 pitted dates
1-2 C ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender for one minute or until ice is completely broken down. Taste. Is it sweet enough? Is it cold enough? If not, add a few more dates or honey and/or ice. Enjoy!
In an effort to help my twin sister who has to assemble four lunches for her children every school day, I came up with three of the most nutritious options for trail mixes I could think of, taking into consideration each of their preferences. Two of the girls love fruit, so I mixed nuts, fruit and the chocolate chips for them. Her only boy likes straight forward and simple. So, for him, I did almonds, peanuts and chocolate chips. Girl number three wanted everything but the fruit. Easy! I will do anything for these kiddos….I call them the fantastic four and I am the very proud founder of their official fan club!
I started this little experiment with raw nuts from the bulk section of Whole Foods. I also picked up some dried papaya, pineapple, wild blueberries and cranberries. Oh, and dark chocolate chips! All of the nuts went onto two large pans and into the oven at 250 degrees for 30 minutes. While the nuts toasted, I sliced the papaya and pineapple into little pieces and set them aside. Then, after the nuts were toasted and cooled I started assembly. Tons of nutrients, phytochemicals and antioxidants without all of the added and probably rancid oils present in most packaged trail mixes and packaged nuts! Read more