Kale-Basil-Parsley Pesto with Toasted Nuts
E: I got home around 7:10 pm today. I didn’t have to cook because I have spaghetti and fajita leftovers. But I was in the mood for a vegetarian dish that incorporated kale. I got the idea to make this recipe once I saw the pine nuts in my pantry. I haven’t made pesto in over four years, so I kinda forgot how to make it. I started googling kale pesto and I found several recipes that used kale instead of basil and walnuts instead of pine nuts.
One recipe from epicurious from Fifty Shades of Kale, by Drew Ramsey, M.D. and Jennifer Iserloh mentions that kale-walnut pesto has high amounts of folate capable of producing a pound of serotonin in one hour- which they say translates into good sleep and a smile in the morning. Umm. .. sold!
E: Happy winter! It was 37 degrees overnight in Gilroy. That is one of the coldest nights of the year. If you are in the mood for something warm, this soup is ideal.
First I have to say I’m sorry for not having blogged in awhile. I’ve been cooking, I just haven’t had time to blog about it. I’m a bit behind. Last weekend I ran a half-marathon and I injured my knee. I’ve been home for three days. Today is Veteran’s Day, so I’m off. Happy Veteran’s Day by the way. The weekend before that my parents came over. They had not visited for over seven months. It was nice to have them here. The weekend before that we went to a wedding, and before that we went on vacation. Long story short, life happens.
Broccoli Salad with Sesame Dressing
E: One way to get back on track with your health goals is to make this salad. Broccoli is a superfood. It fights cancer, maintains your metabolism, serves as a detoxifier, is filled with fiber, lowers cholesterol, protects your eyes, it is extremely high in vitamin C, has calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B-6, magnesium, folate, and many more. Studies show eating broccoli decreases obesity, diabetes, heart disease, promotes healthier complexion and hair, increase energy and weight loss. It’s great steamed, roasted, in a soup, raw with yogurt dip.
My mother-in-law gave me this recipe. She made it for a get together once and I fell in love. I love the crunch of the peanuts/ pumpkin seeds and raw broccoli; and the acid from the rice vinegar. I like eating broccoli in a form different than typical steamed with salt and pepper. It’s Sam’s favorite vegetable, specially when I make it with beef- ha!
Chinese Chicken Salad
yields: 4 generous servings
E: Kudos to me for running on the treadmill today and eating this healthy salad for dinner. I’m trying to be healthier about by physical activity and my eating. Today I even woke up early to make myself a green juice smoothie, and do a 15-minute workout from Women’s Health Magazine. My sister Maggie and I are constantly sending each other our meals throughout the day, and pictures of ourselves at the gym to motivate each other. The same goes for my sister Sandra. Today, naturally, I sent them a picture of this salad. Ha ha. What do you do to ensure you reach your health goals? Perhaps make this salad for dinner tonight? You can’t go wrong.
Avocado on Toast with Chickpea-Tomato-Basil Salad
E: I went on a long walk yesterday morning. When I got back from my walk I was pretty tired and hungry. I didn’t feel like eating eggs. My immediate go to breakfast is a healthy slice of whole-grain bread with a thin layer of avocado sprinkled with maldon salt and red pepper flakes for some spice. I decided to top it with some leftover salad I had from Friday night. I ate it with some super sweet black-berries and a homemade vanilla chai latte. When I sat down to eat, Sam was still sleeping so I had a few minutes to myself for reflection. I hope you have a great meal too.
M: Oh pancakes… I’ve tried so many different recipes and different flours but this adaptation seems to work best for me. For those not familiar with almond flour, its basically ground up almonds fine enough to make it a flour. It a healthier alternative to traditional flour but also pricier. This recipe is for pancakes that although healthier, are still an indulgence so be careful not to eat them too often. Anyway, this is an adaptation of several recipes I’ve found online. My ingredients usually change depending on what I have at the time but for the most part it stays the same.
E: This year Sam and I hosted our first party at our new house. We actually hosted back to back new year’s parties: one for his family and one for my theta sorority sisters from UC Berkeley. One of my friends, Emily, asked if she can bring something to the party. While I usually don’t like to have guests bring something, I was struggling with adding more vegetarian finger food. She is vegan so I asked her to bring a dish. She brought roasted veggies. They were a huge hit. They are so tasty and healthy!! A nice alternative to that heavy, high calorie chips and dips. I have since then made the roasted cauliflower and also a sweet potato wedges in the same way. I find that you can dip the florets into a greek yogurt dip, or eat them as a side to complete the meal.
I’ve seen several version of a roasted cauliflower recipe. Some add thyme and red pepper flakes instead of paprika. Some add capers and thyme. I haven’t tried those versions yet. My husband doesn’t like thyme too much. If you try a variation, please share.